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R-P board reviews fiscal impacts for facility


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The high school biology room was full Monday, June 24. Mayors from the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson, Rushford City Administrator Steve Sarvi, Senator Jeremy Miller, and several area residents were on hand to hear the results of a joint fiscal impact study.

The computerized model program, created and presented by consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, allows users to “plug in” various scenarios for capital improvement projects in the cities. Variants such as the scope of plans, interest rates, and revenue streams can be reflected instantly through the model, giving a clear picture of what impact projects might have. As far as what impact a new school might have on the district, especially farmers within the Village, the impacts were enough to silence those in attendance, at least momentarily.

Some members of the school board and the cities’ councils had already seen the presentation back in May 29 at a fiscal impact work session. Superintendent Ehler called for it to be presented again to the full board. “It’s extremely important for all to be brought up to speed,” he noted.

“The concern is overlapping impacts on taxpayers,” stressed Bubany. “We can carefully structure this to mitigate and control impacts. We can carefully schedule spending not to exceed the tax base, but it will require careful budgeting.”

The impact of a residential property within the three cities certainly saw a spike when a $15 million school project is added to the mix. “This isn’t to say you’re not going to feel this is your pocketbook,” pointed out Bubany. However, the impacts to agricultural land were dramatic. “It’s usually the house, garage, and one acre, but for school projects they pay on all of it.”

Board Chair Angela Colbenson noted the one percent inflation Bubany had figured into the model and noted the agriculture parcels she owns with her husband are increasing anywhere from 13 to 20 percent for 2014. “Agricultural land values are highly increasing,” she noted. Bubany adjusted the rate in the model and it was clear the weight of the project would fall heavily on area farmers. “We can’t make it work because we don’t get enough state aid,” she added.

“I have no sense for farm economics,” responded Bubany, who noted tax rates were figured on a taxes to present value of asset formula. “I don’t know how to .....
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Rushford-Peterson Principal Hired

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of a high school principal. The position has been offered to and accepted by Jacob Timm. Mr. Timm is replacing Shane McBroom who has served as the 4th and 5th Grade and high school p ..... 
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Tri-County Electric Awards $18,200 in Scholarships

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $18,200 in scholarships to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $229,387 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is fun ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Student Representative

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools would like to recognize the time and efforts that Senior Rebecca Munson has contributed to the board of education over the last 2 years. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the R-P Board of Education and Administrator ..... 
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R-P mock crash hits hard

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

“In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.” “The 11,773 fatalities in alcoho ..... 
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A community conversation about childhood

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm at the Rushford-Peterson School Theater, free of charge. Katy ..... 
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The R-P Middle School staff

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Middle School staff is proud to announce the Quarter 3 Winners of the R-P Middle School Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is in place to recognize students who strive for excellence by upholding the R-P School’s Motto of “Always Our ..... 
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A Community Conversation About Childhood

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Join Katy Smith, Parent Educator from Winona and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year in a lively conversation about childhood and what kids need from it on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm from Rushford-Peterson School Theater. Katy is passionate abou ..... 
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