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MVSD board OKs pay increases for admin, non-certs

Only the three trustees – Smith, Lutz and Dominguez – were present at the meeting held at Clearwater Valley High School. The three voted unanimously to give a 2 percent increase to administrators and a 5 percent increase to non-certified employees.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Elk City Library topic of discussion for board

At the Aug. 20 MVSD 244 board meeting, discussion continued about the Elk City Library. District librarian Lynn Johnson let the board know Elk City Library is part of the ValNet consortium which the district pays a $13,000 annual fee to be part of.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Budget: MVSD OKs $20M for FY2019

Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 18 meeting to accept a 2018-19 proposed budget of $20,275,266, which includes all funds. The budget includes the general maintenance and operation (M&O) fund ($13,225,221) along with all other funds ($7,050,045) as was listed in a June issue of the Free Press under “notices.” The 2017-18 budget for all funds was approximately $22 million.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

‘It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be’ - 14 school personnel from region take firearm training course

Fourteen school personnel, 11 from MVSD and three from Salmon River, recently took a firearms safety and training course. The end result, — the school board hoped as they were finalizing the policy — was to place specific educators/staff with firearms on their person or be privy to a classified place and code where a firearm was hidden, thus being able to protect students if needed.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD board disagrees on public input session

“Are you going to say the Pledge of Allegiance?” patron John Warford of Grangeville asked as soon as the June 18 Mountain View School District board meeting was called to order. “Please, just give us a minute,” chairman Mike Dominguez of Kooskia said to Warford. Following this, Dominguez asked the audience to stand for the pledge.

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD 242 patron questions employee involvement in March 14 GHS walkout

“OK – I have some concerns about the walkout that happened at Grangeville High School [March 14],” he said. “As a taxpayer, I have concerns about paid employees of the school district being involved in this. I know it was just a walk around the school, but as their employer, I want to know what the ramifications are of this?”

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD board prepares to begin negotiations with teachers’ union

“I would suggest hiring a third party for negotiations. Last year, it was hard on me – it beat me up,” chair Mike Dominguez, Kooskia, told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 16 meeting. The teachers’ union had formally requested negotiations begin for the 2018-19 school year.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


KJSD 304 levy money will be used for ‘very specific needs’ ; SRS funds will help with end-of-year deficit

Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins knows the old parable is true: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. “I am not counting on any extra money until I see it,” he said. Though SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds were reauthorized by President Trump March 23 – which will mean about $200,000-plus to KSD 304 this school year – Higgins said this will not affect the Kamiah levy passed March 13.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Funds will help MVSD 244 with maintenance of schools

Recent reauthorization of SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds do not have Mountain View School District 244 rolling in the dough. “This will help do the things we need to for the maintenance of our schools,” said superintendent Marc Scheibe.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


‘Where are we?’ on school safety; administrators talk to status, needs for MVSD

While funding and levies are at the forefront of local educators’ minds, thoughts also often cross over to school safety. This was no different at the Feb. 26 Mountain View School District 244 regular board meeting in Kooskia. “In light of the recent Florida shooting, what’s your status – where are we and what do you need?” board vice-chair Lot Smith of Grangeville asked administrators.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


CV organization gains momentum to support schools

“That first year we drew about 65 people and raised $3,500,” Drake said. “By the second year, we had 135 people attend and made about $9,500.” Drake said, “the momentum is strong, and we definitely feel like we are headed in the right direction.” VEST Fest 3 is set for Saturday, March 10, at the Kooskia Community Hall.

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah 304 to ask patrons for $500k in March levy vote

Kamiah Joint School District 304 will try again for a levy come March 13. “I think we’re ready; I think we’re in a good place,” said superintendent Steve Higgins. JSD 304 will ask patrons to pass a $500,000 maintenance and operations levy March 13.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD board ponders levy

“If it comes down to it, we will have to look at [cutting] extracurriculars,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez stated.” As much as it hurts me to say that – I have kids who are very involved in athletics. But we’re here to educate children, not make athletes out of them.” Dominguez, of Kooskia, spoke to the board at its regular meeting Dec. 18.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD gets positive audit report at meeting

“Overall, it’s a very positive report,” said CPA Tom Luper of Presnell and Gage Accounting, PLLC, Lewiston, at the Nov. 20 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD 244 to seek legal resolution to gym floor finishes

Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors have been an ongoing program for more than the past year. The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. In September 2016, then-superintendent Kent Stokes reported the MVSD 244 staff did not have good results. “The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19, 2016, regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD seeks to partner with patrons for budget solution

“It’s like losing your job and then trying to figure out, ‘OK, what do we do now?’” said Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244 superintendent Marc Scheibe. Scheibe, along with school district business manager Becky Hogg, and director of special programs and curriculum Cody Weddle, met last week to visit about the district’s budget for 2018-19 as well as future years.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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