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‘No’ to MVSD school bus in Kamiah

GRANGEVILLE – What was expected to be a mere formality has become a change in the bus route for a Mountain View School District 244 driver.

MVSD busses have been driving in to Kamiah Joint School District 304 and picking up MVSD kids at Davis Communications’ parking lot area.

“Usually, school districts work together and there isn’t a problem,” said Marc Scheibe, MVSD superintendent.

That wasn’t the case this time, as MVSD board chair Mike Dominguez, Kooskia, got word last week that Kamiah’s board denied the request to continue crossing into their district to pick up students.

“[Superintendent] Steve Higgins called and said the board voted no,” Dominguez said. “They do not want us coming in to transport Kamiah students to Clearwater Valley.”

Idaho has open enrollment and students can apply to attend school in districts together than those they reside in. Boards vote on acceptance.

Scheibe said a large state-owned pullout exists where the bus will now make pickups and deliveries.

“My first three weeks here have been fantastic – busy, but fantastic,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marc Scheibe. He addressed the board at the regular meeting Aug. 21.

Scheibe gave an update on several areas including:

*Grangeville Elementary Middle Schools’ new parking areas: Work on these lots, purchased adjacent to the school, will begin soon and will be ready for parking by mid-to-late October.

*”I visited Elk City School and what a great facility,” Scheibe said. “I wish we had 50 students instead of five.”

Scheibe said Chartwells Food Service will work with couriers and those who travel regularly to Elk City to provide meals for students there.

“Last year with 10 students, the school district was in the red $2,035.12 for meal service in Elk City,” he said. Projection for this year —with adjustments and not re-hiring a cook — would be about $155 in the red. “We will bring the food up on Mondays for now and see how this works.”

*Grants from the Nez Perce Tribe were received for the following: Clearwater Valley Elementary School - $20,000 to help pay for a school counselor; and Grangeville and Clearwater Valley high schools, $5,000 each to assist in replacing outdoor bleachers.

“We appreciate their investment in our schools,” Scheibe emphasized.

*GEMS did not re-hire an extra 2/3 teaching positions and instead decided to divide those kids up between other 2/3 teachers, making some multi-grade classes be about 25 in number.

*Parking lots at CVHS and GHS each have soft spots where the asphalt is cracking. Scheibe said Knife River is aware of this and will be repairing their work.

*Scheibe emphasized the need for the board to be seeking alternate and additional funding sources as SRS money has not been renewed.

“I will be exploring and also advocating for those [forest] funds, but we need to be planning on how to deal with the more than $1 million loss,” he said.

Administrator Reports:

• New GHS Principal Randall Miskin reported there are six new teachers at GHS, and enrollment numbers look to be comparable to the past couple of years.

Also, a girls soccer team will be fielded for the first time.

“Some girls who were not able to play volleyball [due to cuts] went out for soccer and cheerleading, so there have been other opportunities for them,” he said.

• Director of curriculum and supervision Cody Weddle reported the district’s special education programs were audited and received 28/28 points for 100 percent.

“We have also received out ELA [English/Language Arts] curriculum for grades 6-12, so there will be a lot of happy English teachers,” he said.

• New CVHS principal Adam Uptmor reported the school has two foreign exchange students, one from France and one from Germany. In addition, about 20 kids each went out for football and volleyball.

• CVES Principal Susan Hill reported enrollment is up about 212 kids.

“We have hired a counselor with about 25 years’ experience, so we feel she will be an asset,” she said.

*GEMS Principal Dr. Susan Anderson reported 14 new staff members at GHS as well as 40 new student registrations so far.

“There’s so much new energy – it’s exciting,” she said.

• District librarian Lynn Johnson reported on her national fellowship and summer travels associated with it.

She explained one thing she is doing this year is looking at the school libraries as more of technology hubs. She will be conducting surveys with students and teachers to see what is needed and expected of the libraries.

Dominguez made note of the work completed by MVSD maintenance staff this summer.

“The paint is amazing, and the buildings look phenomenal,” he said. “I cannot say enough what an impression this makes. It shows a lot of pride.”


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