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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 school. The problem is they are wrong. However, before I go into why they are wrong, let me remind you this is the same mantra given two years ago. At that time they told us “now was the time and if we allowed the opportunity to pass it would be a mistake.” Déjà vu.

After hearing this repeatedly, I did some research, and after checking some facts, I am of the firm opinion that a new school not only could cost less, but should. In searching for data on in-state new school costs around MN I found a little town called Wells and district 2134. I also found a wealth of data from other states. Using the other states data, I was able to determine some pretty accurate averages for school size and cost. Using these averages and looking at what was built in Well’s, it is clear that a more accurate mantra by those blindly seeking to build a new school should be “IT WILL NEVER COST MORE”.

To back this up, I offer you the averages my research revealed. First, MN recommends square footage per student; it is less for an elementary, increasing for middle school and still more for high school students. The average recommended footage per student is 173 sq/ft, this includes cafeteria space and gymnasium space. If we use this square footage for every student in Rushford, we get 690 x 173 = 119,370 sq/ft. Remember this number. The other important average is the total cost per square foot. This cost includes site work, not just the cost of the building. As close as I could tell, the average total cost around the country, is around $200 per sq/ft. The last time there was real data, the cost was $191 in the 34th annual education construction report. Most schools built last year were below the $200 sq/ft threshold, but others drove it up. For example Virginia was $166.29. If we take the average square footage and multiply it by the cost per SQ/FT, (119,370 X $200) we get a new school cost of $23,874,00! Add approximately 7,500 square feet some unique extra’s that I am told are needed when you combine all grades into one school like a second gym and larger library and lunch facilities, or $1.5 million for these additional needs, and you get a new school sized for 690 students for $25.4 .....
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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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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the lev ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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