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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 the forum held two weeks previous in Peterson had drawn heated discussion and what some deemed disrespectful conduct.

Forum moderator Bonnie Prinsen noted the change early in the meeting, asking all in attendance to withhold comments until the third portion of the meeting, in which anyone who wanted could speak, limited to three minutes. Attendees were welcome to submit any question they wished of presenters, provided it was submitted in written form and submitted to district staff during the presentation portion of the meeting. Presentation panelists included Chuck Ehler, district superintendent, John Linder, school board chairman, Dean Beeninga, ATS&R project architect, and Greg Crowe, Ehlers & Associates financial consultant. Assisting was Toni Oian, district business manager, and district principals Angela Shephard and Jake Timm.

A PowerPoint presentation detailed the process leading to the referendum. According to Ehler, a series of facility and educational adequacy evaluations, as well as a demographic study, two facilities task force committees, and recent state legislation prompted the district to continue its New School Initiative. Proponents of the initiative note the safety and accessibility concerns, classroom flexibility, lack of space in the current facilities are not feasible for the district long-term. Opponents stress that those points are able to be addressed or are inaccurate, with some feeling that the district hasn’t explored all of the options, but rather limited options.

According to Beeninga, several factors point towards benefits of a new facility. Meeting Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and safety guidelines, such as fire protection, addressing non-recirculated air quality, and diminished plumbing, electrical, and structural repairs may prove more costly and are simply a Band-Aid approach. Educational factors, such as changing curriculum, class size, and technology advancements also play into ATS&R’s approach. Current plans are preliminary. Should the referendum be successful, final design will be a collaborative design, custom to district needs. The current plan is turnkey, including estimated costs on construction, permitting, contingen .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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