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R-P faces second lawsuit


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Education

It was made known at the March 21 R-P School Board meeting that a second suit had been filed against the district regarding the new school. Pictured, left to right, are Board Chairman John Linder and Superintendent Chuck Ehler. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

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 district.

Superintendent Ehler noted, in his monthly report, that a petition for Writ of Mandamus had been filed against the district March 2 by Rushford-Peterson Responsible Citizens, Inc. The legal petition seeks to address two issues; one, being whether or not the district is required to call a special election to vote on a January 16, 2016 petitioned request by voters to cancel the issued bonds that were rejected by the school board. Secondly, it questions whether or not the district is required to cancel general obligation bonds as void.

The petition goes on to highlight the flooding which impacted the city of Rushford August 18, 2007 and the affects it had on district facilities. It argues that information provided to the state the led to the offer of Disaster Funding and the passing of a $38 million referendum in 2014 for the ongoing construction of a new early childhood to grade 12 school in Rushford was incorrect and that the district is not eligible for the funding. The petition references documents, including inspection notes from Federal Emergency Manangement Agency (FEMA) and a Minnesota Department of Health Flood Consultation Report. Also highlighted are statements made by Superintendent Ehler which the group believes were inaccuracies in the process of securing the state funding.

A hearing is scheduled for May 6, at 1 p.m., at the Fillmore County Courthouse. Testimony will be taken and evidence presented at the hearing.

There was no official update from the district regarding the first and ongoing lawsuit by Glen and Denise Palecek against the school. However, Board Director Taylor Peterson did note that a recent email document indicated the school board members could be called as witnesses in that case. Peterson also noted, based on an email received, that the judge in that case had thrown out a Writ of Condemnation, but declared the scope of easement be figured out before making further judgements. That statement could not be officially confirmed.

In other news, the school board has made plans to seek Request for Proposals for the 2017-2018 school year audit. While the district has used firm Clifton, Allen, & Larson for 24 years, a .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson groundbreaking ceremony

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EC-12th grade school to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at R-P Schools Niggle Field. In November, 2014, Rushford-Peterson Schools held a refer ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

In the Monday, September 28, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal it was stated in the article “Lawsuit started against R-P School District” that the meeting for redeveloping the Peterson Middle School is October 12 at 7 p.m. It is actually ..... 
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