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Rushford-Peterson approves public hearing

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Education

Industrial Technology teacher Mark Winkels, who was placed on unrequested leave by the board on April 29th, has requested a public hearing regarding his position. The board has been working since the special meeting to determine what courses Winkels would be eligible to teach based on his seniority. Several issues including financial strain, low class enrollment, and a projected drop in district enrollment numbers have led to the recent staffing changes which included the termination of four positions and the unrequested leave of Winkels. While a specific date hasn't been set, the board has approved the hearing.

In yet another persistent issue, the rapidly aging elementary and high school facility, the district is still looking for feasible options in regards to the New School Initiative. Looking to determine how serious the district is with potentially moving forward with constructing an elementary building alone, Gary Benson of ICS Consulting, Inc. has presented the district with some preliminary cost figures.

A first-phase, elementary-only facility would likely run the district an estimated $12 million. The 68,000 square-foot plan assume today's construction market, and are for building construction, site work, design fees, permits, furnishings, testing, and other costs related to construction. Gary Olson of Ehler's Associates is working on a potential tax impact statement using the number as a guide. The use of Qualified School Construction Bonds, in the amount of $5 million will be factored into tax impact predictions.

In lighter news, the district has announced its 2010 Summer Meal Program. During the course of the summer, all children ages birth to 18, regardless of family income level, will be able to eat free breakfasts and lunches at school. The meals will be available Monday through Friday during designated serving times, with the exception of July 5 or the week of August 2-6. Adults may also take part in these meals, but for a small fee of $2.25 (breakfast) and $3.40 (lunch). Adults are encouraged to join their children for meals when possible.

Congratulations to:

• The Envirothon Teams for their success at the Area VII Competition. The two teams finished in first and second place and will advance to the Minnesota State Envirothon.

• FFA Members for competing at the 2010 MN State FFA Convention: Phillip Nitecki, Landon Feine, and Ashley Tschumper (Nursery Landscape); Danielle Christian, Nathan Metz, and James Knudsen (Fish and Wildlife); and Tyler Johnson (General Livestock Judging). RP was also recognized for contributing over 600 service hours to the MN State FFA Million Hour Challenge.

• Oustanding performance at the Visual Art Competition. Student Denise Latsch received a Superior Rating for her Ukrainian Egg and students Ashley Gately, Parisa Sanor, Allyson Lee, Ashlee Bakkum, Kaecey Jertson, Kasey Morris, Brittany Metz, Conager Mrozek, Rosa Seo, Hannah Tostenson, Haley Wilkemeyer, Damian Kreidermacher, Kacey Oloff, Sawyer James, and Ryan Jackson all received Excellent Ratings.

• State Speech Participant Emily Frick.

• National Honor Society inductees, recognized for excelling in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character: Levi Brown, Danielle Christian, Brad Ebner, Steven Koenen, Mariah Mierau, Kevin O' Donnell, Jade Pelzl, Michelle Ruberg, Carl Schiltz, Tracy Todd, Stephanie Wick, Riley Anderson, Jerad Brown, Tyler Johnson, Ben Krambeer, and Sam Thorson, daughter of Steve and Karen Thorson.

• WSU Academic Excellence representatives, recognized as the top 5 percent of graduating seniors from R-P: Levi Brown, Kevin O'Donnell, and Carl Schiltz.

• School Board Scholarship Recipients Brad Ebner, Brittany Metz and Mariah Mierau.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting is Monday, June 21st, at 6:30. The public is encouraged to attend.

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