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After a spring marked by high-profile complaints from district employees, the Blaine County school board has decided to rewrite the process by which staff can lodge grievances under district policy—including against the superintendent.

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The Blaine County School District’s board of trustees stripped sitting Chairman Rob Clayton of his title and censured the former top trustee for “several” unspecified ethics violations following an extended closed session Tuesday night.

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Backed by more than 1,000 online signatures, a local resident requested a closed meeting with the school board to make a case for firing Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes during the public comment period of Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees.

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The Blaine County School District’s board of trustees approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year by a 4-1 vote Tuesday, capping a six-month process to draft the $63.3 million general fund spending plan.

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The Blaine County School District’s board of trustees stripped sitting Chairman Rob Clayton of his title and censured the former top trustee for “multiple” unspecified ethics violations following an extended closed session Tuesday night.

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Before the hugs and the handshakes, before Vice Principal Rob Ditch read the names, and before Principal Fritz Peters sent the eighth-grade class of Wood River Middle School into summer with one more pat on the back and encouraging words, Diesel Ward became a “speech speaker.”

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Top Trustee Rob Clayton apologized for “a poor job of leadership” as parents, teachers and taxpayers ripped the upper levels of the Blaine County School District during a town hall meeting Monday night near Hailey.

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Nineteen Carey School seniors became Carey School alumni on Friday, as the class of 2019 officially graduated from the Blaine County School District. On Thursday, they’ll be joined by many more, as their peers at Wood River and Silver Creek high schools will move their tassels and collect di…

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A discussion on relocating a pair of portable classrooms to accommodate next year’s inaugural eighth-grade class at the Ernest Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum dredged up debate over the planned expansion this week as Blaine County School District trustees balked at the price tag associated…

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The Blaine County School District board of trustees unanimously approved a contract with the Blaine County Education Association during a special meeting Tuesday evening, clearing the final hurdle for the deal to govern salaries, benefits and working conditions for teachers during the 2019-2…

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The Blaine County School District unveiled its first draft of a 2019-20 budget to the school board last week, showcasing a $63.4 million general fund spending plan—and a healthy cash reserve—in advance of a formal June 11 hearing on the subject.

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Today, May 22, marks the last day of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ current Big Idea project, “Unraveling: Reimagining Colonization in the Americas.”

Allegations of sexual harassment shook up the Blaine County school board during its monthly meeting Tuesday, when a recent graduate claimed that he and a friend who was then a senior at Wood River High School were propositioned by a female school staffer in 2018.

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The Blaine County School District will roll out a suite of new safety protocols next year, Director of Student Safety Dave Stellers announced during a monthly meeting of the board of trustees on Tuesday night.

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The Blaine County School District and a group representing its teachers have agreed in principle to an updated contract governing salaries, benefits and working conditions for the 2019-20 school year, wrapping up on Thursday more than 25 hours at the bargaining table.

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    Camas County High School’s Class of 2019 will hold its graduation ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym, in Fairfield. There are nine graduates, five girls and four boys.

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    Best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims will deliver the commencement address to the Sun Valley Community School’s class of 2019, school spokeswoman Anneliese Turck announced on Friday.

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An investigation into a suspicious note found at Wood River Middle School ended Tuesday after a pair of students confessed to planting the potential threat as a way to get out of school, police said.

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Four sessions totaling more than 20 hours of discussion were not enough to settle contract negotiations between the Blaine County School District and the Blaine County Education Association, which represents its teachers.

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All Blaine County public schools are open as usual today, after law enforcement agencies determined that a suspicious note found at Wood River Middle School did not constitute a “specific or credible” threat, the district announced early Wednesday morning.

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An investigation into a suspicious note found at Wood River Middle School ended Tuesday after a pair of students confessed to planting the potential threat as a way to get out of school, police said.

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Four sessions totaling more than 20 hours of discussion were not enough to settle contract negotiations between the Blaine County School District and the Blaine County Education Association, which represents its teachers.

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All Blaine County public schools are open as usual today, after law enforcement agencies determined that a suspicious note found at Wood River Middle School did not constitute a “specific or credible” threat, the district announced early Wednesday morning.

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Pro-Obama and anti-Trump images painted on ceiling tiles at Wood River High School sparked outrage among conservatives when a former Republican legislative candidate posted photos of the paintings to her Facebook page on April 12.

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The Blaine County School District and eight of its administrators have been sued by a pair of recent graduates alleging that the district unlawfully restricted their right to free speech while they were seniors at Wood River High School.

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The Blaine County School District and eight of its administrators have been sued by a pair of recent graduates alleging that the district unlawfully restricted their right to free speech while they were seniors at Wood River High School.

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Blaine County School District Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes on Monday recommended educator Toni Boush for Hailey Elementary’s open principal post. If approved by the school board Tuesday night, she could replace outgoing Principal Thad Biggers this summer.

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The Blaine County School District is projecting a dip in enrollment next year, as children born during the lean years during and immediately after the economic downturn replace larger outgoing classes.

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Immunization rates in the Blaine County School District continued their upward trend into the 2018-19 academic year, but still trail Idaho as a whole, according to a school immunization report by the state Department of Health and Welfare issued in February.

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Faced with an unusually large class moving through Wood River Middle School, the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees sharpened a policy limiting outside participation in sports, classes and other extracurriculars during its regular February meeting Tuesday night.

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The “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Idaho thanked its volunteers and donors during a reception Wednesday evening at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, in an event hosted by D.L. Evans Bank. The affair showcased some of the student scholars being supported by the foundation, which …

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The Blaine County School District announced this morning that schools in the district are closed today. Students and their families were advised by the district to "stay safe and warm."

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Four teams from Wood River High School and two from Wood River Middle School have overwhelmed the competition during the 2018–19 season, collectively winning all five tournaments they attended and cleaning up in the Excellence Award category, as well.