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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 the option to fix the old school. If I remember this correctly, Chuck said that it would cost $8 million to get the school back up to good repair and that was pretty much the end of discussion.

They have had meetings with architects to figure out what they should do and always came up with …. build a new school. My sister-in-law was on one of those committees and she said that the architect wouldn’t even listen to the people. The options were so pathetic that of the nine proposals they were given to remodel the school, they rated them all a 1 out of a possible 10. As for the plan for building of a new school, they rated it a 2. They made it sound like the committee was all in favor of that. The school board wants a new school and it doesn’t matter what the people of this district want. They won’t even give us the option to remodel. It’s either build or nothing. Meanwhile they keep letting it get worse and worse to a point where there will be no other option. Shame on them. Didn’t we elect them to listen to the people?

They want $38.2 million to build a new school. I don’t see anything in that amount for what it will cost to get rid of the old schools or take care of the old schools until someone buys it.

The location where they want to build is a safety hazard. It’s right on a corner. Will parking be in the field across the street from the school? They would then have to cross the road on a blind spot. This is much more dangerous than the present school. Someone said that there could be an overpass bridge built. I don’t remember them saying anything about a bridge in the quote. And would the kids use it anyway.

We have a beautiful stone building in Rushford. It is sad that they have let it go like that. We have a good gym and a beautiful stone facade that would cost a lot of money to replicate in a new building. Is there any funding out there regarding repair of historical buildings?

Comments have been made that they need a new school because there just isn’t enough room. They have made it so dysfunctional, that I can see why the teachers, parents, and kids think that they need more room. With just a few minor .....
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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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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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