Despite a year of COVID-related disappointments and no one to play for a Friday night football game, Grangeville High School students made the best of it with a week of fun activities including the homecoming parade in the sun held Friday, Oct. 9. Here, students ride by Idaho Street where el…

    GRANGEVILLE — A couple of goals by Naomi Connolley and a long shot high under the bar by Mia Rioux sealed a first-round district tournament bye for the GHS soccer girls, who beat Bonners Ferry 3-1 last Friday, Oct. 9, and who will play Timberlake at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Coeur d’Alene C…

      Grangeville Elementary Middle School kindergarten through third-grade students participated in the GEMS Jogathon Friday, Oct. 9. The perfect fall day had temperatures in the mid-70s and students ran through bubbles to fulfill their pledges. In conjunction with the 4-8 color run, GEMS PTI and…

      Prairie Junior Senior High School celebrated homecoming the week of Sept. 21., and fourth grader Sam Rehder got into the action. The son of Chris and Amanda Rehder, Sam dressed up as Principal Rehder, complete with detention list. “Sam is my cousins Chris’s son,” Jon laughed. “I thought it w…

        GRANGEVILLE -- Grangeville High School will be hosting a financial aid night on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the GHS library, 6 p.m. Michelle McClure from LCSC will be giving a generic presentation on the different types of financial aid and how to fill out the forms regardless of where the studen…

        ELK CITY – “I want to say this is a great team to work with, one that wants the very best outcome for this school,” Dennis Kachelmier said at the Sept. 21 board meeting held at Elk City School (ECS).

        RIGGINS – “The entire audit went very well, with invoice and compliance measures all checking out as they should,” Dan Coleman told the Salmon River Joint School District 243 board Monday night, Sept. 21.

          The Grangeville FFA Alumni chapter reconvened, after a COVID hiatus, on Sept. 8. President Earl Musick called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. in the GHS ag classroom. Eleven members were present. Julia McCarthy presented the secretary’s report from the March 2 meeting, and Brenda Heckman p…

          RIGGINS – Salmon River Joint School District 244 told patrons in a Sept. 16 letter that one of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19.

          GRANGEVILLE – Parents in Mountain View School District 244 learned COVID-19 was present at Grangeville High School when they received an e-mailed letter Sept. 10.

          GRANGVILLE – The first day of school, Sept 2, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) seemed like most any other in the past decade.

          KOOSKIA – Some state and federal money through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) looks to be available for Mountain View School District 244, superintendent Todd Fiske stated at the Aug. 17 trustee meeting.

          COTTONWOOD – “Remember to thank all those people who made this year’s fair happen – it was a lot of work,” Grangeville High School FFA advisor and agricultural sciences teacher Katie Mosman Wilson said at the Idaho County Fair Aug. 21. “We are grateful to our amazing and supportive community.”

            LEWISTON – The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, hosted at Lewis-Clark State College, has received permission to expand into Grangeville this fall, Traci Birdsell, senior director of the Educational Opportunity Grants Program at LC State, has announced.

            The Mountain View School Board trustees have received numerous e-mails from staff and patrons regarding our current budget dilemma. I appreciate those who are taking the time to both make suggestions as to cuts, and to tell us how proposed cuts would affect them, whether financially or in re…

              Parent meeting and sign-ups for middle school girls basketball will be Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. in the community room at GEMS. All incoming seventh graders and eighth graders are welcome. Incoming seventh graders must have a physical. The first practice will be Sept. 1, 3:30-5 p.m. at the GEMS big …

                Across the district that includes schools big and small, from as far north as Potlatch to as far south as Grangeville, there are usually more than 40 football officials signed up to work games of all ages, junior high through varsity. Usually, a few weeks before the first games are played, t…

                KOOSKIA – Following more than an hour in executive session Monday, Aug. 17, the Mountain View School District 244 board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to not fund any employee dependent insurance premiums and stick with the same salary schedule and 188-day contract as…

                GRANGEVILLE -- On Aug. 5, Idaho Business for Education (IBE) held Close the Divide Day to collect computers for students who don’t have them and may find themselves in a remote-learning environment during the 2020-21 school year.

                GRANGEVILLE – A rally to support teachers and staff in Mountain View School District 244 (MVSD) drew more than 120 people to the district office parking lot Monday evening, Aug. 10. The gathering was organized by Central Idaho Education Association (CIEA) and brought in community members and…

                  Syringa Hospital & Clinics is offering sports physicals free by appointment at the primary care clinic in Grangeville, 208-983-8590, or at the Kooskia clinic, 208-926-4776. These physicals are free and 100 percent of any donation goes directly to the school of choice. Forms are to be sig…

                  GRANGEVILLE -- After many hours of bantering and questioning numbers during the past week, it was clear Monday night, Aug. 3, that no agreements were going to be made.

                  GRANGEVILLE – What will fall school reopening look like in Mountain View School District 244? That’s something new superintendent Todd Fiske has been spending a great deal of his time working on, he said, with assistance from other district personnel and input from the board.

                  GRANGEVILLE – “We would like to call for a forensic audit of Mountain View School District 244, from an independent third party,” said Central Idaho Education Association (CIEA) president and Clearwater Valley teacher, Char McKinney, at the July 22 district negotiations meeting.

                  KAMIAH -- A special board meeting of Kamiah Joint School District 304 will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Kamiah High School Library. The purpose of the meeting is to present the draft Return to Learn plan to the school board trustees, according to Kamiah School Sup…

                  GRANGEVILLE – “The whole process is very complicated,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent, Todd Fiske, told the board Monday, July 20.

                  Having bagged sports early this spring due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Idaho High School Activities Association released sport-by-sport guidance last week for schools to follow as educators and administrators across North Central Idaho, the state and much of the country work toward deci…

                  GRANGEVILLE – Negotiations for Mountain View School District 244 teachers for the 2020-21 school year ended at a standstill July 9.

                  GRANGEVILLE – “I believe we should run the levy again for a smaller amount; be very specific on what the levy would support,” Char McKinney spoke via Zoom at the June 15 Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244 board meeting.

                  GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously Monday night, June 15, to declare a financial state of emergency for the district.

                    Four graduating seniors from three area high schools’ class of 2020 received scholarships of $2,000 each at commencement ceremonies within the past weeks from Idaho County Farm Bureau Organization to further their education. The following students who received the highest scores on a test gi…

                      In last week’s Free Press (June 4 issue), page 1 reported an incorrect result in the levy vote for Mt. View School District 244.

                        GRANGEVILLE – Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School recently named its honor roll recipients for its 2020 spring semester. An * denotes all As. Students on the honor roll are as follows:

                        GRANGEVILLE – “I was first hired part-time, and I decided to do it until I found something better,” Mountain View School District 244 bus driver, Tom Roy, of Stites, told the board at the May 18 meeting. “I never found anything better!”

                        Businesses, individuals, family, friends, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department, Idaho County and Grangeville law enforcement officers, churches and organizations all came together Friday, May 22, to honor Grangeville High School class of 2020 graduates. GHS seniors and their families ma…

                        St. John Bosco (formerly Summit Academy) in Cottonwood held its graduation ceremony May 23 in Greencreek with a Mass for families. Erin Chmelik, Alexis Currier, Jessie Sonnen and David Wassmuth are the class of 2020 graduates.

                          The Idaho High School Activities Association named Clearwater Valley’s Martha Smith the IHSAA’s 2020 1A Interscholastic Star, which is an award recognizing her for exemplifying “the best qualities of students who are involved in high school activities.” Along with the award, the IHSAA will s…

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