Category Archives: Great Falls Public Schools

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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McGraw selected as next principal for CMR High School

Jamie McGraw has been selected as the next principal of C.M. Russell High School. According to a release from Great Falls Public Schools, interview panels comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students and district officials conducted interviews March 10 with three candidates from a pool of six applicants. McGraw was selected to succeed Kerry Parsons, who retires in June. The

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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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GFPD, GFPS continuing review of March 2 incident that locked down Great Falls High

Great Falls Public High School was locked down on March 2. According to the Great Falls Police Department, school staff had received a report that a student┬áhad pointed what appeared to be a gun at another student, inside the school. “A review of school video showed a male student acting as if he had a gun, pointing it at another

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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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County case rate continues to drop, meets first week requirement of county health order

The case rate for the last week was 8 per 100,000 in Cascade County. The Cascade County City-County Health Department calculates the rate of average new daily cases each Wednesday for the previous week. Last week, the rate was 15 per 100,000 for Feb. 11-17, according to Trisha Gardner, county health officer. On Feb. 17, the Cascade County City-County Board

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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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GFPS board approves teachers, superintendent pay increases

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted unanimously during their Feb. 22 meeting to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Great Falls Education Association. The current agreement expires in June and includes about 750 teachers, according to Kerry Dattilo, the GFPS human resources director. She said that the groups began negotiating in January and the union’s membership voted to

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