Sts. Peter and Paul School 7th and 8th grade class participated in the “Souper Bowl of Caring” last weekend. They collected this car full of food and $350 for the Camas Prairie Food Bank. They would like to thank the community for their generosity. “We were overwhelmed with kindness as we co…

KOOSKIA – Chaos and tension punctuate each video cut as two young men search and run through forests, something red spatters across a tree, and a shocking moment of discovery is made. Could it be the legendary Bigfoot, the Sasquatch?

    KAMIAH -- On Jan. 16, the Kamiah Joint School District 304 school board approved the recommendation by Superintendent Steve Higgins to run the maintenance and operations levy election for $500,000.

    GRANGEVILLE – A group of more than 45 people crowded into the Mountain View School District 244 district office meeting room Tuesday, Jan. 22, for the regular monthly board meeting.

      GRANGEVILLE – Auditions for the Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) talent show are set for Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:30 - 7 p.m. Sign up in the office. At least one person in the group must be a GEMS student. Other than that, anything goes.

        MOSCOW – Nearly 2,600 students qualified for the University of Idaho's Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To be included in the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester. The fall 2018 semester ended Dec. 14.

          GRANGEVILLE -- Join the Emperor, his friends and subjects, and the busy Silkworms this Friday, Feb. 8, when the Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Emperor’s New Clothes.

            BOISE – Boise State University recently released names of locals who made the fall honor roll. Included are the following:

              GRANGEVILLE -- An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes Monday, Feb. 4, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School multipurpose room from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Those auditioning should arrive at 3:15 and plan to stay for the full two hou…

                Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra outlined her vision for the future of Idaho’s public schools Thursday morning in her budget presentation to the Legislature’s Joint Finance- Appropriations Committee.

                GRANGEVILLE — Following a tension-filled board meeting and hour-long executive session Tuesday night, Jan. 22, the news was not favorable for Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marc Scheibe.

                Cornerstone Christian Learning Center students in Grangeville had a special visitor Jan. 2. Savannah Thanstrom is a junior in the nursing program at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. She spoke to all the kids, preschool through grade three, about washing their hands and healthy foods t…

                  LEWISTON - Lewis-Clark State College enjoyed a sharp increase in the number of students earning honors with a total of 950 earning either President’s List or Dean’s List status for the 2018 fall semester.

                  “The first mid-term report showed we are 59 students down,” chair Lot Smith said at the Dec. 17 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting that about 135 people attended. He explained this decrease in average daily attendance (ADA) would cost the district $615,000.

                  GRANGEVILLE — Following a lengthy discussion at the Dec. 17 board meeting, the Mountain View School District 244 board voted to hold the 2018-19 supplemental levy in May rather than March.

                  Parent Cody Farmer holds a piglet that Grangeville Elementary Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Anderson poises to kiss at the Thursday, Dec. 20, assembly. Students surpassed a school fund-raising goal through the PTO and were rewarded with the pig kiss. In addition, awards were given for positive behaviors throughout the semester.

                  KOOSKIA — “This will allow us to split the costs [between Kamiah and Clearwater Valley] more evenly,” explained Clearwater Valley High School Principal Adam Uptmor at the Nov. 19 Mountain View School District board meeting.

                  The Free Press received information Tuesday, Dec.18, that the Idaho Education Association filed two lawsuits against Mountain View School District 244. The suits were filed Dec. 6 and 7 on behalf of teachers in the Central Idaho Education Association and regard contract negotiations.

                  One of the standout items in the audit report was the school lunch fund which reflected a net operating balance of $149 in 2018 versus a loss of $10,247 in 2017.

                  A group of Mountain View School District 244 teachers implored the board to come together and discuss their contracts. This occurred at the Nov. 19 regular monthly meeting held in Kooskia. A meeting was not held in October. “Now that we’ve entered into the mediation stage, I don’t believe we can legally meet face to face,” board chair Lot Smith said.

                  The charges accused Hill of child abuse, cruelty and endangerment. The PSC panel of three heard the case, beginning at 9 a.m., and made the unanimous decision at 3:30 p.m. to dismiss all charges.

                  “As a new person coming into a leadership position,” she said, “one thing that leaders, that I think is a mistake, is they come in with all kinds of ideas on what to do next and how to move forward before they take the time to listen, to learn, to come to know the institution, the community and the people.”

                  The community seems to have settled into the four-day school week in Kamiah, though Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins said all the effects of the change cannot be known so early. “We’re only nine weeks into school, so it’s difficult to tell at this point how much impact the four-day week will have. We’ll have a better idea at the end of the year,” Higgins said

                  According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), 88 percent of people 25 years and older had at least graduated from high school, and 17 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. An estimated 12 percent did not complete high school.

                  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.

                  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.

                  Following an impasse at the bargaining table, Mountain View School District 244 teachers are working off last year’s contracts as of the start of school yesterday, Tuesday, April 21. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services mediator Darrell Clark met with the district’s bargaining team, school board members, superintendent and lawyer Thursday, Aug. 16.

                  Mountain View School District 244 patrons will have a nice little surprise come property tax time this year. The school board voted, at its Aug. 20 meeting in Kooskia, to return $426,802 on the spring levy amount of $3,090,048. This brings the levy down to the previous five years’ levy amounts of $2,663,246 per year.

                  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.

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