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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
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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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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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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 ..... 
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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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