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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 changed.    “That was a long time in coming,” Trustee Caryl Cox commented.  In other business Polson School Nurses Milly Nesladek and Amy Knutson gave a quick report of their year.  Nesladek commented on the busy year, with “the big happening” being the H1N1 virus, which resulted in an absentee rate of approximately 40 percent in Octob...

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...

Polson High School seniors celebrate commencement

POLSON — Linderman Gym was packed to the rafters with parents, grandparents and family who came to support their graduates on June 5. Polson High School’s Class of 2010 marched into the gym wearing purple and black robes. Besides a slide show of the graduates, the crowd was treated to performa...

SKC holds pinning ceremony for nursing grads

Salish Kootenai College’s 19th crop of nurses held their pinning ceremony on June 4 at 4 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Health and Physical Education Center.  Chief Cliff Singers played the drum processional. Dr. Darryl Tonemah, Director of the Health Promotion Program at the University of Oklahoma C...

Taking off

ST. IGNATIUS — Not many people can say their high school commencement speech began with a song and dance, but that’s how Karen Kleinklaus kicked off her farewell address to Mission High School’s class of 2010.  Although she joked that she hadn’t done public speaking “sin...

RMS students learn leadership, communication skills

 RONAN — In a spirit of community service, the students at the Ronan Middle School found themselves out of the classroom and in the field, participating in a wide array of community-based activities May 26. The event was called One Book, One Community, and for the eighth year in a row, RMS student...

Rendezvous offers RMS students a taste of history

After a day dedicated to the development of future community members, the Ronan Middle School seventh and eighth graders spent Thursday at Kicking Horse Reservoir for the 23rd annual Rendezvous.  From horse-shoeing to tomahawk throwing, RMS students got a glimpse of what skills were inherent to their...

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