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R-P School Board approves extended leave amid concerns


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

For several months, the R-P School Board has been gathering information regarding a request for an extended leave of absence from teacher Judy Vix. Twice the issue has been tabled pending more information. At the Monday, June 15 meeting, the issue was brought forth for approval again.

Superintendent Chuck Ehler has clarified Vix has agreed not to seek reinstatement prior to the end of the three year period. After that time, she is within rights to seek reinstatement in a teaching position at the district as specified by union contract. Vix is currently on requested leave of absence. Time on leave during the 2014-2015 school yet is not included in the extended leave.

Board Director Taylor Peterson stated concern for the students in allowing the leave and suggested the district terminate the contract. In reviewing the district policy book regarding discipline, suspension, and dismissal of school district employees, specifically violations of rules, substandard performance, misconduct and what qualifies as misconduct, Peterson noted, “There’s one that includes what happened. Peterson also referred to Section 414, related to mandatory reporting. “ It bugs me because of the circumstance and how it was handled. I feel like there was, as number two says, ‘Failure to protect the child from conditions or actions that may seriously endanger the child’s physical or mental health.’” Peterson discussed further concern for repeated instances for which verbal and written warnings were given by the district.

“I feel giving a leave of absence, then allowing to Mrs. Vix to come back; I’m worried it may happen again, given how soon it happened; twice in such a short period of time. I know it costs money to terminate contracts, but I’d rather spend the money and keep the kids safe. I would feel much better cutting ties, just to keep the kids safe,” Peterson continued.

Board Director Dean Mierau, attending the meeting via Skype, also noted concern. “I think often times, the students are held to a higher standard that the teachers in this administration. It’s nothing personal, but if we don’t set the example, and set everyone to the same standard, it’s just going to continue to come back and back.”

“I agree with all those statements, and am for the kids’ safety, but when it comes to teachers under contract, I think there’s a difference between misconduct and illnesses. L .....
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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Rushford Village gives update on ordinance issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, June 2 council meeting entailed a fair bit of discussion regarding issues previously brought to light as infractions or concerns of various zoning ordinances. Mayor Gordon Johnson has met with Featherstone Farm owner and operator Jack ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley kicks off demonstration and class season

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Rushford Peterson Farmers’ Market, now in its third year, is planning several demonstrations and classes from local growers and artisans. Markets are held Wednesdays, May through October, from 4-7 p.m., at Creekside Park in Rushford. On June ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The second event welcomed Root River Floral to its new location in Rushford, located at 303 S. Elm Street. Root River Floral is a full service florist an ..... 
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Recognizing two businesses in Rushford!

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, April 17. The first event welcomed Derek Berg and his new Farm Bureau Financial Services business in Rushford, located at 305 S. Elm Street. Farm Bureau Financial ..... 
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The facts on the R-P school project Response to Stan Gudmundson letter regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

By John Linder More than six months ago, the voters of the R-P School District passed a building referendum helped by the generous support of the state. It is unfortunate that a small butvocal group that opposed the referendum are still making clai ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson announces 2015 summer meal program

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Monday thru Friday beginning June 1-September 2 during designated serving times. Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. Lunch fr ..... 
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