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To “B” or not to “B”

• Why is Ronan thinking about moving to Class B? Ronan High School currently has an enrollment of 317 students, well under the 340 student cutoff that is the currently the bottom end of Class A schools. • What are the enrollment numbers for the classes of schools in Montana? The current breakdown for high school classification in Montana is as follows: Class AA - 826 and above; Class A - 340-825; Class B - 120-339; Class C - 1-119. • How long will we be in Class B if we move? The classification of schools are recalculated every two years based on enrollment numbers.  • What happens if we drop down and enrollment goes up? Any school that exceeds the maximum ...


A district divided

RONAN — The Ronan school board will face a tough decision Monday as they must decide if the school will remain in Class A for the next two years or petition to make the move to Class B. Ronan will have to make the decision of whether or not to make the move down in classification after a steady drop...


Streetscape Q & A

Streetscape committee member Becky Dupuis provided answers to some frequently asked questions about Streetscape. Q: Why is there exposed gravel in the “bump out” areas at the intersection corners? • The gravel areas have been prepared for landscaping in the spring. • The contractor...


Streetscape nears completion

POLSON — The finishing touches, such as landscaping and pouring the last of the concrete for sidewalks, are being applied to Polson’s Main Street to complete the streetscape project before Friday’s big block party this Friday, Nov. 5, when Main Street will open for pedestrian traffic. As...


Commissioner gathers suggestions for improving higher education system

PABLO — Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns and Board of Regents Chair Clayton Christian visited Salish Kootenai College on Sterns’ tour around the state. Dubbed a listening tour, the session was designed to allow people to voice concerns and offer suggestions for improvement about th...


Doyle edges Kendley for win in sheriff's race

The voters have spoken, and what was likely the most hotly contested race for sheriff in Lake County's history is over. According to unofficial results, Republican Joy Doyle defeated Independent Steve Kendley by fewer than 300 votes in the first Lake County Sheriff's race with three candidates since 1994....


Qwest grant to help with purchase of web design tools

RONAN — With the help of the Qwest Foundation, Ronan High School is preparing its multi-media class to build websites for local organizations and businesses that couldn’t otherwise afford a graphic designer.  On Oct. 19 the Qwest Montana president David Gibson and Montana First Lady Nancy...


Ag class dives into digestion

RONAN — Ghoulish decorations of guts and gore haunted many Ronan corners over Halloween weekend, but for Ronan High School’s advanced agricultural class, guts and gore were nothing out of the ordinary.  In their study of animal science on Wednesday, teacher Emory Wilson and his class part...


Streetscape celebration planned

POLSON — To celebrate the re-opening of Main Street and near completion of the streetscape project, the Polson Business Community is throwing a block party and inviting the whole community. Community members are encouraged to come see what Main Street looks like following the many improvements made ...


Ronan schools race to stay drug free

RONAN — With more than 250 Ronan students running 2.5 miles to the Ronan Middle School and High School on the last day of Red Ribbon Week, the school’s message was clear — staying active is a good way to remain drug free and healthy. “I think they had fun,” organizer Shelly B...


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