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PHS names new principal

POLSON — Rob Hankins, the new Polson High School principal, decided he wanted to be a teacher when he was a senior in high school, sitting in government class. Hankins had a good relationship with his government teacher and saw that the teacher could be with kids all day, coach and make a difference. “From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Hankins said. He got his degrees from the University of Montana — Western and taught math for six years before getting his administrative degree from the University of Montana. The Hankins family, Amie and Rob, Dyllan, 8, Katelyn, 5, and Leyton, 4, love Polson. “The kids are excited to be here . . ....

Charlo trustees vote against secondary insurance

CHARLO — At a school board meeting on Tuesday, the Charlo School Board voted not to re-subscribe to their secondary insurance Northwestern Scholastic Insurers.  “I just think it’s a waste of money,” Charlo Trustee Duane Weible said.  The unanimous vote was prompted by ...

Student athletes should start scholarship process early

POLSON — Like most parents with kids competing in athletics, Wendi Giles thought her kid was really good. As Shad Giles started his senior season on the Polson tennis team, Wendi really felt like he was playing well enough to earn a college scholarship and decided to do something about it.  ...

Romero named Ronan’s newest trustee

RONAN — The Ronan School Board appointed Roger Romero as the board’s newest trustee at a school board meeting on Monday. Romero takes the place of former trustee Jim Blow, who also served as the board’s vice chairperson. “The role of a board member is to really be the voice of t...

Adequate Yearly Progress poses challenge for schools

POLSON — School districts in Lake County are not all making the grade when it comes to meeting the standards for Adequate Yearly Progress, and new data indicate school districts continue to face challenges. According to the Office of Public Instruction in Helena, data coming out for the 2009-2010 sc...

Construction continues as Mission students head back to school

ST. IGNATIUS — With only three weeks to go before school starts Aug. 26, construction workers are putting the pedal to the metal to finish the St. Ignatius School’s new lunchroom, among other projects. Aug. 20 was the scheduled completion date for the elementary school renovation, including a ...

SKC nursing program continues to expand

PABLO — Mary Racine has always wanted to be a nurse, at least since age 11.  “I practically grew up in a hospital,” she jokes, half serious.  A native of Browning, Racine explained that many of her family members were diagnosed with cancer. As a young girl, she spent plenty ...

New superintendent takes reins in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — On a peaceful summer morning in St. Ignatius, the school grounds are largely deserted. No students roam the halls; no bells signal the start of classes. Only a few staff members are at their desks, but the peaceful atmosphere does anything but quiet Bob Lewandowski’s enthusiasm for...

Charlo accepts school handbook, activity fees

 CHARLO — At their board meeting on July 20, the Charlo School Board decided to leave the cell phone policy unchanged. School administrators originally decided to amend the cell phone policy to include specific punishments for students caught with their cell phone on the school’s premises...

Area schools could soon feel pain of state budget cuts

A school without extracurricular activities or a fulltime kindergarten and with faculty reductions seems improbable. Students in overcrowded classrooms with limited access to art and music programs, schools with no middle school sports, and teachers overburdened with larger classes also paint a bleak picture...

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