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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after the forum held two weeks previous in Peterson had drawn heated discussion and what some deemed disrespectful conduct.

Forum moderator Bonnie Prinsen noted the change early in the meeting, asking all in attendance to withhold comments until the third portion of the meeting, in which anyone who wanted could speak, limited to three minutes. Attendees were welcome to submit any question they wished of presenters, provided it was submitted in written form and submitted to district staff during the presentation portion of the meeting. Presentation panelists included Chuck Ehler, district superintendent, John Linder, school board chairman, Dean Beeninga, ATS&R project architect, and Greg Crowe, Ehlers & Associates financial consultant. Assisting was Toni Oian, district business manager, and district principals Angela Shephard and Jake Timm.

A PowerPoint presentation detailed the process leading to the referendum. According to Ehler, a series of facility and educational adequacy evaluations, as well as a demographic study, two facilities task force committees, and recent state legislation prompted the district to continue its New School Initiative. Proponents of the initiative note the safety and accessibility concerns, classroom flexibility, lack of space in the current facilities are not feasible for the district long-term. Opponents stress that those points are able to be addressed or are inaccurate, with some feeling that the district hasn’t explored all of the options, but rather limited options.

According to Beeninga, several factors point towards benefits of a new facility. Meeting Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and safety guidelines, such as fire protection, addressing non-recirculated air quality, and diminished plumbing, electrical, and structural repairs may prove more costly and are simply a Band-Aid approach. Educational factors, such as changing curriculum, class size, and technology advancements also play into ATS&R’s approach. Current plans are preliminary. Should the referendum be successful, final design will be a collaborative design, custom to district needs. The current plan is turnkey, including estimated costs on construction, permitting, contingen .....
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Da ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Wed, Oct 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Community notification meeting in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and Rushford Police Department are releasing information pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052 to the community, regarding a Level 3 predatory offender moving to the community of Rushford. This offender is not ..... 
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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 US ..... 
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Public meeting for repurposing R-P school complex in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD,Minn.-September 25, 2014 – The Vision for Repurposing the R-P School Complex subcommittee is holding an open house to share concept sketches developed over the past month. The open house will be held on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the R ..... 
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