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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with the parking lot renovations marked. There will be 60 parking spaces added to the east side, or the front of the school. He has spoken with the city of Preston, and there is a policy that parking must be set back 10 feet from the property line. He said they don’t know for sure where the property line is, but if there is a problem, they can always ask for a variance.

There will also be 11 parking spaces added to the north side of the building. The spaces will be used for parents dropping off and picking up their kids from SAC and daycare. The parking lot on the south side and the front driveway will be reclaimed and repaved. The back lot, which is now gravel, will be paved as well. There will also be work done to improve the storm sewer to help with drainage issues.

There was some discussion about the front driveway, which is always congested during drop-off and pick-up times. There will be no parking allowed in that driveway, as the buses will be going through there.

Community Ed. Report

Community Education Director Angi Kaase gave the board an annual update. The daycare currently has 80 kids, and Kaase said they are looking at expanding in the future. There are 79 students registered for SAC, and summer registration is now open.

The school readiness fees will stay the same next year but they are looking at increasing the cost the year after. They will be increasing transportation costs. There are 33 students in the school readiness program. Preschool registrations for next year were sent out to families.

Kaase said the ECFE program has been growing. They had three winter classes and three spring classes, with 24 families participating.

The summer rec. staff was hired, and events will be starting June 9.

Electric Signs

Superintendent Richard Keith told the board about the electric signs that will be going up in Harmony and Preston. The sign at the high school in Harmony will be a community sign; the Harmony Foundation has donated $15,000 toward the cost. Fillmore Central will pay the rest of the cost (about $3,000) and the cost of installation. There will also be a sign that is just for the school placed on the face of the elementary building, at a cost of $10,000.

Keith explained the software to run the signs. Jane Sagan, administrative assistant at the high school, will be able to change it from the office. Also, a person can put a message on a flash drive and plug it into the sign itself. It cannot be changed from anywhere except the school.

The signs will have whatever events and announcements the school would like to share. The board approved.


The board approved some staff and coaching resignations. Denise Case resigned as head volleyball coach, and Tim Ostrom resigned from B-squad softball. Kyle Rundquist was hired for Ostrom’s position.

The resignations of Connie Snitker and Noelle Crawford from the daycare was approved, as was the resignation of Jill Miller from school readiness.

John Mease was hired in the full-time custodial position. Michael Fassbinder was hired for a long-term substitute position at the high school. Stephanie Erickson was hired for the summer for SAC.

The summer rec. staff was approved, as were Special Ed. service contracts for the 2014-2015 school year.


The board approved the purchase of two scoreboards for the gym at the high school. The facilities committee and Keith recommended two Daktronics scoreboards for $24,305. The scoreboards will be installed this summer. The old scoreboards will be moved to the old gym. Board member Craig Britton said the scoreboards will really enhance the gym, and the addition of stat panels will work really well.

Principal and Dean reports

Principal Heath Olstad said the senior trip to Washington, D.C. was very successful. He thanked the board and the community for their continued support of this memorable trip

The 7th and 8th grade band performed at Wisconsin Dells recently, and did a great job, according to Olstad. Science students in grades 9-11 had a field trip to the Science Museum in St. Paul that went very well.

Prom will be on April 26, and the Big Band Bash is on May 3.

Dean Chris Mensink said the Hoops for Heart and Jump for Heart fundraisers raised $7,053.05.

Mensink said the fencing around the baseball field is nearly complete. He will find out by April 30 if they will receive grant money from the MN Twins for more upgrades.

Other Business

The board approved the following items:

•The Head Start lease with no changes

•Placing support staff on seasonal leave for the summer

•Membership in the MSHSL

•The 2014-2015 school calendar

•The emergency school closing policy

•The Student Assurances Services Program

•Summer school for Title I

•Proceeding with the issuance and sale of bonds for facility projects

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