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Fillmore Central passes on Special Ed. consortium


Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about a request from a southern Minnesota special education consortium to join with the district.

According to Keith, it is sometimes difficult for the small districts to find psychologists and speech pathologists, and they often have to share services with other schools. Right now, Fillmore Central does have a speech pathologist.

Keith said that joining forces with the consortium has certain risks, including financial ones. There is also the possibility that they would have to share the speech pathologist and have for less time.

Michelle Breitsprecher, Special Ed. Director, was asked if she thought joining would solve any of their problems with staffing difficulties.

“It may make it stronger to find things, but does it solve everything? No,” replied Breitsprecher.

Chairperson Ross Kiehne said the district is always open to creative ways to work with other small districts, but they also have to look at what makes sense.

Keith also added that the Root River Program, which is currently a Fillmore Central program, could become a consortium program, and there is the potential it would be moved to a more central location.

It was agreed amongst board members that the special ed. arrangement with Kingsland is working well, and they did not feel the need to continue discussion with the consortium.

Personnel

The board approved rescinding the hire of ECSE Paraprofessional Jessica Marzolf, and approved the hire of Kelly Jo Dornink for that position.

The resignation of Katie Gilman, daycare paraprofessional, was approved. The resignations of Aubrey Johnson and Ashley Case were also approved.

The hires for extra-curricular staff were approved, including Joseph Cullen for assistant wrestling; Alan LaFluer, assistant wrestling; Domingo Kingsley, seventh grade girls basketball; John O’Connor, 9th grade girls basketball; and Jackie Whitacre, speech and one act play.

Other Business

The board approved the sale of a baler that is in the boiler room at the high school that is no longer in use. They also approved the sale of the 12-passenger van, as there is a state law that schools can no longer have 12-passenger vans.

The board approved the Literacy Plan, which is don .....
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Bring it on! Fillmore Central Style

By Gabby Kinneberg

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Gabby Gatzke Growing up, our parents often offer us a variety of opportunity to try different activities in school and in our communities. For Garrett Wangen, a 12 year-old at Fillmore Central High School, an opportunity arose and he took adva ..... 
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Preston Overlook good for another 75 years

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The historic Preston Overlook has undergone a thorough makeover. Over the last three months, 75 years of time and weather has been erased. The Preston Overlook was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. It is a 1.8 acre property ..... 
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Caboose has rolled into Preston

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers A 1951 Milwaukee caboose has arrived at its destination at the Trailhead in Preston, Minn. after much planning and anticipation by the Preston Historical Society. The Historical Society found the caboose in Mauston, WI., and purcha ..... 
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F&M Bank of Preston has a new look

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Barb Jeffers F & M Bank of Preston, Minn., has received a facelift which both the bank customers and staff appreciate. According to Dan Christianson, CEO of F & M Bank of Preston, the remodel was necessary, as many items needed to be updated. ..... 
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Preston High School Class of 1967

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston High School Class of 1967 - 45th class reunion was held August 25, 2012. Row 1 (seated) left to right – Lorraine (Bigalk) Peckham, Jackie (Lindorff) Hoegh, Linda (Wendt) Wilson, Ilene (Engle) Lammers. Row 2 left to right – Ernie Klockeman ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Carly June Ramaker

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Carly June Ramaker Cory and Wendy Ramaker are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Carly June, on September 5, 2012. She weighed 8 lb. 4 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. She is welcomed by brother Rowan. Grandparents are LuVerne and Carold Sol ..... 
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Open house to feature Preston High School pictures

Thu, Oct 25th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Historical Society will have the O’Hara Schoolhouse open for visitors on Saturday, October 27, 2012, for a Fall Event and Open House. The event will run from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The featured display will be the Preston High School Pict ..... 
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Ronald L. Miller

Tue, Oct 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

RONALD L. MILLER, 61, of Preston, died Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul. A celebration of life will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM Friday, November 2, 2012 at the serviceman's club in Preston. A private family burial will take ..... 
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