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Bid award for R-P School draws large crowd, further debate


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

As expected, the Monday, September 28 special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board drew in more than 60 residents, including a dozen children with their parents. The meeting was set to review bids for the construction of the new early childhood through grade 12 facility and award the contract.

Following call to order and roll call, Board Director Taylor Peterson asked if a time for public comment could be added to the agenda. Superintendent Chuck Ehler advised the board that while not traditionally done in the past at special meetings, the board was within its rights to do so. While allowable, Ehler added the stipulation that all comments be in reference to the bid award or bid process. The motion was seconded, but was defeated in a roll call vote 4:3 with Directors Peterson, Dean Mierau, and Jon Pettit opposed.

Board Directors Joyce Iverson and Mierau joined the meeting via Skype and Mierau also joined by speakerphone at one point. There were ongoing communication issues during the meeting.

As the meeting agenda was adopted resident Jon Peterson, a vocal opponent of the new school initiative, spoke out. “You don’t want to listen to nobody,” said Peterson. “You’ve been given four questions for the last month and a half and you haven’t answered any of them. You owe it to the people of this district to answer [sic] them questions.” Chairman John Linder responded that it was a public meeting, not forum.

“[expletive] You’re ramming this stuff down our throats now you tell us. Answer the questions,” stated Peterson.

A verbal scuffle then broke out between Peterson and resident Matt Helgemoe with residents Andy Prinsen and Stan Gudmundson chiming in, while Linder attempted to bring the meeting under control. The heated back and forth debate continued for several minutes. Director Taylor Peterson then asked to speak. Director Val Howe interjected, citing the first star of the five stars of the elementary; respect.

“You’ve got questions that haven’t been answered from day one,” said Director Peterson. “You won’t answer them. You’re scared to answer them.”

“There are answers that are not being accepted as well, Taylor,” added Board Director Julie Koop. The adoption of the agenda continued and the meeting moved to review of the bids.

Six bids were received for the project. Bidders were: Benike Construction ( .....
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Lawsuit started against Rushford-Peterson School District

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

While some in the valley community are gearing up for bid opening and ground breaking for the new school facility, others are digging in their heels to protest the process that’s led to this point, as well as what is believed as infringement upon ..... 
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Foundation for Rushford-Peterson schools TriCity Challenge 2015

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Foundation for Rushford- Peterson Schools would like to announce the dates for the TriCity Challenge and Conquer the Bluff 2015. Conquer the Bluff will take place on Thursday, October 8, with registration starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Hoillan ..... 
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New scholarship for R-P students honors Art Miller

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of The Arthur Miller Community Service Scholarship to be awarded for the first time in spring of 2016. The scholarship was established by family and friends of Arthur Mille ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves progressive discipline addendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board voted unanimously to approve an addendum to its student handbooks regarding progressive discipline. The policy had drawn some concern in recent months over a lack of clear definition. In July, when the board approv ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

Grade 8 A Honors: Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyton Hoiness, Lauren Lawston, Abbylyn Malone, Cassidy Meldahl, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian, Merrill Schroeder, and Julissa Trejo B Honors: ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honors Grade 9: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jordan McNamer, and Matthew Strapp Grade 10: Ashley Agr ..... 
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