Category Archives: Great Falls Public Schools

County to consider tax recertification for Calumet valuation drop to keep GFPS budget whole

Cascade County Commissioners are scheduled to hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 21 to consider a request from Great Falls Public Schools to recertify their property tax valuations. The county, GFPS and City of Great Falls already set their budgets in August and September, based on the taxable valuations from the Montana Department of Revenue that are finalized

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GFPs discusses school safety, SRO program, youth behaviors

Superintendent Tom Moore updated the school board on last week’s incident at East Middle School during their Oct. 11 meeting. The board also received the 2021 Safe and Secure Schools Report during the meeting. Moore said as soon as officials were informed of students making threats toward each other and the school, officials acted quickly. He said that such incidents,

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GFPS details 2020 ransomware attack

In September 2020, as the Great Falls Public Schools district was returning to classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also hit with a ransomware attack. For months, officials said they couldn’t discuss the details of the attack as investigators and the insurance company were conducting their work. Last week, The Electric followed up. Superintendent Tom Moore said that the

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GFPS addresses process for threat investigations

The two students involved in the Oct. 5 incident at East Middle School who have both been cited with disorderly conduct, were suspended from school, pending an administrative investigation to determine the next course of action. Tom Moore, Great Falls Public Schools superintendent, said that in this case, a first student was identified as making a threat to use a

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Two students charged in connection with Oct. 5 incident at East Middle School

Great Falls Police have charged two students with criminal disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at East Middle School on Oct. 5. GFPD said Wednesday that it had received a report of a possible threat at East Middle School on Oct. 5 and the Great Falls Public Schools administration and the school resource officer at East “took swift action and

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GFPS approves real estate agent for Roosevelt, Campfire sale

The Great Falls Public Schools board approved the selection of Catalyst Commercial during its Sept. 27 meeting to serve as the real estate agent for the sale of Roosevelt Elementary School and the Campfire house. Catalyst will now develop the timeline for next steps in the sale, according to GFPS. Over the summer, the board approved the disposal and surplus

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GFPS requiring masks for all students, staff due to high COVID rates

Beginning Sept. 27, masks will be required for all students, staff and visitors at Great Falls Public Schools while in school and at all school events. The mask requirement will remain in place until the local COVID-19 transmission rates drop back to the moderate level and stays low for at least one full week, according to a GFPS release. This

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Great Falls High going remote due to COVID-19 cases

Updated 10 a.m. Sept. 14  Great Falls Public Schools has identified 35 positive COVID-19 cases at Great Falls High School, including students and staff. As of noon on Sept. 13, the district has identified more than 40 classrooms that will need to be disinfected and custodians have begun the process that will continue into the evening, according to a GFPS

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Cascade County COVID numbers still high

Cascade County added 351 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, bringing the cumulative total to 11,470, of which 970 are currently active, according to the weekly update from the City-County Health Department. The county’s case rate for the last week is 61.6 per 100,000 and the positivity rate is 12.5 percent, according to CCHD. That’s down from last week’s

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DPHHS issues emergency rules on masks in public schools

Gov. Greg Gianforte said Aug. 31 that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services issued an emergency rules regarding masks in school. “Montana students deserve to be back in their classroom in as normal and safe an environment as possible. Montana parents deserve to know their voices are heard in schools when health-related mandates for their children are

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