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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 June 30 while the district waited to settle teacher contracts. Per legal advice, and to satisfy a Minnesota legal statute, Colbenson authorized Ehler to continue working past the expiration date under his current contract terms. This stirred up disapproval from board member Taylor Peterson, who noted decisions made regarding a superintendent’s contract must be made by the board as a whole. Peterson also voiced several concerns over the terms of the contract.

During a closed session meeting on October 21, the board discussed the contract once again. A two-year contract was approved, with an optional extension for the third year being offered if both parties mutually agree. Salary was increased 1.11 percent for 2013-2014 and 3.06 percent for 2014-2015, $103,682 and $107,182 respectively. Should the option for a third year be approved, salary would increase 2.59 percent. This contract is begun retroactively July 1, 2013 and will end June 30, 2015. Notice of renewal or nonrenewal will be agreed upon by December 15, 2014.

The package increases include salary, health, life, dental and LTD insurances, 403b contribution, teacher retirement and payroll taxes, as well as providing a $5,000 annual contribution to a Health Care Savings Account. According to a district press release, “The salary benefits package was determined using data from 12 area school districts to assist with the salary negotiation process. The average area superintendent salary is $111,151.00. An examination of duty days, insurance costs, severance payments and leave arrangement was performed to determine comparability with area schools.”

Peterson noted displeasure at the July meeting in regards to some of these benefits, particularly insurance coverage and time off. According to the contract, the district will provide the superintendent family coverage health, dental and vision coverage, under the district group plan at the expense of the district. In addition, the district will provide a group term life plan providing $100,000 of coverage, long-term disability, and liability insurance.

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Rushford Village goes ‘round with topic

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The review of the city’s current zoning board and the establishment or merge of a planning commission continues to be kicked around and was again an agenda topic at the Tuesday, October 1 council meeting. “You need to go through it and put it to ..... 
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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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SpectaculAir at Rushford, MN promises to be spectacular

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Rushford Municipal Airport at Rushford, Minn., presents the first-ever SpectaculAir air show, September 27 and 28, 2013, at the airport. The event, sponsored by the City of Rushford, Mead & Hunt, Inc., and approximately a dozen local businesses ..... 
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Rushford Village continues commission and ordinance discussion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The City of Rushford Village does not currently have a Planning and Zoning Commission and that is creating an issue according to City Attorney Tom Manion. “What you have is loose. You’re just going around and around. The cit ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Rushford Village selects engineer for road work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Following several months of discussion revolving around road issues, and a request for proposal from four firms, the city has contracted with Bolton & Menk, Inc. The purpose of the collaboration is to head off potential stumblin ..... 
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9/11 commemorative flag raising at Farmers Co-op Elevator Company

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Business Announcements

As the nation and world look towards the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Rushford American Legion and Farmers Co-op Elevator Company invite the public to a flag dedication ceremony to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women ..... 
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