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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Eidenschinck, Boe and Peterson leave Rushford-Peterson school board


Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Education

Three outgoing members of the R-P school board ended their term at the meeting last Monday, December 18 with a relatively tame meeting.

David Boe, Chuck Eidenschinck and Jon Peterson have served the district since 2002. Boe was absent from the December meeting due to flu. Eidenschinck and Peterson received plaques of appreciation and thanks from the board and Superintendent Jeff Miller.

Miller officially thanked the three, especially for their serving during a time of "catastrophic cuts" several years ago.

Jon Peterson made his final motion with a smile when he moved to adjourn the meeting.

Eidenschinck served on the Peterson school board for twelve years in the 1980's and early 1990's, pre-consolidation.

When asked after the meeting what he felt was the board's biggest accomplishment in recent years, Eidenschinck cited the difficult decisions and negotiations of four years ago when the district was deeply in debt. He doesn't take credit himself, but is quick to compliment Boe, who he called, "pretty sharp."

"He (Boe) was instrumental in negotiations," Eidenschinck said. "He worked well with the staff."

Eidenschinck credits Boe with getting both sides, school board and staff, to work together to get the district out of financial trouble.

Newly elected members Greg Smith, Eric Thompson and Daniel Munson will begin service in January. When asked whether he had any advice for new members, Eidenschinck said they should, "pay attention."

"Listen to the taxpayers," he advised. "Learn what can and can't be done."

Eidenschinck said his biggest concern remains the school property near the football field. In the debate over whether that site would be a good building site for a school, Eidenschinck is firmly in the "no" camp, and is happy to have had a part in at least keeping the discussion going by asking questions.

Like other members, Eidenschinck expresses dissatisfaction with the way the state deals with education. Specifically, he wishes the state of Minnesota would negotiate contracts with all teachers, rather than leaving that job up to district boards. In small communities especially, this practice forces board members to sometimes "do battle with our best friends," according to Eidenschinck. The argument for "local control" is overrated, he says.

Eidenschinck admits there have been some challenges in being a school board member, but believes that, if it were possible, serving on the school board is something "everyone should experience."

Other Business

In addition to handing out thanks, the board:

• held its annual Truth in Taxation meeting (no citizens attended)

• certified the 2006, payable 2007, local levy

• read the annual update to the required Crisis Management Policy

• changed January and February meetings to Tuesdays (Jan. 16 and Feb. 20) due to holidays.

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