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Why vote ‘YES’ for R-P Referendum?


By Angela Colbenson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Angela Colbenson

R-P School Board Chair

On December 19, Rushford Peterson school district will be asking their voters to approve up to 15 million dollars to be utilized for building a new elementary building plus utilize a small portion to rehab the current elementary to house the middle school students.

I’ve read a lot of comments in the paper, and heard a lot of rumors around the community. My purpose of writing this letter is to clarify as much information as possible.

Why are we moving kids into Rushford, when Peterson is not as old? Currently we are experiencing problems with all of our buildings. Peterson is currently housing our middle school kids and we are cramming 22 kids into classrooms that were built for 16 kids. Our library is partitioned off to include a special education area, we are utilizing a small storage room for a special education room (which does not have a fresh air room handler), the doorway for the lunchroom provides a large congestion problem for the flow of students. Our boiler needs to be replaced. We simply do not have the room at the building to move more students from the high school in Rushford into the Peterson Middle School. We do have room at the Rushford building to house the additional middle school students. Optimally, it would save us money to have one site. We would save money on staffing, food service, busing, heating and other utilities.

At Rushford, we have issues from the flood and issues because of the age of the building. If you enter my daughter’s ECFE classroom, you will notice cracking tile against the outside wall, which was newly replaced after the flood of 2007. This is caused from the movement under our footings in the ground. As a result, some classroom floors are dropping a couple of inches in the upper level of the building. We hired a professional architect to verify it was safe for students. We also have plaster that has fallen from the ceiling and onto our false ceiling in our district office. Pipes have disintegrated in the ground. We have crumbling, dusty bricks. The list goes on. If we want to compare it to restoring to the White House, for example, just realize that it will cost us considerable money, and we would always need to earmark money meant for student learning into cost of maintaining the building. This option is up to the public. The state of Minnesota’s funding for school building caps the amount given at .....
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R-P referendum forum hits at questions before big vote

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

There was a packed house with more than 100 local residents at the second R-P referendum open forum last Monday evening. Administration staff, school board members Angela Colbenson, Daniel Munson, John Nitecki, and Greg Smith, and representatives fr ..... 
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First Presbyterian Church in Rushford releases new cookbook

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

First Presbyterian Church of Rushford, along with Trinity Fellowship ELCA and many friends, have compiled a new cookbook, “Chicken N Biscuits and Apple Pie.” Recipes from the congregation’s annual fall dinner are featured, along with histories ..... 
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Noel David Larson

Wed, Dec 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Noel David Larson, 69, of Larkspur, Colorado, passed away November 5, 2012 after a long illness. Noel was born December 25, 1942 to parents Clifford and Ione Larson. He grew up in Choice, MN and graduated from Rushford High School. Noel worked for ..... 
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Cathleen Hatling

Tue, Dec 11th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Cathleen passed away at her daughter Patty Barton’s home December 10, 2012 in Eitzen. She was born July 5, 1928, in Harmony to Harold and Irene Flynn. She graduated from Harmony High School. Cathleen was married to Rolf Hatling September 8, 19 ..... 
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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?

By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient s ..... 
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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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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, I think everyone in Rushford would love to have a new school. The thing that concerns me is the cost to the tax payers. $15,000,000 is not something to deal with lightly. I know that the interest rates ar ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, This letter is in response to the commentary featured prominently in The Journal on November 26, written by Brett Kues, about the school referendum. I have never heard of Mr. Kues, even though I’m also ..... 
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