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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 response to recent concerns and the outcome of the superintendent’s contract.

A two-page memorandum from Tom Melcher, school finance director for the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), was presented in regards to the district eligibility for Natural Disaster Debt Service Equalization. Many in the district have argued concern over state aid. While not guaranteed, Greg Crowe, of Ehlers & Associates, the financial firm assisting the district with the referendum and new school initiative, has stated on multiple occasions that there is no reason to expect funding to be pulled by the state.

Per state statute, three conditions must be met in order to for the district to qualify for state aid for the New School Initiative, a $38.1 million pre-K through grade 12 facility. First, “The district was impacted by a natural disaster event or area occurring January 1, 2005, or later, as declared by the President, which is eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency payments (FEMA).” The community was impacted by a 500-year flood in 2007 and the Rushford facility, while not under water, did sustain damages.

Secondly, “The natural disaster caused $500,000 or more in damages to school district buildings.” This aspect of the eligibility requirements has been subject to much speculation and varying interpretation, according to James Noble, representative from the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. Noble stated that the district will qualify for state aid, despite some of the $734,695.66 in FEMA grants and disaster aid being utilized for equipment, grounds, and hazard mitigation and not directly to the facilities themselves.

Melcher also echoed this assurance, noting that MDE had used restorative costs of school facilities to pre-disaster function and capacity as defined by FEMA. According to Melcher, this included “Essential components and steps other than just the cost of construction contracts for repairs to the main building.” These components include cleanup, planning, project management, and replacement of equipment and restoration of grounds.

The last piece of eligibility states, “The repair and replacement costs a .....
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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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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 1st quarter honor roll

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

6th Grade: A Honors: Paige Dailey, Megan Ekern, Alayna Helgemoe, Hailey Jenkins, Hannah Linder, Julia Maynard, Luke O’Hare, Isabelle Olson, Josiah Rasmussen, Emma Schuster, Jonah Sievers, Hale Stensgard, Lily Thompson B Honors: Bradley Colbens ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 1st quarter honor roll

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

9th Grade: A Honors: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Keegan Dittman, Jordan Dressler-Guyer, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jor ..... 
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Academic lettering assembly

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

Wednesday, November 12, forty-two Rushford-Peterson students were recognized for their leadership in academics. Students in grades 9-11 from the 2013-2014 school year, maintaining a 3.670 GPA each quarter, received a letter, pin, and certificate of ..... 
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R-P addresses referendum rumors, issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district continues to address issues regarding the $38 million referendum, specifically those raised at recent forums, which haven’t eased public rumor and speculation. While the cost continues to be a major issue for many, as noted during the ..... 
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