Category Archives: Education

GFPS planning in-person graduation ceremonies; mask requirement remains

Great Falls Public Schools is planning in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. All of the ceremonies are planned for the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Area at Montana Expo Park. Paris Gibson Education Center will have its ceremony at 2 p.m. May 30; Great Falls High School will be at 5 p.m. May 30; and C.M. Russell

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Feds deny Montana’s standardized testing waiver request

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press The U.S. Department of Education has denied Montana’s request to cancel standardized testing for public school students this year. In a letter received Tuesday by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, the agency stated that Montana had not made a compelling argument for how its request would advance student academic achievement or how the state

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Erdmann selected as next dean for GFCMSU

Stephanie Erdmann has been selected as the new dean and CEO for Great Falls College MSU. The appointment was announced April 1 by Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian and Montana State University President Waded Cruzado. “Dr. Erdmann brings more than 20 years of experience to the position with a dedication to student success and collaborating with business and industry

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Search narrows to two candidates for GFCMSU dean

Two finalists have been selected for consideration to replace Susan Wolff, who is retiring as the dean/chief executive officer of Great Falls College MSU when she retires June 30. The search committee has selected Stephanie Erdmann and Chato Hazelbaker for community interviews and open forums March 29-30. The committee is also making electronic surveys available to gather public input for

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No GFPS levy on the May ballot

The Great Falls Public Schools full board voted unanimously during their March 22 meeting to forgo a levy this year. No members of the public commented during the meeting. There was no board discussion on the action, other than Trustee Gordon Johnson thanking the members of the budget committee for their work. The board’s budget committee met March 16 and

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GFPS budget committee recommends no levy

The Great Falls Public Schools board budget committee voted unanimously during their March 16 meeting to recommend that the district not pursue any voted levies this year. No members of the public commented during the meeting. The committee will make that recommendation to the full school board during their March 22 meeting for a final decision. Though the district’s state

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GFPS budget meetings this month, will determine action on levy

Updated March 12 with board candidate names. The Great Falls Public Schools board’s budget committee meets March 16 to review revenue and expense projections and take public comment to make a recommendation to the full board. The committee will consider options such as running an operational or technology levy, or a safety levy depending on legislative action, or no levy.

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No candidates have filed for school board seat, deadline is March 25

No one has yet filed for the open three-year term on the Great Falls Public Schools board. Filing is open through March 25. It opened Dec. 10, 2020. Teresa Schreiner currently holds the seat but is not running again this year. As of March 2, no one has filed, according to the Cascade County Elections Office. GFPS board election set

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Benefis working to bring medical school to Great Falls

A medical school is in the works for Great Falls. A nonprofit university system headquartered in New York is looking to open the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine on property owned by Benefis Health System. Dr. Paul Dolan, Benefis’ chief medical information officer, said they’ve been working for more than a year to get a medical school into Montana

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Whittier Elementary reopens Feb. 25

Whittier Elementary will reopen for face-to-face learning at 8:10 a.m. Feb. 25. The school has been closed since Feb. 16 due to frozen pipes and boiler issues. “The plumbing issues have been addressed and there is adequate heat in the building,” Brian Patrick, Great Falls Public Schools’ director of business operations, said in a release. Whittier closed another week due

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