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Fillmore Central School Board hears about Senior Trip

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Education

Senior advisor Joe Stevens gave a report to the Fillmore Central School Board about the recent senior trip to Washington, D.C. There were 48 students and 12 adults on the 10-day trip.

According to Stevens, the class raised $56,000 for the trip. They made $17,000 in concessions, $5,000 from aluminum cans, and $15,000 in raffle tickets, which was a record.

Science teacher Michael Elliot went along on the trip in place of Stevens, who was ill. All of the chaperones had a role and were busy for the entire trip. Stevens added that they like to have someone on each bus with some medical experience. This time they also had someone with a police background, which came in handy when some things were stolen at a hotel in Washington, D.C.

Stevens said the support of the volunteers and chaperones was wonderful, and the students worked hard all year. He thanked the board, the office help and the administration for all of their hard work over the year.

"We wouldn't get it all done if everyone didn't work together," he said.

Student Jessica Moger also thanked the board on the behalf of the senior class for the opportunity to go on the trip. "It's like a history class, but not in the class," she said. "You're not looking at pictures in a book, you're really there."

Since the trip was a major learning experience as well as a good time, Moger considers it part of the school's curriculum, and believes it is a really good thing to continue.

Some of the favorite moments in the trip according to Moger were Gettysburg on the battlefield at night, Colonial Williamsburg, the Holocaust Museum, the boat cruise and Ford's Theater.

Custodial Staff

The new Building and Grounds Supervisor Blaine Moe thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the district, and said it's been a fun and exciting experience so far. He is impressed with the new crew that was hired.

According to Moe, the crew has been doing a lot of catching up on things that have not been done well the past couple of years. They have been working hard and saving the school money by fixing a leak in a roof and saving money on cleaning supplies and paper products. He requested the hiring of another part-time cleaning person that would work 4-8 p.m., and assured the board that it would be a permanent position. The board approved. They will also be hiring two teenagers for help during the summer to catch up on painting projects.

Early Risers Program

In K-8 Principal Brenda Lentz's report, she stated that the University of Minnesota had asked them to continue the Early Riser's Program for another year. The Early Risers is a pro-active violence intervention program for at-risk students funded by the U of M, and has been following the same students for the past two years. Lentz said they will not continue the research part of the project, as the costs are higher than the benefit. They will, however, continue the program with these students for another year, just without all the extra paperwork.

Staff Changes

Due to some retirements and resignations, there will be some staff changes at both schools for next year. At the elementary and middle school, they will be eliminating one section of first grade. They will also need to advertise for a K-5 music position, two seventh grade teachers and a K-8 social worker. There will be the same amount of FTE hours next year. At the high school, there will be some changes to the fine arts requirements for graduation. Olstad said he will be offereing Intro to Art as a full semester class. He has been offering sign language this year and would like to continue it next year and possibly add a Sign Language 2. They are also working on getting an Advanced Placement chemistry class for students to help them earn college credits.

Other business

• The board approved going ahead with A&F Consulting instead of IEA for the Health and Safety and Facilities management.

• The support staff was put on seasonal layoff for the summer.

• An ad-hoc committee was formed to discuss a superintendent evaluation and consists of Ron Stevens, John Torgrimson and Shelly Topness.

• The board approved the retirements of Karen Draper, Cynthia Hokenson, David Hokenson, Lisa Wand and Doug Carlson, as well as the resignation of Stef Bestor, thanking them for their many years of service to the district.

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