Category Archives: Education

Morony Park could be option for Children’s Museum in preliminary discussions

The Children’s Museum of Montana is still on the hunt for a new location. The museum is currently in a city owned building behind the Civic Center, a building the city intends to take over when the current five-year lease expires in 2023. In June, the museum asked the city to consider the possibility of using parkland for the new

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Business Bites: Pizazz expanding; Tracy’s opening soon; Kelley Aline and GFPS win awards; Title 17 revisions

Pizazz Expansion Pizazz is expanding into the former Fox’s jewelry space on the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street. The grand opening is scheduled for July 31. In the space, they’re opening a gourmet market, take-n-go deli, selling local and international foods and spices plus wine, beer, spirits, even a few beers on tap. “We are committed to being

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Oakland family donates $500k for career and technical education center equipment

A local family has donated $500,000 to Great Falls Public Schools for the purchase of new equipment in the automotive, welding and woodworking classrooms in the new career and technical education center at Great Falls High. During Monday’s school board meeting, Bob Oakland and his family were thanked for their donation and the board voted unanimously to put signage on

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AAUW collecting used books for annual sale

The Great Falls chapter of American Association of University Women is collecting used books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles for their 60th used book sale in October. The group will accept materials in good condition, but cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books, VCR tapes, records, discarded library books or magazines. They would appreciate donations in smaller boxes since they

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GFFR nearing paramedic staffing goal, eight firefighters almost finished with GFCMSU training

Great Falls Fire Rescue is nearing its goal for paramedic staffing. Last year, the department had 16 paramedics, allowing for one paramedic per shift per station, but only when no one is on vacation, sick or injured. “That’s critical mass for us,” Jeremy Jones told The Electric on his first official day as assistant chief for operations at GFFR in

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GFPS considering increased athletic fees to offset some budget shortages

Great Falls Public Schools is considering increases to the athletic participation fees in an effort to increase revenue to help offset general fund budget shortages. During the June 10 school board meeting, staff presented the proposal, which will come back for action during the June 24 meeting. Currently, for high school sports, the fee is $30 for the first sport,

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GFPS launching alternative to expulsion with grants

The Great Falls Public Schools district has received a grant through the Montana Board of Crime Control to create the Cooperative Alternative to Expulsion Project, or CAEP, as a way to create alternate pathways for students who find themselves in trouble with the law or school policy. Outgoing superintendent Tammy Lacey told the school board during their June 10 meeting

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Children’s Museum eyeing city parkland for new facility

The Children’s Museum of Montana has been looking for a new location and has approached the city about potentially using parkland to build a new museum site. During the June 10 Park and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, the museum’s director Sherrie Neff said “instead of just replacing what we’ve got,” they’re looking to create a new facility that meets the

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Chuck and Gerry Jennings are 2019 Paris Gibson Award winners

Chuck and Gerry Jennings are the 2019 Paris Gibson Award winners. The community activists were selected by members of the Paris Gibson Month Celebration Committee for their significant impact to the City, leadership for the community through volunteerism and actions for the betterment of the community exemplified by Paris Gibson, the founder of Great Falls, according to a release from

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