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Fillmore Central discusses H1N1 flu

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in Education

There was discussion about the possibilities of an outbreak of the H1N1 flu at the recent Fillmore Central School Board meeting. Superintendent Myrna Luehmann gave the board members information on the flu itself, as well as things schools can do to prevent the spread of the flu. She also gave out several resources that parents and teachers can check out online if they have any questions.

Some of the things for schools to keep in mind were employees, students or teachers suspected of having the flu should stay home from school. Hands should be washed several times a day with soap and warm water. Tissues should be available in all classrooms, as well as hand sanitizer gels. It is also recommended that everyone get their flu shot.

According to Luehmann, the district is required to report H1N1 influenza cases to the Department of Education if they reach a certain number. There have been no cases so far at Fillmore Central. There will be a seasonal flu shot clinic for staff on October 5 from 7-8 a.m.

MSBA Regional Meeting

Luehmann spoke about the legislative shift in money for schools in Minnesota. The funding shift means that schools will only get 72 percent of the money they should receive from the state. They are deferring the rest to the next year, but Luehmann says the schools won't actually get it then. In actuality, the state is taking $1.8 billion from schools, or what amounts to approximately $500 per student.

Building and

Grounds Supervisor

Blaine Moe updated the board on what he has been doing. He said the new doors at the high school were paid for with Health and Safety money. He said he would like to hire a high school student to shovel snow in the mornings when there is a measurable snowfall starting at 6:30 a.m., mainly for the high school stairs. The board approved. He also mentioned that the Ford sweeper is getting very old and it is on its last leg. Moe said it doesn't make sense to put any money into it.

AmeriCorp Leap

Kelly Hill from AmeriCorp gave a report to the board about her position. She is currently working with volunteers in the district. The volunteers work in places like Homework Help, pre-school, ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education), and some in the daycare. Her contract goes through the end of July. The board approved the volunteer package, which includes a volunteer application, a checklist for helping the volunteers, and a description of the volunteer opportunities at Fillmore Central.

Hill is being paid through an early childhood grant. She is a former Fillmore Central student who now has her teaching license.

Other Business

The board approved the resignation of Phyllis Hendrickson, who was a paraprofessional at the Root River Program. They also accepted the resignation of Amy Timmerman, who was a lead teacher at the daycare. The board thanked them for their years of service to the district.

The Proposed 2009 Payable 2010 Levy was approved at a decrease of 25.87 percent and little impact on the taxpayers.

The board also approved the following items:

• a request for an additional paraprofessional at the high school for four hours a day;

• two open enrollment requests from Lanesboro and Chatfield;

• the hire of Erin Becker as the new 7th grade volleyball coach;

• graduate credit reimbursements for several faculty members;

• a sports sharing agreement with Lanesboro;

• lane changes for certified staff;

• the hire of Erin Becker as the RTI (Response to Intervention) coordinator.

The next school board meeting date was changed to Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Preston.

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