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Rushford-Peterson catches a break; gets tangled in bully issue


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

“We asked for a miracle, we got one. It wasn’t what we asked for but it was exactly what we needed,” enthused Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The comments came on the heels of notification that the education piece of the Omnibus bill, HF 3172, regarding debt equalization aid, received approval May 15, before moving on to the House and Senate where the entire Omnibus bill was passed. Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill into law May 20. “We are extremely excited,” continued Ehler.

The legislation was drafted by the district in partnership with Moose Lake School District after both unsuccessfully lobbied the state for financial assistance for facilities following the impact of natural disasters. Rushford-Peterson was hit with excess of $1 million in damages to the aging facility, portions of which date to 1903 and 1936, following severe flooding in 2007. The following year, the district sought state aid in building a new $20 million facility with no result. December 2012, the district brought forth a $15 million referendum for a new pre-K to grade five facilities, but it was denied by district voters unable to bear the steep tax increase.

“We have a plan moving forward to financially address issues. We said we’d do everything in our power to secure state funding and this will help,” added Ehler. Districts will be eligible for state aid in debt related to a new facility if they meet specific criteria. This includes impact of a natural disaster with damages over $500,000 after January 1, 2005, with repair and replacement ineligible for federal aid or covered by insurance. Qualifying districts would be required to pass a bond referendum for a new facility before securing debt equalization aid. Assistance could be as much as three times the typical debt equalization aid. Funds become available July 1, 2015.

If Rushford-Peterson seeks to build a $35 million dollar early childhood to grade 12 facility, the annual debt cost for a 20-year loan would amount to $1.2 million for the district taxpayers with an additional $1.6 million provided by the State, according to Ehler. “It is my hope the board will take a serious look at utilizing this legislation to continue moving forward with our new school initiative. We secured piece of legislation that will serve our districts and others in the future, should they experience what we did.”

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Kingsland approves interim athletic director

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

An extensive agenda awaited the Kingsland School Board on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the regular school board meeting held in the Kingsland Conference Room. Consent Agenda items were approved. The following donations were recognized: American Legion ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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