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Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Jun 30th, 2006
Posted in Education

HARMONY - Fillmore Central’s contract renewal with Marsden Building Maintenance for custodial work in district schools was a topic of discussion at the regular school board meeting Tuesday evening. Chairman Ron Stevens, speaking for the committee that met with Marsden in February and again in May, recommended a one-year contract instead of two this time.

“Things aren’t going as well as we hoped,” said Stevens. He added that Marsden will be adding two part-time employees to work four hours in the evenings per day, one in Preston and one in Harmony. The board approved the contract, an increase of $2476 per month, adjusted for cost of living increases as well as the two part-time positions.

The committee met with Marsden in February regarding some problems and complaints about work that was not getting done, and came up with a plan for improvement. The supervisor at the time had experience with office buildings in Rochester and had never worked at a school before. He has been replaced by a manager with school custodial experience. According to Superintendent Myrna Luehmann, there have been numerous problems with communication and management in the past.

Full-time Marsden employee and custodial staff member Bernie Hurley was present at the meeting. Hurley was an employee of the district before Marsden took over cleaning and maintenance.

“Maintenance is not being done,” stated Hurley. “Marsden is only concentrating on cleaning.”

Stevens pointed out that with the new part time employees doing cleaning in the evenings, time would be freed up for the other employees to do some maintenance projects that have been neglected. The board agreed with a one year contract, and will look at how things are going after the first of the year.

Staffing and Salary Changes

Four resignations were accepted at the meeting, which will mean more staff changes for the next school year. Mark Melcher, Special Ed. Teacher; Ryan Marx, PE and Health teacher and coach; Paula Snell, High School Special Ed; and Lisa Wilhelm, Middle School art teacher have all turned in their resignations.

The board also approved new contracts for next year. Mary Hatfield has been hired for the Elementary and Middle School Media Assistant Position. Frank Tribon will be teaching High School Social Studies.

Luehmann mentioned that a person has been hired for the Community Education Director Position, but there have been no applicants for the Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) position. Teaching contracts have been offered for the first grade and Early Risers positions, and a candidate for the elementary music teacher is pending.

Part of the board’s yearly duties is to set salaries for next year. This year, some changes will be made. The substitute teacher pay was raised from $90 for a full day and $45 for a half day to $100 for a full day and $50 for a half day. The number of consecutive days before going on a salary schedule will remain the same at ten. Substitute secretary pay and substitute paraprofessional pay will be raised from $7.50 an hour to $7.75 an hour. Van driver and substitute van driver pay will be raised from $8.50 an hour to $8.75 an hour.

Student activity fees, admission fees, sports season passes, hot lunch, breakfast and milk fees will all remain the same for next year.

Principal’s Report

In High School Principal Heath Olstad’s report, he gave the board members a chance to look at a list of what the graduated seniors are planning to do next year. Out of the 60 graduates, 30 will be going on to college, 21 will be attending a technical or community college, one will be going into the military and 8 will be seeking employment. In all, 81 percent of the class will be furthering their education.

The board approved the first reading of the Student Handbook with a few changes for the 2006-2007 school year.


Several mini-grants totaling $10,500 were given to Fillmore Central by local banks in Fountain, Harmony and Preston. Every year, teachers can apply for grants for up to $500 for a special project, trip or equipment. Olstad told the board of a few of the ways the money will be spent at the school. Some of the grants include reading projects and books at the elementary school, physical education equipment and supplemental materials at the middle school, technology for the Photography Club at the high school, and hand tools for the shop class.

“There are a wide variety of grants,” said Olstad. “It’s just an excellent program that the banks provide.”

Luehmann expressed the gratitude of the school district for the great show of support from the local banks each year.

Summer Maintenance


The roofing project at the high school will not be finished by July 4, according to Luehmann, but should be completed by the first of August. Asbestos removal at the high school also began this week. Luehmann said the tuck pointing project at the high school has gotten more involved since there was some deterioration discovered and more work that needs to be done. The boiler at the high school will also have to be re-tubed, and new steam traps are needed.

Some other minor projects at the high school and the elementary and middle school building have been found by OSHA to be in need of repair. Money for those projects will then come from the Health and Safety Funds.

Other business

The board approved the following:

• Band Instructor Lane Powell will receive tenure since he has been at the school for three years

• Membership in the MREA (Minnesota Rural Education Association) for the next year

• Renewal of the lease for Head Start at the same price, with $140 month for paper products supplied by the school.

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