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In response to Brett Kues commentary


Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the editor,

Recently a guest commentary in the Fillmore County Journal said that if United South Central School District (USC) in Wells, Minn., could build an EC-12 school for $28.8 million, Rushford should be able to do the same. I talked to USC Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen and learned that, as usual, we need to look beyond the numbers to explain why the R-P school will cost $38.165 million — more than the recently-opened school in Wells.

When the USC referendum passed in 2012, they had 600 EC-12 students. Their recently-opened, beautiful 161,000 square foot building can comfortably serve the 680 students they now have enrolled. (Of note: more students than anticipated switched from other schools to USC once the new building was completed.) USC has space for more growth, but rooms like the elementary physical activity center would have to repurposed into a classroom. In contrast, R-P currently has 724 EC-12 students and is planning a 166,000 school for an estimated 750 students with flexible growth space to accommodate many more.

So, R-P has more students and is planning a 3% larger school at a cost that is nearly 33% higher. Does that mean the R-P plan is extravagant? No. Dr. Jensen said the USC school contracts came in just before construction costs began increasing dramatically, and their architect and construction management team estimated it would cost 15-20% more if they were starting the school today. Plus, Wells Concrete, located in Wells, built the exterior structure a very competitive price, a 5-10% luxury that R-P schools won’t have. Those three things — size, timing, and local concrete — explain the majority of the cost difference. And the largest of these — timing — reinforces why the time is now to pass the R-P referendum.

Sally Ryman, Rushford

R-P Vote Yes Committee

Letter about R-P school referendum

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The Vote Yes R-P Committee knows that there may be people out there who want to support this fall’s school referendum, but are afraid they won’t be able to handle a property tax increase. If you’re worried about the affordabili ..... 
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Letter to the Editor regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Chuck Ehlers and the school board have made the comment that the people of Rushford aren’t like their ancestors because we don’t want to put any money towards the school. The problem, as I see it, is that they have not given us t ..... 
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In response to Elizabeth Mitchell

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, If you were like many rural Minnesota school districts and were handed more than $200 million, how would you spend it? Would you hire more teachers and school employees, provide the best resources available to our students, or hand ..... 
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Frac sand mining...

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frac sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and the way they live their lives are true inspirations. The owners of the pr ..... 
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Letter to the Editor: Hello to all in the Rushford area...

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A BIG Thanks to all landowners/farmers and snowmobile clubs for letting us snowmobile such a beautiful area. This is my second time to tour through your beautiful bluffs...incredible!! I hope to be back to enjoy your accommodations; ..... 
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David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Does anyone imagine for a minute that the vendetta against David Williams is unrelated to the frac sand mining struggle? Does anyone think the accusatory column wasn’t initiated by someone on the pro mining side of this debate? T ..... 
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Character Assasination of David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, With balanced coverage of news and opinion and the promotion of mutual respect, community unity and harmony, a newspaper has a positive influence on a community. With weighty issues like the sand mining ordinance, with which the ..... 
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It’s time to start taking care of what we have...

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I agree with Lori Peterson, “It’s time…to start taking care of what we have - our kids…” It’s unfortunate, however, that there exists such a negative attitude by some, as to how best to provide for our kids. Several y ..... 
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