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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model for schools across the US. The list of accolades Kingsland has racked up is quite impressive, especially for a public school in a rural area.

For example, they are the first school in southeastern Minnesota to offer an in-house Associates of Arts Program, offering 86 college credits to qualified juniors and seniors; just one of their many academic achievements. Kingsland has been recognized nationally in media for their educational programs and implementations, as well as state wide and locally. The district has hosted teams of teachers from other districts, all eager to tour their facilities and meet with faculty because they feel Kingsland is the best and they can learn from the academic advances the school has made.

Superintendent John McDonald, along with the Kingsland School Board, believes one of the next steps for Kingsland to achieve academic growth is to move to a one site school. He explains that the process towards that decision began in October of 2011 when the district’s strategic plan was discussed. (All districts have a strategic plan that is updated/changed every few years so they do not become complacent and they are able to continue to grow.) McDonald says over 100 people were part of the process at that time; members of the district, the school community, business leaders, etc. The focus of the plan is explained as “Kingsland Public Schools is committed to an academically rich environment through the integration of 21st Century skills.”

The superintendent shared the strategic objectives that derived from meetings with community and school members that were set in March 2012. The goals are academically aggressive and range from attracting and obtaining highly effective teachers to identifying and assisting underachieving students. The strategic plan lists “Facilities that match our educational needs.”, however McDonald admits that there was no discussion of a one site school with the public who were in attendance.

Instead, he says, the board used the foundation of the strategic planning discussions to make the decision to go to a one site location. McDonald says, “The decision was based on what is the greatested educational value we can get bas .....
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Ethel Olson

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Ethel Olson, age 95, of Spring Valley, Minn., died December 19, 2013 at the Ostrander Care and Rehab. Ethel Emma Sophie Niemeyer was born February 7, 1918 to Louis and Rose (Wedeking) Niemeyer in Jordan Township, Minnesota. She was a 1936 graduate ..... 
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Kingsland School Board performs double duty

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room for a Truth in Taxation meeting followed by a regular school board meeting at 6:45 p.m. All school board members were present with the exceptio ..... 
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Christmas on Historic Broadway 2013

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

For the eighth consecutive year the lights on Broadway in Spring Valley, Minn. were a little brighter than usual during Christmas on Historic Broadway, which took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The annual event brings residents and visitors ..... 
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Brian T. Boelter

Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Brian T. Boelter, age 45, of Spring Valley, MN passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 at his home. On June 10, 1968, Brian was born to Gary and Lois (Capelle) Boelter in Rochester, MN. In 1986, Brian graduated from Spring Valley High School. He att ..... 
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Thomas K. Minnich

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Thomas K. Minnich, age 88, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the Ostrander Care and Rehab. Tom was born June 26, 1925, in Coon Rapids, Iowa, the son of Guy and Edna (Ridgeway) Minnich. The family moved to Minnesota when h ..... 
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Spring Valley passes ambulance budget

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and acted on several important issues. The 2014 Budget was reviewed and adopted. The total for the 2014 Budget was $914,632, which is what the budget was in 2013. The tax levy for 2014 has a coup ..... 
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Give to the Max Day: Presentation of award to Fillmore Central

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

Fillmore Central will again be the recipient of the challenge award between the Preston Area Community Foundation and the Spring Valley Community Foundation. The presentation will be on Tuesday, December 3 at the boys basketball game between Fillmo ..... 
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SEMA Equipment Inc. to hold Santa Days event

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – SEMA Equipment (SEMA) will hold its annual Santa Days and Holiday Open House events during the first week of December. The main focus of the events is collecting Toys for Tots. SEMA is a major sponsor of the Marine Corps led ..... 
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