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Fillmore Central improves AYP status


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann told the school board on August 25 that the district made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) based on testing done last spring.

Fillmore Central did not make AYP last year and was put on an improvement plan. Luehmann said they must make AYP two years in a row to be off the improvement plan.

The middle school made AYP in all categories, as well as the elementary school. Only the third and fourth graders were tested at the elementary. Luehmann said the school did much better this year than the year before, and is hopeful that they can maintain or improve their scores.

MREA Meeting

Board member Deb Ristau recently attended a Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) meeting. She said they talked about the legislative problems and the $6.4 billion deficit the state is dealing with. Ristau said the district's cutbacks will come with the property tax shift this year. The shortfall will come when they receive their state funds in June of 2010.

Ristau said the meetings are always good and there is a lot of information. Luehmann agreed that the MREA has always done well for schools in rural areas.

Summer Maintenance

Projects

Luehmann said the summer maintenance projects went very smoothly. There were a lot of small repairs done at all three buildings, as well as a lot of painting. The middle school roof project is completely finished and went very well. There is a new roof on the garage in Preston, and a sidewalk at the high school was repaired.

Summer Rec.

Board member Sue Ostrom reported on this year's summer recreation program. According to Ostrom, the program's revenues were up and costs were down, and both the Harmony and Preston groups were well under budget for the year. She also said that the cities of Harmony and Preston have agreed to take on 100 percent of the costs of the program. The district will still take care of the administration and supervision of the program.

This year the cities' share was 80 percent. Luehmann said that summer rec. programs are paid for by the city in most communities in the area.

Principal's reports

The school year has begun early and things are moving along smoothly in both schools. Luehmann said there will be a Spanish Exploratory class for the sixth graders taught by high school Spanish teacher Brian Wolfgram. Luehmann said the K-8 Stop 'n Drop was well attended, as well as the supply fair, which gave school supplies to families who were unable to afford them. She reminded the board there will be no school from September 4-7.

High School Principal Heath Olstad told the board that there are 55 students in grades 9-12 that are playing football. All of the fall sports began on August 17.

Olstad said the Simulated Schedule Parent night on August 20 went very well. He got many compliments from parents who attended, but would like to see more people come. He also shared that ag mechanics teacher Lisa Sackreiter attended an ag workshop this summer for Briggs and Stratton. Since she attended the workshop they donated 10 motors to the school.

Other Business

Luehmann said middle school math teacher Jeanette Burns should have received tenure last year. Luehmann had been told that she was not eligible since she took a year off teaching to go to school, but was recently told she is eligible since she worked three consecutive years before that.

Luehmann said the volleyball numbers are higher than predicted last spring. The seventh grade has 12 girls, eighth grade has nine, B squad has 11 and varsity has 15.

Board member Craig Britton stated the Negotiations Committee met with the teachers recently. They will be meeting again on September 10 to finalize their contract.

The board approved the second reading of both the K-8 handbook revisions and the policy changes,

The board also approved the support staff assignments for 2009-2010.

The Truth in Taxation hearing will be held at the December 22 meeting at 6:01 p.m. in Preston in the middle school library.

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