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Fillmore Central School Board: Baseball field upgrades progressing

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Education

PRESTON - Renovations for the Fillmore Central baseball fields are up and running, according to School Board member John Torgrimson. Torgrimson updated the board on the project at the regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Work has already begun on the field in Preston, where the varsity team will play. The field will get red lime, and new backstop and side fences will be installed this fall, as well as a new water line and sod. The Harmony field is ready for upgrading, but work there will be postponed until after the football season. Torgrimson added that the City of Harmony has agreed to assist with some landscaping at the Harmony field.

Fundraising has gone well, and the committee for the renovations currently has $30,000 for the project. They are confident that they can raise another $5,000 this fall, the amount budgeted for. There will be a fundraising breakfast October 15 at the Preston Servicemen's Club, where the varsity baseball players will work and serve breakfast. The committee is trying to get matching grants for the event. They are also working on getting a grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund for the construction of new dugouts in Preston. The hope is that the carpentry class can build them second semester.

Committee member Deb Ristau added that they would really like to thank all the people who have put their time and money into the project. Both Ristau and Torgrimson stated that there is a lot of enthusiasm from baseball players about the upcoming season and the new renovations.

Principal Reports

Elementary and Middle School Principal Brenda Lentz stated in her report that the new school year has started out well. The school is once again involved in the Cash Back program, which last year raised $600 for the district. Receipts from Apache Mall in Rochester can be placed in designated lockers there and money will be donated to the school. This year the money raised will go to the Elementary Library.

Lentz told the board about the Youth Frontiers Retreat that took place recently at the middle school. The group from Minneapolis came to the school and met with the students. The seventh and eighth graders had a Courage Retreat, and the fifth and sixth graders had a Kindness Retreat. Lentz stated that the retreats were very successful and they had received a lot of good feedback from students. The retreats were centered on character building, and issues such as gossiping and bullying were addressed, with very successful student interaction and involvement.

Lentz also mentioned that the school received a grant from CLIMB Theatre. This spring the group will work with students on character development as well, doing a play for the Pre-K through grade 6 group and grades 5-6. Grades 7-8 will do work in groups in the classrooms.

High School Principal Heath Olstad announced that the Open House Simulated Schedule on August 30 was very successful. Parents of high school students were able to learn about their child's schedule and their daily life at Fillmore Central.

Students will be involved in the Meals on Wheels program again for the third year this winter. Joy Johnson, who heads the program, asked the school two years ago to have students help deliver meals during the winter months. According to Olstad, the first year there were 6-7 kids involved, the second year it was 11-12, and this year there are 25 students signed up, with a backup waiting list.

"I'm very proud of the kids for doing this," stated Olstad.

Building Maintenance

Payments for the roofing project have been withheld until work is completed, according to Superintendent Myrna Luehmann. Some of the work still to be done has to wait until Phase 1 of the tuck pointing project is completed.

Health and Safety funds will be used to replace lighting fixtures in both the varsity and elementary gyms. Bids will be taken for the fixtures and the installation, which should be done before the basketball season. There will also be new garages built for the school vans, lawn and snow removal equipment at both the Harmony and Preston sites. They are currently collecting quotes for that project.

Other business

• Coaches for the winter sports were approved at the meeting. Heading up Boys Basketball will be Chris Mensink, and Keith Larson will be coaching B-squad. Tris Tollefson will coach 9th grade, Jason Schwartz 8th grade and Steve Lindstrom 7th grade. Tim Ostrom will head Girls Basketball, with Sarah Tollefson coaching B-squad. Eric Breitsprecher will coach 9th grade, Deb Ristau 8th grade, and 7th grade yet to be determined. In wrestling, Nate Carlson will head with Allen LaFleur and Bob Hanson assisting.

• Cori Larson presented the school board with a donation on behalf of the Fillmore Central Booster Club. She stated the club had raised $6,000 for the school and $1,500 for the baseball fields.

• The board adopted a proposed levy for 2006 payable in 2007 $1,105,745.30, the maximum amount allowed.

The October School Board meeting has been changed to Monday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the High School Media Center.

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