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Rushford-Peterson poised for growth with new developments


Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Several items headed the Monday, March 15th, meeting yet new developments and more positive growth for the district were likely the front runners.

The board unanimously approved the application of the district as a Charter School Authorizer for the Ridgeway School. While the district is among many vying for the position, Superintendent Chuck Ehler believes such an endeavor may have an influencing effect on families' willingness to send their children to the district.

The purpose of the agreement, as listed in documentation, is to assist the Ridgeway school in maintaining and improving pupil learning, achievement, and encouraging the use of different and innovative teaching methods. It is also intended to create new professional opportunities for teachers. This is all overseen by measuring outcomes and establishing accountability through new forms.

The application by the district will certainly be well scrutinized by the Minnesota Department of Education to determine its eligibility and standards.

Furthering the potential for positive growth, the district's request in regards to the new school initiative has been filed with the U.S. Congress and Senate. This is, in part, due to information sent to Congressman Walz's request of input on projects seeking federal appropriations. The district is highly grateful to all who accessed the comment website and submitted their thoughts.

In even more positive, although a far more "shocking" development, elementary students were recently rewarded for an enthusiastic ending to reading actives for the month. Exceeding a goal of 250,000 with a total of 382,218 minutes read, the students were treated to watching the Polar Splash on February 26th. The event essentially consisted of elementary principals Chuck Ehler and Shane McBroom plunging into the frigid Rush Creek.

Summing up the experience with one word, "Burr!" Ehler thanked Phil Costigan of KQYB for assisting in the countdown and closing ceremonies. Additional gratitude was extended to Chuck's Feed and Grain of Peterson for supplying popcorn that was served on March 5th to further reward the students.

Congratulations to:

• The district for receiving $9,275 in additional funds through Teachers Teaching Technology Through Teachers. The funds can be used at the discretion of the district and the Staff Development Committee intends to use it to support the purchase of technology for classrooms.

• The district for their contribution to Helping Hand for Haiti. Initiated by students, $835 was collected and presented to the American Red Cross. Superintendent Ehler enthused, "I commend our students and staff for their caring attitude and willingness to extend a helping hand to others."

• The Conference Knowledge Bowl Team, who placed first in the south division of the conference and finished second for the season.

• Logan Brand and wrestling coaches for a 4th place finish at the state wrestling meet.

• Boys basketball team and coaches for advancing to the section 1A championship.

• Girls Basketball team and coaches for a great season ending.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Monday, April 19th, at 6:30, in the high school biology room. The public is encouraged to attend.

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