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Fillmore Central prepared for new school year

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

By Jade Sexton

The Fillmore Central School Board approved a couple of purchases at their regular meeting on August 27. Superintendent Richard Keith explained the five-year lease on the copy machine at the high school will expire in October. They have three options: they can renew the current lease at $500 per month, purchase the current machine for around $4,000, or return the machine. Keith received quotes for new machines from local vendors, and he recommended going with the lease option from EO Johnson Copiers. He said the price will be locked in for the five-year lease, along with a maintenance agreement. The new lease should save the district money.

The board also approved the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Caravan SE from Nelson Auto in Fergus Falls. This purchase is to replace the van they had to sell last year.

Principal and Dean Reports

Principal Heath Olstad informed the board the HVAC project at the high school is complete and everything is ready for the new year. There will be an open house August 28, 4-6 p.m. in the K-6 building and 6:15-8 p.m. At this time, students in grades 9-12 will receive their laptops and be given the options to pay a monthly fee to take it home, pay nothing and keep it at the school, or pay a monthly lease to eventually own the laptop.

Athletic Director and Dean Chris Mensink gave the numbers for fall sports. There will be 68 participants in football, 52 in volleyball, nine in cross country (with Lanesboro), and 12 in cheerleading.

Mensink also said enrollment is up slightly this year, from 302 last year to 319 this year.


The board accepted resignations and approved hires of several staff members. The resignations of Lara Graves, Title I Teacher; Jeannette Burns, MS Math Wizards Coach; Melissa Laue, SAC Aide; Laura Vatland, SAC Aide; and Linda O’Connor, Daycare Aide were all accepted.

Ellie Skaggs was hired for a Daycare Aide, Melinda Daniels as Lead Custodian in the Harmony building, Sheryl Spencer as K-3 paraprofessional, and Kayla Carroll as 3-6 paraprofessional, and Terisa Scrabeck as Title I Teacher. Amanda Heibel was hired as the ECFE (Earl Childhood Family Education) Parent Educator and van driver. Jessica Marzolf will be teaching 4/5 preschool.

A sharing agreement with Kingsland was approved for Social Work services with Kay Haugerud and Transition Services with Kerry Kading. The board also approved a contract with Lori Rogers for Autism Services. Mark Kossman was approved for School Psychologist services for the month of September. A Physical Impairment Services contract was approved for Nancy Engrav through Kingsland Schools.

Other Business

The board meeting for December was changed to Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. The Truth in Taxation hearing will take place at the beginning of the regular board meeting.

The board approved the following items:

•Open enrollment for five students from the Mabel-Canton district

•Maternity leave in January for Jeannette Burns

•Support staff and custodial staff assignments for 2013-2014

•The Master Agreement with Education Minnesota

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