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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an alternative site for the new facility on a lower parcel owned by the school district. That 17 acre parcel, east of the athletic complex, would require additional soil to bring it to a buildable level. Early calculations by Tim Roberston, of ICS Consulting, indicated approximately 116,000 cubic yards of fill, at a cost of $26 per cubic foot, or roughly $3 million, would be required for feasibility of the site. Soil borings on the site have not been done due to cost. At the time, ICS Consulting determined further exploration of the site was necessary due to cost and availability of the originally-designated parcel, north of Eiken Drive.

Board Director Jon Pettit, prompted by concerns of district residents, called for the district to investigate further into land usage of the lower parcel. Pettit specifically questioned comments which stated review of the parcel determined soil alterations were “not a good value” to the district. Additionally noted by Pettit was a conversation with Fillmore County Commissioner Randy Dahl regarding costs of land alterations in an adjacent subdivision. Pettit stated land alterations removing 23 feet of soil from the Tyrol Hills subdivision prior to development cost the developer $112,000, according to Pettit. He estimated in today’s market, that cost would be approximately $300,000. “Between $300,000 and $3 million – that’s a tremendous difference,” added Pettit. “I think there’s more to look into. It was brought up by the Design Team. I think he gave the answer he wanted to give and inflated it tremendously.”

Board Director Taylor Peterson agreed, citing a conversation with which brought to light the county currently paying $8 per cubic foot for sand fill. “If he’s inflating sand that much, what else is he inflating?”

Present at the meeting via Skype, Board Director Dean Mierau added, “With the current model, there’s no incentive for the cost to be less. What we’re up against is not really looking at cost savings.” What is unclear, however, is whether or not the cost estimate of $26 per cubic foot including additional work such as borings, permitting, and labor. The project would require the use of state and fede .....
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Rushford-Peterson hits at security issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The R-P School District is considering options for increased security measures at the school in light of parent concerns last October. A policy for identification of staff and visitors is in place, with all non-authorized personnel to check in at ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves bond sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

A special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board was called Thursday, January 15 for the purpose of adopting a debt compliance policy and to approve the sale of bonds. All members of the board were present, including new directors Joyce Ivers ..... 
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Juried High School Art Show opens January 10

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Lanesboro Arts will present the Annual Juried High School Art Show, showcasing work by 9-12th grade students from Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Lanesboro, and Rushford-Peterson High Schools. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 10 fro ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson responds to concerns; renews superintendent contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to time constraints at the December 17 school board meeting, a special meeting was called December 22. The meeting was well attended by the public, as was the previous meeting, with more than 20 citizens waiting to hear the district’s respon ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson faces tough questions on new school issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Talk moves swiftly in tight-knit communities and recent rumblings over potential problems with Rushford-Peterson’s New School Initiative, and the subsequent referendum, led more than 55 citizens to pack into the high school biology room for the ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approves Design Team format

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

With a successful $38.1 million referendum, for a new facility, under their belt, the R-P School Board voted November 17 to move the initiative forward to the next stages. Nearly 30 packed into the high school biology room for the meeting, includi ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools new school information

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools and ATS&R will be holding a community input meeting for the planning and designing of our new school building on Monday, December 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school science rooms, 3rd floor. If you would like to have som ..... 
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