Category Archives: Education

Local Christian, Catholic schools continuing remote education for remainder of school year

Foothills Community Christian School will complete the remainder of the school year by remote instruction. Their board of directors decided this week that all grades will continue remote instruction through May 22. “The board and administration felt the decision was in the best interest of students, parents and teachers,” according to a release. Foothills has been using remote instruction since

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GFPS moves special meeting to May 1 to decide on reopening schools

The Great Falls Public Schools board has moved their special meeting to noon on May 1 to consider whether to reopen schools or continue remote learning for the remainder of the year. The board met on April 27 to discuss the factors of reopening and that discussion is in the story below. GFPS officials discusses factors related to reopening under

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GFPS officials discusses factors related to reopening under Bullock’s phased plan

The Great Falls Public Schools board and staff discussed factors that impact the decision to reopen schools beginning May 7, a decision left to local school districts under Gov. Steve Bullock’s phased reopening plan. District staff outlined a number of challenges that reopening would pose given the cleaning, social distancing and staffing requirements under the governor’s plan. The board is

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School election is May 5, here’s candidate info and levy background

Ballots for the May 5 school board and levy election are out. Here’s our candidate questionnaires. There are four candidates for three three-year seats on the school board. School board candidate questionnaire: Kim Skornogoski School board candidate questionnaire: Bill Bronson School board candidate questionnaire: Eric Hinebauch School board questionnaire: Jan Cahill The operational levy is for $1.75 million. Background information

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GFPS asking for parent input on whether to reopen schools

The Great Falls Public Schools board is seeing input from parents regarding the decision to reopen schools. On April 22, Gov. Steve Bullock announced his phased plan, which leaves the decision up to local school districts on whether they want to reopen beginning May 7. Bullock announces phased plan for reopening, lifting stay home order Sunday with physical distancing encouraged

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School board candidate questionnaire: Eric Hinebauch

Name: Eric Hinebauch Age: 34 Occupation: Self-Employed, Insurance Agent (Farmers Union Insurance) Relevant experience: Heisey Community Center, Advisory Board; MT Farmers Union Local, Officer; Volunteer coach for several age groups; Business owner Q: Why are you running for school board? A: All sectors of the Great Falls School District should be represented on its board. As a young business owner,

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School board candidate questionnaire: Bill Bronson

Name: Bill Bronson Age: 65  Occupation: Attorney/Adjunct College Instructor/Executive Director, Cascade County Law Clinic Relevant experience: Background in public law, employment and labor issues (including collective bargaining) and administrative law; 12 years teaching experience (college level) Member, Great Falls City Commission for 12 years, with experience in developing and managing significant, complex budgets, and overseeing policies related to public safety,

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School board questionnaire: Jan Cahill

Name: Jan Cahill  Age: 72  Occupation: Administration  Relevant experience: Education (Teacher and administrator for nearly 40 years); Chairman of the Board Number of years on the GFPS Board: 15  Q: Why are you running for school board? A: I am running because I believe in public education. Education is the foundation upon which our society and economy thrive. Children need a

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School board candidate questionnaire: Kim Skornogoski

Name: Kim Skornogoski Age: 43 Occupation: United Way of Cascade County Marketing Director Relevant experience: current school trustee, parent, volunteer with Kids Education Yes, served on the school board budget committee, attended several statewide trustee trainings For incumbents, number of years on the GFPS board: three Q: Why are you running for school board? A: These past few weeks have

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GFPS still working on plans to celebrate graduating seniors, but “don’t expect a traditional graduation”

Great Falls Public Schools is planning to celebrate graduating seniors the last weekend in May as planned, though it will be different. “Don’t expect a tradition graduation,” with thousands of people at the Montana Expo Park, Superintendent Tom Moore said in an April 17 update. He said the district will not postpone graduation since families have plans, some military families

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