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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series of task work sessions, task forces, a dizzying number of legislative testimonies, bonding tours, and a referendum vote which was split in the community. Now, the board is looking to make a recommendation to the community, but not before the district appeared before the House Education Committee March 19.

“What direction do you want to go?” asked Ehler. There are currently two bills that could assist the district in funding, but there is little confidence in the outcome. There may be some relief for the district through debt equalization, but it is also not guaranteed. Some funding is available from the district’s New School Initiative and potentially assistance through the Health and Safety Fund.

“I still need to know exactly where the state is at,” responded board member Greg Smith. “I don’t know what to recommend to the public if you don’t have funding. We need to look at all options.”

The district is contemplating a major overhaul to the existing facilities, which includes an elementary and high school facility in Rushford and a middle school facility in Peterson. “One problem we have is where do you start and where do you finish,” added board chair John Linder. “We still have an old facility. How much do you want to spend on it? It’s $14-15 million to do what we have to do. Every option is on the table at this point. We’ll know shortly whether or not there’ll be help from the state, but ultimately [we] have to make a decision.”

Board member Taylor Peterson questioned whether or not the district could do something similar to other districts that are conducting upgrades with little to no tax increase. “They started with what they needed most. They’re not beating around the bush,” suggested Peterson. “Thinking back on a new school, all the money that was spent on architects and engineers; in six years, we’d have a darn good start. We keep exhausting people with votes. We’ve got to start something.”

The district, which has no current debt and had not had a bond issue since 1967, has had two referendums in the last decade. “I understand the concern,” noted Ehler. “We’ve had two facilities .....
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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