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R-P addresses referendum rumors, issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The district continues to address issues regarding the $38 million referendum, specifically those raised at recent forums, which haven’t eased public rumor and speculation. While the cost continues to be a major issue for many, as noted during the public comment portion of the October 20 school board meeting, other issues are under negotiation or advisement from legal counsel.

One item of interest is related to an easement to private land adjacent to the proposed site of the new school. According to School Board chairman John Linder, the easement allows access through the district-owned property to privately held property beyond. The easement would transfer with sale of the property and is subject to restriction. Linder also noted that if the property were sold to a public entity, the owner would have to find another route of access. Easement restrictions would not allow a public street. Linder assured those in attendance that he had personally reviewed the document.

Board member Taylor Peterson indicated he had spoken with the current owner and that future intents are to sell the property, although there are no offers of purchase currently.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler stated he had contacted legal counsel regarding open meeting rules, following some recent speculation of illegal meetings. The district has been advised best practice measures of keeping doors open, to ensure there are no suspicions.

While the meeting was relatively short in duration, the public comment portion of the meeting brought forth concerns from several members of the public.

Also called out was recent behavior by the board which some have deemed as bullying tactics. Citing an April 22, 2013 article referencing a discussion over board transparency, the board was criticized for its reaction to a concern from board member Taylor Peterson. “Bullying is not acceptable. I don’t see the transparency,” noted Butch Johnson. Peterson had questioned board members lingering after adjournment of meetings and his concerns drew a quip and some laughter from the board. “That was a classless move. Absolutely classless,” added Johnson.

The board also discussed the need for all committee members to be in attendance at special meetings. “Committee members need to be at meetings. All need to be involved,” stressed board member Greg Smith.

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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has ramped up its protocol for usage and opted for restricted access by key, following a concern brought forth by board member Taylor Peterson regarding unauthorized and unsupervised use of the facility. Under the new plan, access to th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson schools receives books to promote early literacy

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Owatonna, Minn. - Rushford-Peterson Schools was one of 29 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone. This grant program, which awarde ..... 
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