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     The Blaine County School District’s board of trustees will hold its second listening session for feedback on a possible plant-facilities levy tonight, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ernest Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum.

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A pair of incidents at Blaine County schools brought student safety back to the fore last week. This year, though, administrators are using a new tool to help secure schools—and, they say, it’s already paying dividends.

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     A meet-and-greet event for Blaine County School District board of trustees candidates, hosted by 5BPA WRMS PTA, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hailey City Hall, in the upstairs meeting room.

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After a full year of work, the Blaine County School District’s Finance Committee formally recommended that the school board pursue a levy totaling some $40 million for construction, maintenance and technology over the next 10 years, during the trustees’ regular October meeting Tuesday night.

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     Fall registration has opened for fourth- and fifth-graders interested in Science After School, a program at Hemingway STEAM School and Bellevue Elementary School that engages students with the natural environment through outdoor adventures and exploration.        

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     The Blaine County School District’s Latino Staff Advisory Committee will host its third annual Confrencia Educativa Para Padres—that’s “Education Conference for Parents”—on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4-7 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.

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Hailey Elementary will have to hold out for other options as the Blaine County School District’s Finance Committee cut a possible replacement for the patchwork building out of a list of projects that it hopes to cover with a 10-year levy that will likely go before voters next year.

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The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to support a Blaine County School District plan to reactivate beeping reverse alarms on school buses at the bus parking and maintenance facility, or bus barn, at 1250 Fox Acres Road.

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Three valley high-schoolers were named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists last week, putting them in the running next spring for one of the organization’s 7,600 awards, worth a total of $31 million.

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The Blaine County school board on Tuesday opted to leave the Community Campus—other than for its own meetings—to the rest of the community, shelving a proposal to move district operations into the Hailey facility.

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The Blaine County School District board of trustees tried out a new process for taking public comment during its regular September meeting on Tuesday, pushing its traditional open comment period deeper into the session, while inviting constituents to speak before each agenda item.

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Two of the three seats up for election to the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees this November are all but filled, but the third will have a full ballot.

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     A three-year-old school meal policy sent fresh shock through parents last week, as many learned that they could be reported to the Department of Health and Welfare for unpaid bills.

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Idaho’s District 26 delegation met with constituents in Hailey last week to discuss the Blaine County School District, as an outspoken group opposed to district leadership continued to elevate its criticism in advance of November’s school board elections.

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Two of the three seats up for election to the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees this November are all but filled, but the third will have a full ballot.

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     A three-year-old school meal policy sent fresh shock through parents last week, as many learned that they could be reported to the Department of Health and Welfare for unpaid bills.

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Idaho’s District 26 delegation met with constituents in Hailey last week to discuss the Blaine County School District, as an outspoken group opposed to district leadership continued to elevate its criticism in advance of November’s school board elections.

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This month five Wild Gift fellows traveled to the Wood River Valley to embark on a three-week trek in the Boulder and White Clouds wilderness areas, followed by 12 months of training and professional development as they grow their ventures.

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With the two-week filing period open, two more candidates have announced their bids for posts on the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees.

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Responding to some strident public criticism, Trustee Rob Clayton took a stab at revamping the makeup of the school board’s three advisory committees to tip the balance toward public input—and away from the administration—during the group’s regular August meeting last week.

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A week before Blaine County schools opened for the year, the district got a mixed report card in a new State Department of Education accountability metric, which ranks 652 schools in Idaho on a weighted formula of academic and school quality indicators.

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With a week to go before public school starts, the Blaine County School District received a report card of its own on Tuesday, when staff presented the school board with the latest breakdown of 2019 results from the Idaho Standards Achievement Test, or ISAT.

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In a split vote Tuesday night, the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees ordered staff to develop a new communications plan to reach constituents, acknowledging mounting stress from critics over the past several months.

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While Blaine County students soaked up the last week of summer break, their teachers were already in class Tuesday morning, receiving marching orders—and a touch of motivation—before the academic year begins in earnest on Aug. 19.

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The first new face to throw in for a school board seat appeared last week when Bellevue resident Alexis Lindberg launched her campaign for the south county’s Zone 1 spot in this November’s election.

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The Blaine County School District’s Finance Committee continued to whittle down its wish list of projects Tuesday as it moves closer to making a recommendation to the school board likely endorsing a new levy to pay for facilities.

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School board Trustee Rob Clayton served notice of his intent to sue the district he helps lead last Thursday, alleging slander against the Blaine County School District—specifically its superintendent, GwenCarol Holmes.

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An attorney for the Blaine County School District has advised trustees against granting a special school board meeting sought by critics of the district to hold a vote evaluating the performance of Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes, according to Chairwoman Ellen Mandeville.

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The Blaine County School District spent around $43,000 on legal fees last school year, bringing its four-year total to just over $250,000, split among nine firms, according to an accounting by staff requested by Trustee Rob Clayton.

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SAT scores across the Blaine County School District dipped to a four-year low in 2019, while a gap in proficiency between the white and Hispanic students grew, according to a preliminary analysis by district staff presented to the school board Tuesday night.