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Nearly 1,000 people have taken the Blaine County School District’s community survey, and the board of trustees is hoping to pull more responses before the poll wraps up on Dec. 21.

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Teachers and staff at Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum faced off for an ugly Christmas sweater contest Wednesday. Students will cast votes today for the winners, who will receive restaurant gift certificates and bragging rights.

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   Nearly 1,000 people have taken the Blaine County School District’s community survey, and the board of trustees is hoping to pull more responses before the poll wraps up on Dec. 21.

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     The Blaine County School District’s community survey is now available, after technical difficulties delayed the scheduled Monday launch, according to Communications Director Heather Crocker.

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     The Ernest Hemingway STEAM School earned one of 72 grants doled out by the Idaho STEM Action Center this year, and the donation is already growing before students’ eyes.

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The Blaine County School District will get a report card of its own next month after the school board voted to launch a third-party public poll during a special meeting Tuesday night.

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Lara Stone got a jump on her new job this week, taking the oath of office during a regular meeting of the Blaine County School District board of trustees two months before the Zone 5 delegate was scheduled to be sworn in.

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    Enrollment in Blaine County schools tallied lower than expected—and less than in previous years—during the official count this month, which will likely hurt state funding in the future.

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The Blaine County school board unanimously scrapped a controversial clause in its school lunch policy that would have district administrators contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s child protective services if parents were delinquent on their student’s bill.

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The Blaine County School District announced the hiring of a new human resources director last Thursday, almost five months after settling out of court with the previous head.

Blaine County School District Trustee Kevin Garrison resigned from his post this week, three days after he was arrested on a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors Friday night.

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     Blaine County School District Trustee Kevin Garrison resigned from his post on Monday, three days after he was arrested on a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors Friday night.

Blaine County School District Trustee Kevin Garrison resigned from his post this week, three days after he was arrested on a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors Friday night.

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     Blaine County School District Trustee Kevin Garrison resigned from his post on Monday, three days after he was arrested on a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors Friday night.

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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.