Category Archives: Great Falls Public Schools

GFPS board approves addition of high school baseball program

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted unanimously during their June 13 meeting to add baseball as a Montana High School Association sanctioned sport for the 2024 high school spring season. GFPS Athletic Director Mike Henneberg discussed the proposal during an April meeting and on Monday asked the board to approve sanctioning baseball. He said he feels that Great Falls students

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GFPS working to replace, fix faucets, sinks where lead detected under new state rule

Great Falls Public Schools has been testing sinks and fountains for lead under a new rule from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The rule was created in January 2020 and requires schools to check at least every three years for lead in the water of any sink or fountain used for drinking or food prep. Schools’

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GFPD, GFPS investigated social media threats; suspect arrested

Updated 6:30 p.m. May 27 Overnight, officials with Great Falls Public Schools and Great Falls Police Department were made aware of social media posts that made threats to local schools. Law enforcement investigated those posts, isolated the IP address of the person posting them and determined the person was out of state and that there is no actual threat to

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GFPD: No gun at CMR this morning, school was evacuated during investigation

The report of a potential threat at CMR High School on May 25 turned out to be a benign object and officials have determined there is no threat at the school. In a release, the Great Falls Police Department said that the initial report came in early this morning from a parent who told the school resource officer that during

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Update: CMR being evacuated as precaution; GFPD, GFPS investigating report of threat at CMR High School

Updated 11:30 a.m. May 25 The Great Falls Police Department has increased its presence at C.M. Russell High School this morning after the school resource office received information of a potential threat. As of 11:20 a.m. the Great Falls Public Schools district was evacuating students from CMR to the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena at Montana Expo Park.

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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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School board election results

Updated at 12 p.m. May 4 Preliminary results for the May 3 school board election are below. According to unofficial results, Nathan Reiff, who was appointed to fill the vacancy after the death of former board chair Jan Cahill has been upset by newcomer Paige Turoski. Unofficial results show incumbents Gordon Johnson and Mark Finnicum holding their seats for another

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Ballots for school board election in the mail

Ballots for the May 3 school board election are in the mail in Cascade County. There are four seats are up for election: Three seats that represent both elementary and secondary districts on the board for three years through  May 2025. Anyone interested in these positions must live within the Great Falls Public School District boundary. The positions are currently

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School board candidates take questions; ballots mailed April 18

The Electric hosted a forum with the candidates for school board on April 14. If you missed it, you can watch the video below. Michael Nagel wasn’t able to attend and submitted his responded to the same questions in an email. Those responses are posted below the video. There are four seats are up for election: Three seats that represent

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