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Fillmore Central sells facility bonds for HVAC project


Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton

Patty Heminover of Springsted financial advisors gave the Fillmore Central School Board some great news at their regular meeting on November 27. She informed the board that the alternative facilities bonds were sold at a competitive sale that day, and that Fillmore Central had an upgrade in their Standard and Poors rating. The district is now rated at an A+, which helped them tremendously in receiving a lower interest rate.

The bonds were sold at lower than projected at 1.74 percent. Heminover said it is the lowest interest rate the district has ever had.

“That is really darn impressive,” said Heminover. She presented the board with a plaque congratulating them on their rating improvement.

The bonds will be used to pay for the HVAC project at the high school, which will begin in May.

Part of the reason the district was able to get a better rate was the increase in general fund over the last five years. According to Superintendent Richard Keith, the OPEB bonds from 2009 have saved the district $100,000 a year, and the HVAC project done at the elementary building has saved the district in operating costs. All of these things have helped them build up the general fund from $200,000 to over $2 million in the last five years.

Audit Report

The board approved the audit report as presented by Jason Boynton of Smith & Schafer. Boynton shared that the district is doing well, and has a strong general fund balance. The student numbers, which had been declining for several years, remained steady compared to 2011.

Boynton went over the expenditures and revenues for the year. The Community Ed. expenditures were up a little, and the food service revenues and expenditures were both up. The food service has a zero balance, which Boynton said most schools have. The district is paying down their debt service fund.

Boynton said it was a strong year for the general fund, and the OPEB bonds in 2009 have helped the district a lot. Chairperson Ross Kiehne thanked Boynton and everyone for their work.

“We are definitely going in the right direction,” said Kiehne.

Technology Committee

Keith told the board that the technology committee is moving forward with the one-to-one program in which the students in grades 9-12 will be receiving Mac Air laptops. They would like to get the policies .....
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Give to the Max Day challenge results

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Give to the Max Day was November 15, a day that anyone could make online donations to local non-profit organizations. The Spring Valley Area Community Foundation challenged the Preston Area Community Foundation to see who could get the most donation ..... 
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Engagement -Lokker ~ Ortner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Lokker ~ Ortner Rebecca Lokker of Preston and Timothy Ortner, originally of Harmony, and currently from Orange City, Iowa; announced their engagement and upcoming wedding. Parents of the bride-to-be are Roger and Brenda Lokker of Preston, and pa ..... 
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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club ..... 
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Greenleafton established as subordinate service district

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Several Greenleafton residents addressed the county commissioners raising their concerns and questions about the Greenleafton wastewater treatment project at the November 13 board meeting. Sheila Craig, Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, and ..... 
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House fire suspected to be arson

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

By Jade Sexton The Preston Fire Department and Ambulance crew were called to the scene of a house fire between Preston and Lanesboro on Highway 16 on the morning of Tuesday, November 13. The Lanesboro Fire Department also assisted them. By the ..... 
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The Preston Historical Society

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

The Preston Historical Society has been given the senior pictures from Preston High School from the years 1911 - 1959. They have been placed on display in the O’Hara School located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. However, the following years a ..... 
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Letter about cats killed

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, To the heartless drivers: On the morning of Oct. 31 between the hour of 6:15-6:30 a.m. on Hwy County 44, between the Lime Springs turn and the Cherry Grove turn, my family lost two cats within five minutes of each other. My husban ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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