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R-P looking at phased new facility


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

After losing out on various state funding for its New School Initiative for a new pre-K-12 facility, R-P is leaving no stone unturned looking at alternative options. This includes an option for a two-part phased construction of the facility instead of a one-time construction.

A proposal by Dean Beeninga and Eric Anderson of ATS&R and Gary Benson of ICS Consulting has given the district new material to digest that begins with a “Phase One” facility that would house either pre-K-4 or pre-K-5. With the phased scenario, the district is could be looking at a 2013 construction and 2014 occupancy. Once a plan is selected, a five-month design time is needed before the district can go out for bidding. First, however, the community would need to back the $14 million project through a referendum.

The project would allow for flexibility at the facility, including pre-K programs, with three rooms designated for pre-K and kindergarten levels, and two rooms, plus an extra “swing room” for each grade 1 through 4. The merits of having fifth grade students with either the older or younger grades is up for debate, as is the need for retrofitting the current elementary facility to serve older students. The middle school students would essentially move into 11 of the elementary rooms, as well as some shared spaces with the high school students, but the current elementary facility is geared towards younger students and some areas would need upgrading.

“If the masterplan is leaving, it’s tough to put money into the facilities,” noted Beeninga, who did acknowledge that upgrades would have to be made.

“The community cares what happens to these buildings,” countered board member Beth Stanford.

“Over the years, you’ve moved into every corner, every closet that you could. You’ll need to move into the best spaces possible for air quality, teaching, and needs,” added Beeninga.

The district will have its principals conduct a work study to see how the big picture of a middle school to elementary facility move would fit together. An estimate on retrofitting costs will also need to be known. A special meeting for August 8 at 5:30pm, has been designated to allow the board to completely analyze the various options and impacts.

As to when a possible referendum could show up on a ballot for the community, it appears the majority favor late 2012. According to ICS Consulta .....
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Beating the heat this summer

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

This spring and summer have shown many record-breaking temperatures in Minnesota, and we recently had a long string of days with highs in the 90s, with high humidity. What does this mean for power companies and utility bills? Tri-County Electric ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria returning for food and entertainment appetites

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford All

By Team ExpoCulinaria On the heels of last year’s celebrated success, rave reviews of participants and patrons and back by popular demand, ExpoCulinaria—an experience of taste, will fill the streets of downtown Rushford, MN on Saturday evening, ..... 
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Rushford Days 2012 featuring sanctioned Pedal Pull

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

The Rushford Days Festivities Committee is thrilled to announce that this year the Pedal Tractor Pull will be a qualifying sanctioned event by the Minnesota State Pedal Pulls Association. Kids ages 4 through 11 compete against kids from their own ag ..... 
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Audrey Engrav

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Audrey I. Engrav, 96, of Rushford, Minn. died on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab Center in Houston. Audrey was born on June 13, 1915, in Houston, Minn. to Emil and Jane (Hostvet) Thronson. She was raised in Houston ..... 
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Challenging corporate abuse of power brings citizens together

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Over 100 farmers, small business owners and other rural residents came together in Rushford last night at a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting to discuss how excessive corporate power negatively affects almost every aspect of ..... 
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Tri-County Electric awards $16,950 in scholarships

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Rushford, MN— Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $16,950 in scholarship to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $211,187 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is funded t ..... 
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Rushford gets kids biking safely

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

It’s been nearly 20 years since Rushford has held a bike safety clinic for its young people. This past Wednesday, thanks to tenacious part-time Rushford police officer Chris Frick, the community once again saw kids practicing the basics on the sch ..... 
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