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Rushford-Peterson approves progressive discipline addendum


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The R-P School Board has a new face on the panel for the 2015-2016 school year. Senior Clara Weiser, daughter of Mark and Molly Weiser, pictured at right, will be serving in the capacity of Board of Education Student Representative. Also pictured, at left, is Board Director Julie Koop. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Rushford-Peterson School Board voted unanimously to approve an addendum to its student handbooks regarding progressive discipline. The policy had drawn some concern in recent months over a lack of clear definition. In July, when the board approved the handbooks, it was requested that district administration work to include and define progressive discipline in the handbook. The addendum addressed this request and lays out options that may be exercised by the district in response to incidents.

“It is the general policy of the school district to utilize progressive discipline to the extent reasonable and appropriate based upon the specific facts and circumstances of student conduct. The specific form of discipline chosen in a particular case is solely within the discretion of the school district,” states subsection A of section II, “Disciplinary Action.”

“At a minimum, violation of school district rules, regulations, policies or procedures will result in discussion of the violation and a verbal warning. The school district shall, however, impose more severe disciplinary sanctions for any violation, including exclusion or expulsion, if warranted by the student’s misconduct, as determined by the school district.”

Disciplinary actions spelled out in the section include a meeting with the teacher, counselor or principal; detention, loss of school privileges, a parental conference with school staff, a modification to school programs, removal from class, suspension, exclusion, and expulsion. It is noted that disciplinary action may take the form of one or more of these consequences, but is also not limited to them. “Progressive Discipline is a disciplinary model that responds to inappropriate student behavior as needed, but also fosters positive behaviors throughout the school environment, so as to reduce the occurrence of negative behaviors,” notes subsection B of the policy addendum.

Board Director Taylor Peterson suggested the policy or something similar be added to the staff handbook as well. Superintendent Ehler noted it would be a topic consideration for inclusion. Board Chairman John Linder cautioned that there may be some union issues with doing so, but that the item could certainly be brought up.

In other news, the board has also approved an application to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for additional access to funding .....
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Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber ribbon-cutting

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair on August 14 to welcome the new business and new Chamber member. Leigh and Kayla Volkman own and operate the business and employ two full-time employees. Leig ..... 
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Rushford Village keeps eye on roadways, illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The 2015 Pavement Management Plan projects are already underway and the council continues to take a proactive approach to tackling the status of city roads. The first of the payments for related work has been formally approved by the Rushford Villag ..... 
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Rushford Village approves solar array permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The city of Rushford Village held a public hearing Tuesday, August 4, for the purpose of receiving public comment on a proposed Interim Use Permit for an expanded solar array. Tri-County Electric (TEC), the applicant, is seeking to expand their exis ..... 
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Rushford Village talks hall rental; public hearing for expanded solar array

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, July 21, Rushford Village meeting consisted largely of Planning and Zoning issues, but the potential rental of the Village Hall garnered most of the discussion. Mayor Gordon Johnson met recently with Root River Yoga owner Amanda Grigg ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson approve contracts for 2015-2016

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board approved a number of housekeeping items at the Monday, July 20 meeting, including staffing requests and annual agreements with Hiawatha Mental Health Center, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, and Minneso ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Grade 8 A Honors: Cora Bauer, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Chloe Bunke, Chealsy Eide, Isabelle Gile, Kjersta Hinz, Peyton Hoiness, Lauren Lawston, Abbylyn Malone, Cassidy Meldahl, Nolan Mueller, Megan Oian, Merrill Schroeder, and Julissa Trejo B Honors: ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 4th quarter honor roll

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

A Honors Grade 9: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jordan McNamer, and Matthew Strapp Grade 10: Ashley Agr ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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