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R-P School Board approves extended leave amid concerns


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

For several months, the R-P School Board has been gathering information regarding a request for an extended leave of absence from teacher Judy Vix. Twice the issue has been tabled pending more information. At the Monday, June 15 meeting, the issue was brought forth for approval again.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler has clarified Vix has agreed not to seek reinstatement prior to the end of the three year period. After that time, she is within rights to seek reinstatement in a teaching position at the district as specified by union contract. Vix is currently on requested leave of absence. Time on leave during the 2014-2015 school yet is not included in the extended leave.

Board Director Taylor Peterson stated concern for the students in allowing the leave and suggested the district terminate the contract. In reviewing the district policy book regarding discipline, suspension, and dismissal of school district employees, specifically violations of rules, substandard performance, misconduct and what qualifies as misconduct, Peterson noted, “There’s one that includes what happened. Peterson also referred to Section 414, related to mandatory reporting. “ It bugs me because of the circumstance and how it was handled. I feel like there was, as number two says, ‘Failure to protect the child from conditions or actions that may seriously endanger the child’s physical or mental health.’” Peterson discussed further concern for repeated instances for which verbal and written warnings were given by the district.

“I feel giving a leave of absence, then allowing to Mrs. Vix to come back; I’m worried it may happen again, given how soon it happened; twice in such a short period of time. I know it costs money to terminate contracts, but I’d rather spend the money and keep the kids safe. I would feel much better cutting ties, just to keep the kids safe,” Peterson continued.

Board Director Dean Mierau, attending the meeting via Skype, also noted concern. “I think often times, the students are held to a higher standard that the teachers in this administration. It’s nothing personal, but if we don’t set the example, and set everyone to the same standard, it’s just going to continue to come back and back.”

“I agree with all those statements, and am for the kids’ safety, but when it comes to teachers under contract, I think there’s a difference between misconduct and illnesses. L .....
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2015 summer meal program

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Monday thru Friday beginning June 1-September 2 during designated serving times. Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Lunch fr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hears caution from public, board members

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Monday, May 18 R-P School Board meeting was limited in agenda mainly to changes in staffing, end of year housekeeping, and approval of both district and Minnesota Department of Education policies. However, both public comment and board member co ..... 
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R-P sifts through school project, current facilities, student incident

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

While the R-P School Board agenda for Monday, April 20 may have largely been dedicated to approval of personnel changes, the majority of discussion related to continuation of plans for the new school facility and repair and redevelopment of the cu ..... 
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson hits at security issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P School District is considering options for increased security measures at the school in light of parent concerns last October. A policy for identification of staff and visitors is in place, with all non-authorized personnel to check in at ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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