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R-P board takes a look forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Just six weeks past a rejected referendum for a new $15 million, early childhood through grade 5 facility, the R-P board once again took an in-depth look at what can be done with the district’s aging facilities. With four new members on the board, including Valerie Howe, Julie Koop, John Linder, Taylor Peterson, discussion covered public opinion, scope of plans, financial planning, and potential future plans.

“I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the referendum and have come to the following conclusions,” began Superintendent Chuck Ehler who presented a prepared document to the board. The top five conclusions, based on post-referendum information were:

•We have to keep the building in Peterson open and will need to plan to update the building.

•Tax impact – Our citizens felt the tax impact was too great.

•There is a belief that we can invest in our current facilities vs. a new building.

•We need to more directly involve our government entities (city of Peterson, Village of Rushford, and City of Rushford).

•Our citizens and residents want a plan that is long-range and comprehensive. They want a “one and done” project.

Based upon those reflections, Ehler went on to suggest the district move forward with five items. First, the hiring of architectural firm ATS&R and ICS Consulting to complete an educational analysis of the buildings. According to Ehler, this will provide a thorough engineering analysis of both buildings, including mechanical, electrical, heating, and technology assessments.

Secondly, the hiring of David Drown Associates to complete a fiscal impact study. Used by the city of Rushford for both short and long-term project and financial planning, Ehler believes this would assist in a cooperative effort between the district and city government in gauging the impact of the cost associated with updating our facilities or building a new facility for early childhood-grade 5 and grades 9-12.

After an analysis is complete, Ehler would then suggest the district begin to update and improved the Peterson facilities through deferred maintenance funds. According to Ehler, this would consist of a new boiler, flooring (carpeting), windows, lockers, and covering the exterior in steel, and could be accomplished within three years.

Next, an analysis of the elementary/high school buildings would determine a .....
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Rushford-Peterson referendum denied

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

In the Rushford-Peterson gymnasium lobby Wednesday, voters choose whether or not to move the district’s plans of a new, $15 million Early Childhood-Grade 5 facility forward. In a margin of 993 to 658 (60.15 percent to 39.85 percent) that plan was ..... 
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R-P approaches city prior to referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentati ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Elementary

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Jim Johnson of Rushford has a passion for building marble mazes. Johnson knows how much these mazes are enjoyed by students and has graciously donated one of his mazes to Rushford-Peterson Elementary. The students are excited and thrilled to have thi ..... 
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Parents ask for better communication following incidents at R-P

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Just one week after a local publication printed an article highlighting Ready Bus drivers’ irritations with motorists ignoring the stop arms and flashing lights of stopped buses, a bus serving the district was involved in an accident north of Hart ..... 
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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2012

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2012 the week of October 1-6. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly October 2 at 2:30pm in the High School gymnasium. Parents and the ..... 
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R-P looking at phased new facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

After losing out on various state funding for its New School Initiative for a new pre-K-12 facility, R-P is leaving no stone unturned looking at alternative options. This includes an option for a two-part phased construction of the facility instead ..... 
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