Category Archives: Education

Watson named principal at Sunnyside Elementary

Durbin Watson has been selected as the new principal at Sunnyside Elementary School. Great Falls Public Schools said that on May 17, a panel of district leadership, parents and teachers interviewed two qualified candidates and selected Watson. She’ll begin the new position on July 1, pending approval by the school board, replacing Brian Held when he retires at the end

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GFPS board approves employee stipends

The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously during their May 9 meeting to approved essential worker stipend for many employees. The board voted to use some of its federal COVID relief funds for the stipends. The stipend will be $750 for staff who are regularly scheduled to work 21 hours or more per week. For those who

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Great Falls woman accused of wire fraud, identity theft and student aid fraud from GFCMSU

Ricci Lea Castellanos, 34, of Great Falls, appeared in federal court on April 12 and pleaded not guilty to a 14-count indictment changing her with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and student financial aid fraud. Castellanos is accused of fraudulently obtaining federal student financial aid by using the names of unwitting family members and others

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The Electric hosting school board candidate forum April 14

The Electric is hosting a candidate forum on April 14 with the candidates for the Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees. The forum will be 6-8 p.m. in Room B101 at Great Falls College-MSU. More candidates file for May school board election The forum will also be live streamed on The Electric’s Facebook page. There are four seats are

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GFPS approves facility projects

The Great Falls Public Schools board approved contracts in March for several construction projects. The district received three bids for the Loy Elementary School ventilation and window replacement project and staff recommended approving the contract to Guy Tabacco Construction for $1,195,400. The project is being funded with American Recovery Plan Act dollars, which are federal COVID relief funds, and bond

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GFPS votes to forgo levy

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted unanimously during their March 28 meeting to forego an operational levy this year. The board’s budget committee had recommended foregoing the levy and the full board approved that recommendation. GFPS budget committee recommends no levy this year That means there will be no levy on the May 3 school ballot, but there will

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GFPS budget committee recommends no levy this year

The Great Falls Public Schools board budget committee unanimously voted during their March 16 meeting to recommend to the full school board that the district forgo an operational levy this year. The committee will make the recommendation at the March 28 full school board meeting. The district is projecting, for the first time in roughly a decade, to have a

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