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A positive audit report for Fillmore Central


Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

At Fillmore Central’s recent school board meeting, Jason Boynton of Smith and Schafer presented the annual audit report.

Boynton said expenditures were down a little, with a slight decrease in administrative costs. The general fund has been in the positive for several years. There was $6 million in revenue, with expenditures being a little less. He said the fund balance is pretty good right now.

The food service is operating at positive with $32,420 set aside for capital funds. The community services fund balance has been built up a little and is now at $79,381.

Outstanding debt is just under $4 million. Some of the bonds will be paid off soon. OPEB (other post-employment benefits) funds have a balance of $377,000.

Boynton said the district is operating strong with 60 percent of expenditures in the general fund balance. He didn’t see any problems.

Technology update

Neil Lundgren spoke to the board about the recent technology updates made at both the Harmony and Preston sites.

Over the summer, Lundgren and Aaron Janssen worked at upgrading the network. They replaced old hardware, switches and hubs. He said the old equipment they tore out was very outdated, and the new equipment will run faster and more efficiently. They also installed new IP camera systems in each building. They replaced the wireless hardware, and there are now access points in the classrooms instead of the hallways.

In the future, Lundgren said they are looking at an IP phone system, which is wireless. They have purchased two to test at $140 each.

Lundgren said what they learned this summer was incredible, and he thanked the board for their support.

Principal reports

Principal Heath Olstad said the total sales at the Elementary Scholastic Book Fair were $6,200, which is more than last year. The school will be getting $3,700 in Scholastic Dollars to purchase more books for the library.

The Scholar Club program was on November 19 for students who received a GPA of 3.5 or higher last year. Kerry and Jane Kingsley were the guest speakers.

The K-6 Holiday Concert is coming up on December 1 at 7 p.m. The choir concert is December 8, and the 5-12 band concert is December 15.

Community Ed.

Keith informed the board the Community Ed. director, Angie Kaase spoke with the Lions Cl .....
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Preston adopts assessment roll for 2014 improvements

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The public hearing concerning assessments due to the Twenty-14 Street and Utility Improvements was held on November 17 during the Preston city council meeting. Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the 2014 improvements that involved a substantial por ..... 
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Celebrating National Homecare Month

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Good Samaritan Society Home Care of Preston is happy to be celebrating in the month of November not only National Homecare month, but also the ongoing 20 year celebration of their existence. This service which was somewhat unique in 1994 is more the ..... 
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Richard Wildgrube

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard “Dick” Wildgrube, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Hospital ER. Dick was born March 10, 1932, in Winona, Minn., the son of Roy and Marie (Troppman) Wildgrube. He was a graduat ..... 
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Preston Lions celebrate 70 years

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

The Preston Lions Club of Preston, Minn. have a reason to celebrate. Club members, spouses, and guests gathered on November 17, 2014 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the clubs formation. Preston Lions Club was founded on November 29, 1944 whe ..... 
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Lions Club Peace Poster winners

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Lions Club Peace Poster winners Winners of the Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Preston Lion’s Club were awarded their prizes November 13. Joe Liew, first place and Ariannah Barrett, third place, are pictured. Second place winner, Liala Vorw ..... 
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Assessment Hearings in Preston

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Two public hearings concerning assessments for St. Paul St. improvements and the North Industrial utility improvements were held on November 3 during the Preston City Council meeting. Only one property owner attended the hearings. St. Paul St. Br ..... 
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FCHS to host financial aid/college information night

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid/College Information Night on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from St. Mary’s University in Winona will be here with a financial aid pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central students prepare for college

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

With the first quarter of the school year already gone, some Fillmore Central High School students are making plans for their futures. At the school board meeting on October 28, Principal Heath Olstad stated juniors would be attending a college f ..... 
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