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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

A substantial crowd gathered for the December 15 R-P school board meeting. The district has recently been under fire from concerns stemming from issues brought forth by the R-P Responsible Citizens group. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner



Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the December 15 R-P school board meeting. Tension was palpable in light of recent media publications and as the district sought to approve the resolution providing for the sale of general obligation bonds related to the new facility.

Maynard Thompson, representing the R-P Responsible Citizens group, the voice of those opposed to the district moving forward with the initiative, cited a desire to protect the community from the uncertainty of state contribution to the $38.1 million project. Thompson delivered a prepared statement from the group citing concern for uncertainty of state funding contribution and the protection of the community.

“We stumbled upon a glaring mistake made by the school board and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE),” Thompson began. “Both entities assumed Rushford-Peterson qualified. In meeting with state legislators, Rep. Greg Davids and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, we confirmed the law required school buildings to sustain $500,000 or more in damage, as stated in the Minnesota Statue 123B-535, Item 2. Our legislators made clear to us, that damage to equipment, grounds, and money received for hazard mitigation is not damage to the building. Unfortunately for the community, it appears [superintendent] Ehler mislead our legislators regarding actual damage to building. Our legislators were not aware a large portion of the money received was for hazard mitigation, damage to the grounds, and damage to equipment. Because Ehler overstated the damage to the building itself, it appears the legislation that was ultimately passed, set the bar too high for our district to reach. As it stands now, Mr. Ehler’s exaggerations may cost our district its qualifications for the natural disaster aid relief promised to the community.”

The school district maintains that MDE approved a Review and Comment for the project to proceed, that the legislation was written specifically for Rushford-Peterson and Moose Lake School District, and that all processes were followed correctly.

“Unfortunately, the board of education made a large mistake in this process,” Thompson continued. “They did not audit the school’s actual eligibility. They .....
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves Design Team format

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

With a successful $38.1 million referendum, for a new facility, under their belt, the R-P School Board voted November 17 to move the initiative forward to the next stages. Nearly 30 packed into the high school biology room for the meeting, includi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools new school information

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools and ATS&R will be holding a community input meeting for the planning and designing of our new school building on Monday, December 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school science rooms, 3rd floor. If you would like to have som ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 1st quarter honor roll

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

6th Grade: A Honors: Paige Dailey, Megan Ekern, Alayna Helgemoe, Hailey Jenkins, Hannah Linder, Julia Maynard, Luke O’Hare, Isabelle Olson, Josiah Rasmussen, Emma Schuster, Jonah Sievers, Hale Stensgard, Lily Thompson B Honors: Bradley Colbens ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 1st quarter honor roll

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

9th Grade: A Honors: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Keegan Dittman, Jordan Dressler-Guyer, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jor ..... 
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Academic lettering assembly

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Wednesday, November 12, forty-two Rushford-Peterson students were recognized for their leadership in academics. Students in grades 9-11 from the 2013-2014 school year, maintaining a 3.670 GPA each quarter, received a letter, pin, and certificate of ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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