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Fillmore Central preps for referendum


Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

During the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on October 27, board member Craig Britton spoke about the things that the referendum committee have been working on to promote voting for the referendum.

After the board meeting that evening, there was a third informational meeting for the public to ask questions and share any concerns. Britton said they have given out handouts at each of the meetings informing people on the reasons for the referendum. They have sent out a letter to property owners that will be affected from Superintendent Myrna Luehmann, a tax impact worksheet, and a sample ballot. There have been articles in local newspapers, and there is a tax impact worksheet on the school website. Teachers and staff have been spreading the word to get out and vote on November 2, and door hangings were delivered throughout Preston, Harmony, and Fountain. Information will also be sent out in students' Friday folders on October 29.

Principal Reports

In his report on the elementary school, Dean of Students Chris Mensink said the One-and-Done fundraiser made $43,000 in sales. The school receives a percentage of that, which is $14,200. Mensink said it was a very successful fundraiser.

Mensink also mentioned the Eagle Bluff trip for the seventh graders, which will take place on November 1-3. He said due to donations and a grant program, they were able to have the students go for only $15 each. Mensink said they received donations from SEMEP, Preston Fire, Harmony Fire, Bluff Valley Riders, POET, the local banks, and the One-and-Done fundraiser.

Principal Heath Olstad said there were 20 juniors at the high school that took the PSAT test. He also mentioned that parent/teacher conferences will be on November 11 and 15 from 4-7 p.m.

Olstad said there will be a Veteran's Day ceremony at the high school on November 11. State Senator Sharon Ropes will be the speaker that day.

Staffing

The board approved the hire of Tara Morem for a Special Ed. paraprofessional at the elementary school. They also approved of the hire of Sue Snell for a long-term sub for Mrs. Siebenaler, elementary Special Ed. teacher, who will be on family care leave.

The hire of Frank Tribon was approved for one physical education class second semester at the high school.

Jackie Whitacre was hired for the One Act play and Spring Musical director.

Other Business

The board approved the sports sharing agreement with Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton schools. Fillmore Central shares wrestling, track, softball, and baseball with Lanesboro. They share only wrestling with Mabel-Canton.

A special meeting to canvass election and referendum results and discuss a discipline issue will be held on Friday, November 5 at 7 a.m. Luehmann explained they had to deal with the discipline action by November 5, and they have from November 5-12 to canvass election results.

An open enrollment request was approved for two students from Wykoff.

A medical stipend of $1,500 was approved for Brenda Ristau for administering meds to a student.

A two-year snow removal contract renewal was approved.

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