Category Archives: Education

GFPS considering levy options for projected budget shortfall

The school board’s budget committee is meeting this month to discuss the financial picture for the next fiscal year for Great Falls Public Schools and options to make up the projected $1.1 million shortfall. Among the options being considered are an operational levy, a technology levy, or a safety levy, or some combination of the three. [District budget information here]

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Sunday Reads: Nov. 3

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and is prepared for more cold weather. Here’s some reading material to help get you through the week. Route Fifty: Rural America is not an economic liability Brookings: Is zoning a useful tool or a regulatory barrier? The Hill: ‘Skinny’ defense bill omits key element: military construction Washington Post: The trouble with chocolate Fast Company:

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Sunday Reads: Oct. 27

We accidentally skipped Sunday reads last week, but now we’re back on track and present your reading list for what is apparently going to be another week of snow. TIME: Low wages, sexual harassment and unreliable tips. This is life in America’s booming service industry NPR: Dog people live longer. But why? Route Fifty: Dollar Value of Outdoor Recreation For

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School board will use public comments in superintendent evaluation process

School board members voted unanimously during their Oct. 21 meeting to keep using the same evaluation process for the superintendent as the board has used for nearly a decade. The process includes public participation. Moore selected as next GFPS superintendent Jan Cahill, board chair, said he discussed the process with current superintendent Tom Moore, who didn’t suggest any changes to

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AAUW used book sale starts this week

The Great Falls Branch of the American Association of University Women annual book sale kicks off at the Great Falls Public Library this week. It’s the 61st annual sale and proceeds are used for scholarships for Cascade County women, grants to libraries and the Great Falls Education Foundation. The Great Falls branch of AAUW was established in 1914 and since

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Sunday Reads: Oct. 13

It was a bit busy for The Electric this week, so the list is a bit short, but here’s your Sunday reading. Have a great week Great Falls. The Atlantic: The Forgotten Female Shell-Shock Victims of World War I The Atlantic: Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore CityLab: How Cities Address the Housing Crisis and Why It’s Not Enough

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Informed Citizen series continues this week with ‘newstrition’ with Courtney Cowgill

The Informed Citizen series continues this week at Enbar in partnership with the Great Falls Public Library, supported by a grant from Humanities Montana. The three-part series is focused on the local news landscape and the state of the news industry. This week, Courtney Cowgill will lead an interactive conversation about local news and local food, what they have to teach

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Sunday Reads: Oct. 6

Hope everyone enjoyed the warmish weather this weekend. Here’s some Sunday reads to keep you busy when snow starts flying again this week. Salon: As the welfare state decays, public libraries become sites of social trauma New York Times: The Government Says Rainbow Crosswalks Could Be Unsafe. Are They Really? Washington Post: Federal government has dramatically expanded exposure to risky

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Informed Citizen series launches this week with focus on local news

Interested in the local news landscape and state of the news industry? The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an Informed Citizen series this month. The three-part series is being supported by grants from Humanities Montana in partnership with Enbar. The series begins Oct. 3 at Enbar with Dennis Swibold hosting “What Happened to the News?” The program “takes listeners behind

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