Fillmore Central School Board hears update on facilities projects

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At its regular October meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Fillmore Central School Board was updated on facilities projects being done around the school.

Superintendent Richard Keith noted the recent wet weather has proven to be an inhibiting factor for work on the baseball field, though Scheevel and Sons, the excavating company, is still making progress. He stated the parking lot is finished, but it is likely the school will have to relocate for baseball games in the spring. Keith did say, since the field at Lanesboro was fixed up last year, it is possible to have some games there.

Work on the football field continues, with plans to get as much of the dirt work completed before winter comes.

Both the playgrounds at the elementary site are completed. However, an additional load of wood chips was needed to finish both playgrounds. Plans are in place to install sandbox areas at both sites. The borders for the boxes have been ordered and Dean of Students Chris Mensink noted Dean Solberg has offered to donate the sand.

In Harmony, the school has been working towards purchasing a house located across from the high school. Trees have been removed from the lot, but asbestos was found in some of the flooring, roofing and caulking. Keith stated arrangements have been made to remove the asbestos before the house can be razed. Currently, the plan is to fill in and level the lot before the winter.

The high school office, lunchroom and media center reconfiguration did not receive the state safety grant funding. However, the school will be proceeding with that project next summer. The new cafeteria would relocate to where the media center is currently and its setting should be able to have nicer seating options.

Keith also informed the Board the school is not planning to advertise for bids for snow removal this year. In the past two winters, the school has spent just under $10,000 each winter. Keith noted he thinks the school has the right kind of equipment to remove the snow between the two sites. The school has advertised for on-call snow removal help to be paid at the beginning custodial rate.


Principal Heath Olstad reported that interested juniors attended a college fair in Rochester on Oct. 4 and a group attended the Mayo Clinic Health Fair on Oct. 9. The PSAT test was given on Oct. 10, and 20 juniors chose to take it.

Several representatives from RCTC and Winona State gave a presentation on financial aid and their colleges to interested seniors and parents earlier this month. About 10 seniors’ families attended the meeting.

Red Ribbon Week was held during the week of Oct. 22 to Oct. 26. SADD members from the high school led activities with the elementary students.

The seventh grade students attended a three-day/two night experience at Eagle Bluff on Oct. 29 to 31.

Parent/teacher conferences will be on Nov. 8 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Fillmore County Deputy Jessy Betts will be at the school on Nov. 9 to perform ALICE training with the high school staff. He will return another day for training with the elementary staff.

The Falcon Scholar Club Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 9:10 a.m. in the main gym.

Dean of Students Chris Mensink also reported to the board. The One and Done Fundraiser was a great success again this year, with profits being somewhere between $10,000 to $12,000 to go toward school activities.

Vision and hearing rescreening was smoothly completed on Oct. 9.

Last year the first graders were invited to visit the Harmony nursing home and Park Lane residents for a costume party and had fun doing it. They were scheduled to once again visit the homes for the costume party on Oct. 31.

This year both the football and volleyball teams earned a fifth-place seed in the district. Dance started on Monday, Oct. 22.

Upcoming events are honor band and choir concert on Nov. 5 and the end of first quarter on Nov. 6. The K-6 book fair will be from Nov. 1 to 8 in the elementary library. Nov. 12 is the Veteran’s Day program.


Kim Underbakke resigned as a paraprofessional and Paul Snell resigned as assistant wrestling coach. Both were approved by the board.

The board hired Sandi Lange as a paraprofessional at the elementary school as well as several coaches. Brady O’Connor will coach junior varsity boys basketball, Jason Schwarz will coach ninth grade girls basketball and Chad Musel will coach seventh grade boys basketball. Ashley Himli will be the dance assistant and Vicki Musel will be the dance volunteer. Blaise Sass will be the assistant wrestling coach, changing from volunteer.

The board approved a family medical leave for Heidi Brown.

Other business

Two donations were accepted, one from the staff at First Southeast Bank for $385 to be used in support of the Milk Break program and Scheevel & Sons for labor and equipment costs for the installation of the flag pole at the high school football field.

An open enrollment request for a student from Mabel-Canton to attend Fillmore Central was granted.

The board also approved the certified teacher seniority list and notice of general election.

Finally, the board set a meeting to canvass and certify election results for 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, in Preston.