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Fillmore Central School Board looking at high school schedule changes


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton

Fillmore Central Principal Heath Olstad gave the school board his report during the regular meeting on March 25, and he talked about the possibility of making some changes to the daily schedule at the high school. For a while now, they have been discussing ways to offer math and English classes all year instead of for one semester. Right now, the seventh and eighth graders have math and English on alternate days throughout the entire school year. The issue is to see if it can be done while keeping the same teacher FTE hours.

Olsted mentioned one possibility of having alternate days on all classes, so the classes one would have first semester would be on even days, and second semester on odd days, or vice versa. There is always the possibility of going back to a seven- or eight-period day.

Board member Emily Ellis said the scheduling committee is looking at keeping the longer period of class time that comes with a four-period day, as that is what the students and teachers prefer. Classes last 75 minutes, and this can be a plus for science labs, and other classes as well.

Deb Ristau asked if it was absolutely necessary to keep the four-period day. She said she has nothing against it, but she knows it’s not perfect, and she would like to see math and English be all year.

Ellis said they have gone over every possibility.

The board approved having the committee pursue the options.

Technology committee

Superintendent Richard Keith spoke on behalf of the technology committee and their recent meeting. The committee discussed policies and what purchases to make in the near future. They also discussed many options when it comes to providing electronic notebooks for high school students, including the possibility of allowing the student to pay a damage deposit to keep it with them at all times, having students use it at school only, or having a lease program which will allow to the student to keep the notebook at the end of a certain period of time.

Keith also mentioned that e-textbooks are becoming more and more commonplace in schools. “There are current textbook companies that are producing books, but also electronic versions of those books, for the same price generally,” he said.

The electronic versions of textbooks are more like software than actual books, he explained, with more interactive activit .....
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Philip J. Lehn

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Philip J. Lehn, former Preston, MN resident, died suddenly at his home on March 4, 2013. Philip Jerome Lehn was born November 25, 1946, in Fergus Falls, MN. He graduated from high school in Fergus Falls in 1964. Phil received his degree in auto me ..... 
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Arlene C. Serio

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Arlene C. Serio, 77, of rural Preston, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at her home. Arlene was born on June 13, 1935 in Cicero, Illinois, the daughter of Ed and LaVern (Zola) Kaminsky. She graduated from Morton High School in Cicero in 1953. Afte ..... 
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Arnold James “Arnie” Henke

Wed, Mar 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Arnold James “Arnie” Henke, 67, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at his residence in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a period of declining health. Born July 8, 1945 in Preston, Minnesota, he was the son of James and Jean (Shaw) Henke. He attende ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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Family Dollar to be on Preston Lumber lot

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston City Council at their March 18 meeting approved an application for rezoning the former Preston Lumber lot and an application for a variance for needed parking spaces for the proposed Family Dollar discount retail store. Planning and Zo ..... 
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Shirley Ruth Austin

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Shirley Ruth Austin Shirley Ruth Austin, Columbia, MO, died on March 7, 2013 at the age of 76. Shirley was born on March 23, 1936 to Louis T. and Cora B. Peterson in Preston, Minn. Shirley graduated from Preston High School, Preston, in 1954. ..... 
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David C. Wilson

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

DAVID C. WILSON, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Saturday evening, March 16, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. David was born June 2, 1930, in Wadena, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Mabel (Anderson) Wilson. The family returned to S ..... 
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