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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark


By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in the “ballpark” in both size and cost with comparable projects that have occurred locally.   

I think the new school facility just completed in Wells, Minn., for the United South Central School District (USC) would be an excellent example to compare.   The United South Central School district has a PreK-12th grade population of 625, they built a school that is 161,000 square ft., and it cost 28.8 million dollars.   Using Rushford-Peterson’s PreK-12th grade population of 724, a building with the same square footage per pupil as USC would put us at 186,502  sq. feet.  Now, as we know, the new proposed PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson School building is designed to be 166,000 square feet.  This basic comparison shows us that the new proposed PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson building is certainly not “too big” and is actually smaller in square footage per pupil than the comparable USC school facility built in this region of this state.  

It would be unwise to use square footage averages from other states, especially ones located in a slightly different climate, due to their differing designs.  Many school districts in America located in more moderate climates do not have gymnasiums (or hallways) for their elementary or middle schools because they can be outside on playground courts all year round, so their square footage averages would be much smaller.  

In comparing the cost, the USC facility in Wells cost 28.8 million to accommodate 625 PreK-12th grade students.  Using this information, our 724 PreK-12th grade students’ facility should cost approximately 33.3 million dollars in 2011 (USC quote for facility in 2011, passed referendum in 2012, broke ground in 2013, facility opened in 2014), add three years of interest to adjust to today’s cost, which a local contractor told me that five percent inflation per year on supplies and labor was conservative (the USC superintendent of schools said construction costs went up 10-15% immediately after they got their quote), and you come up with an updated cost of 38.61 million dollars.  The proposed PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson School facilities quoted cost is 38.1 million dollars, so it is definite .....
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new sch ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Rushford reviews lodging tax; sets preliminary levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford will be reviewing the expenditure of funds raised by the three percent lodging tax currently in place. Spurred by input from new, local motel owners John and Eileen Loken, the effort will be geared towards further clarification ..... 
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State LGA formula doesn’t wash for Rushford Village

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

The city of Rushford Village is gearing up for the September deadline to certify maximum levy to the county and taking a long, hard look at project budget amounts. At the September 2 council meeting, it was noted that while the city is sitting well w ..... 
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New Fall programs starting at Grace Place

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

Morning Music Winona Beginning now, Grace Place is offering a class Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. for children to attend with their parent or caregiver. This interactive, playful experience is for families who have preschool-aged children. Rhythm, r ..... 
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