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Polson school district scrambles to hire bus drivers Polson school district scrambles to hire bus drivers

News from Polson School District No. 23 POLSON — The Polson School District recently purchased three Van Hool coaches to add to their bus fleet but lacks the drivers to drive them. The district is struggling to hire enough drivers to transport students.  “Students must get to school and events but we don’t have enough drivers,” said Mike Anderson, Transportation Director. “We can adjust the scheduled times a little, but we don’t have room to consolidate routes, and because this shortage is industry-wide, we can’t look to charter companies for help,” Anderson said. The district is currently operating at a 30% driver deficit this...

Arlee teacher among four state finalists

News from the Montana Office of Public Instruction HELENA — State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 Montana Teacher of the Year. The selected candidate will go on to represent Montana in the 2022 National Teacher of the Year competition in Washington, D...

K. William Harvey School locked down Sept. 2 during mini motorcycle incident

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office RONAN — On Sept. 2, 2021, at about 2:15 p.m., there was a brief lockdown placed on K. William Harvey Elementary School in Ronan. This was as a result of an incident involving a low-speed pursuit by officers of a man riding a miniature motorcycle car...

Polson School District welcomes new superintendent Polson School District welcomes new superintendent

“How do you not fall in love with Polson, Montana?” asks Mike Cutler, the community’s new school superintendent. “To me, it’s one of those jobs, those school districts, those communities – no other can compete.”  Cutler was hired in February to replace interi...

Polson School District shares plan to remain in phase 3 status

POLSON — As the school year nears,  Polson School District officials continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in our country and specifically within Lake County.  We are committed to full-time, in-person instruction, activity participation, and parent engagement in our schools. We look...

Montana schools set to receive $127M+ in funding

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. Senate — Montana schools are set to receive more than $127 million in critical funding to help reopen safely in the fall and get students back on track, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today. The $127,339,745 is the second tranche of Elementary and ...

MSU ecologists outline methods for reaching global biodiversity targets

MONTANA — Nature is, in many ways, hard to measure, yet researchers have spent decades searching for ways to best quantify its health and create benchmarks for conservation. Now, an international team led by Montana State University ecologist Andrew Hansen hopes to help the more than 150 countries in t...

CSKT chairwoman wants system of accountability in education

News from ACLU Montana The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Montana, and the Native American Rights Fund filed a class-action lawsuit last week on behalf of five Indian nations and 18 individual plaintiffs challenging the state of Montana’s failure to fulfill its constitutional mandate ...

Polson educator receives scholarship

By Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service MONTANA — Fifteen educators who work in Montana and Alaska have been selected to receive scholarships that will help them complete a Montana State University library media certificate program infused with Indigenous perspectives. In Polson, Francy Moll received t...

$3.9M devoted to bridge digital divide in schools

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the state will devote $3.9 million in ARPA funds to bridge the technology divide and expand learning opportunities for students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. “We’re committ...

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