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Fillmore Central projects underway

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There are multiple construction and capital improvement projects going on at Fillmore Central Schools this summer. Principal Heath Olstad and Dean Chris Mensink updated the school board on the progress at their brief mid-summer meeting on July 22.

The new electronic sign at the high school has been installed and is working. A similar sign will be placed at the elementary school later this week.

Mensink said the parking lot project at the elementary school is moving along nicely. Water at the football field was installed and is ready to go when football season starts.

The high school building is currently torn apart as the new sprinkler system is being installed. The new wireless system will be up and running soon as well. Olstad said everything will be completed before school starts in September.

New Freezer

Superintendent Richard Keith said the walk-in freezer at the high school has been having problems. It was purchased used and the district has had to put a lot of money into it this last year. Bids were received from Kingsley Mercantile and Rochester Restaurant Supply. The bid from Kingsley Mercantile in Harmony was accepted at $16,096.

Milk and Lunch Prices

Keith explained the price of adult lunches must be set at $3.40 this year. The board had previously approved the cost at $3.35. The board approved an increase to $3.50 in order to stay within USDA regulations for the next year or two.

The board had also previously approved the price of milk for break to be $35 per semester for grades K-6. The school recently got some state funding to reduce costs for kindergarteners, which will cover a majority of the cost. The board approved the price change for kindergarten to $15 per semester.


The termination of Mary Breon from the daycare program was approved. The board also accepted a resignation from Brooke Ruesink from her position as co-director of the summer rec program.

Maternity leave for Janelle Therman was approved for the month of September. An additional 10 hours per week was approved for custodian Dustin Ferri through the month of August due to construction projects.

The remainder of the fall coaches for volleyball were approved. Kelsey Ristau will be coaching 7th grade, Kristi Bren and Tiffany Scheevel 9th grade, and Ashley Case will switch from 9th grade to B-squad.

Other Business

Keith informed the board there was a water leak upstairs at the high school, and the water ran for four hours, flooding part of the band room below. They have been working to get it cleaned up.

The board officially thanked Morem Electric for the donation of their time, materials, and equipment for installing the new sign in Harmony.

The board approved the second reading of handbooks for K-6, 7-12, Root River Program, Faculty, and Coaches Handbooks for 2014-15.

The board also approved the following items:

•An open enrollment request

•Membership in the Minnesota School Board Association

•School board policies with no changes from last year

•Opening a bank account with Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund for summer

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