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Rushford-Peterson implements new technology option


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner

At the Monday, June 20 R-P School Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve a new 1:1 Initiative Program. Working to put technology in the hands of R-P students, grades 9-12, the program is a partnership with Best Buy and will kick off in the 2016-2017 school year. According to R-P Technology Director Corey Mattson, the original idea of a direct purchase option by the school would have required $70,000-80,000 in outlay and that concept was determined as not budget feasible. Utilizing the Best Buy program, the school will issue families coupons for $100 to be used at Best Buy on one of three classroom compatible devices. Families will receive one coupon per 9-12 grade student.

The Chromebook devices will be owned by the family, who are also fully responsible for support, maintenance, warranty options, and accessories. Ranging from economy models to more top of the line models, Mattson will select the three devices in the weeks to come. The district will aim for a $99 price point for the economy model so no students have a financial burden with acquiring the devices. Mattson indicated the district hopes to increase the program in the 2017-2018 school year to include grades 6-12. “We’d like the availability of a device in every child’s hands,” added Mattson.

Board member Julie Koop questioned the device battery and how the district would handle charging them. Mattson indicated that the battery lifespan of the devices is 6-8 hours when charged correctly. Students will be expected to show up to class with the devices fully charged. The school is installing more wireless access points within the high school for better ease of use.

Board director Taylor Peterson expressed some concern over whether curriculum developed for the devices would take the place of conventional curriculum and whether there was a possibility of students without devices being left in the dark, with participation in the program optional. Mattson responded that there is a push to more online curriculum and that teachers in every class could develop programs. The district will ensure students are on equal access with the devices by having a number of loaner devices on hand.

Mattson anticipates the devices will be selected this week. A web store will be developed for the district and will open to parents in September or October of this year. From the time of the store launch to impleme .....
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Evenson legacy donation

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools Foundation was the recent recipient of a memorial gift in memory of Merle Evenson. The Ready Bus/Minnesota Coach Inc., has chosen to assist Merle’s family members in providing a lasting legacy in his memory. They ..... 
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R-P faces second lawsuit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

The Monday, March 21 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting, while concise, covered a wide range of topics and items ranging from support personnel contracts and further new school updates, to congratulations and some unfortunate news for the distri ..... 
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R-P Schools inducts National Honor Society 2015-2016 members

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

On Sunday, January 31, the Rushford-Peterson Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. The National Honor Society recognizes those students that have followed our school’s motto of “Always Our Best” in the area ..... 
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R-P Board approves principal contracts; teacher termination

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, February 22 meeting, the Rushford-Peterson School Board debated several items of new business related to contracts and evaluations, but the most contentious discussion was in regard to the non-renewal of the Career Tech/Vocational Agr ..... 
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What should be done with the Peterson Middle School and grounds?

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

PETERSON, MN, February 3, 2016 – Interested residents of the Rushford Peterson Valley are invited to a meeting Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Peterson Middle School cafeteria to discuss ideas for the building and grounds. Architect David ..... 
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R-P rejects petition for school revote

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

The regular meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board, January 25, was packed with more than 50 district residents eager to see the result of a recent petition put forward. The petition, received by the district January 21, was signed by 140 vot ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board splits on Project Oversight Committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P School Board waded through a full agenda and a scheduled Truth in Taxation meeting at the Monday, December 21 meeting. The majority of conversation related to the Project Oversight Committee, a new committee aimed at streamlining the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson looks at World’s Best Workforce; Health Care industry elective

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner At the Monday, November 16 school board meeting, R-P High School Principal Jake Timm detailed for the board two initiatives the district is working on. The first, World’s Best Workforce, is an annual Minnesota Department of Ed ..... 
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