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School board proposes track additions

RONAN — On Monday the Ronan School Board voted to approve the construction of several track and field additions to the new track, field and football field complex.  Superintendent Andy Holmlund explained that he has received two bids for the track event additions, which include additional shot put runs, jump runways, pits and pole vaulting area. Holmlund said that both bids were under $30,000 and other accessories such as storage will cost the district between $25,000 and $30,000.  The school board also approved moving the 5th grade class to the Ronan Middle School for the 2011-2012 school year. “I’m not overly excited to have the 5th graders move to ...


Technology camp provides fun, summer education

RONAN — Summer camps for most kids don’t make the cut without a lake, sports or arts and crafts. But for a few Ronan middle school students, getting wrapped up in computer programs, the construction of toothpick bridges and stop animation was an excellent way to spend a week of summer afternoo...


SKC, University of Montana offer master’s degree program

PABLO — A new master’s partnership with a special education endorsement is available for Native American students in education at Salish Kootenai College.  Dr. Merle Farrier, Ed.d., is coordinating the program through the University of Montana. Students must apply and be accepted for t...


Polson Rotary Club donates to Riverside Park

POLSON — Kids at Riverside Park will be playing on a safer surface thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Polson Rotary Club.  Polson Parks Department head Karen Sargeant said a 12-inch layer of processed wood fiber material will replace the existing sand in the playground. Concrete curbing will...


Charlo Art Camp fuses creativity, science

CHARLO — For ten years Charlo has provided a little structure and summer fun for local students in the form of an art camp. And this year’s camp was more popular than ever with 79 kids participating in the creative event.  “I had kids in school and it was just a fun idea for a su...


District ratifies negotiated employee contracts

POLSON — At the Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on June 21, board members reported the Polson Classified Education Association 2009-2010 contract was ratified. Employees received a two-percent increase in salary with increases in insurance capped at this year’s rate and some language was ...


Local teacher honored for innovative methods

 ST. IGNATIUS — John Fleming has held many titles — history teacher, state legislator, coach, father, husband, volunteer firefighter and Army veteran, to name a few — and he recently received one more to add to the list. Fleming was named the winner of the 21st Montana Statehood Centen...


PEA fetes retiring teachers

POLSON — Polson School District #23 lost over 150 years of combined teaching wisdom and expertise when six long-term teachers retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. The teachers are: Mary Davis, 36 years, Carolyn Hall, 15 years, Janis Jette, 25 years, Karl Tait, 35 years, Paul Torgison, 22 ye...


School board to request opinion of attorney general

RONAN — Following a lengthy and contentious discussion on Monday, the Ronan School board approved the motion to forward a draft letter to the Lake County Attorney, requesting the Montana attorney general’s opinion on the doctrine of incompatible offices in regards to Gale Decker. Decker serves...


SKC graduates receive diplomas Saturday

PABLO — The graduates at Salish and Kootenai College on Saturday morning were not your ordinary run-of-the-mill graduating class of Lake County.  Donning shawls and regalia instead of caps and gowns, the proud graduates entered the Joe McDonald gymnasium following elders Octave Finley and Linda...


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