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School board in discussion to cut $2.5 million

School board in discussion to cut $2.5 million

Hazel Flock, Layout Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows

On Dec. 13, the school board began examining the budget cuts within the district that needed to happen. The school is budgeting around a $2.5 million deficit and they approved $1.081 million worth of cuts as of Jan. 11. The board originally proposed $1.523 million in reductions, however after t...

Staff Editorial: keeping budget cuts away from classroom

Staff Editorial: keeping budget cuts away from classroom

Pony Express Staff

December 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Due to a $2.5 million deficit for the 2019-20 school year, board members are working to reduce expenses.  Thousands of people will be impacted in the district next year as tough decisions will be made to cut the budget. Board members should aim to make cuts that have the least impact on student learning. Programs,...

School board gathers as new team forms

School board gathers as new team forms

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

The history of the school board has been a bumpy one and there has been conflict within the board and with families. "I think we've struggled the last three years since the decision to close schools, to work together as a board and move forward together. There's been some division and it seems lik...

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Elli Swanson, Photographer

November 14, 2018


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Brookview Elementary, District 834's newest elementary school is hoping to expand very soon due to the developing neighborhoods near by. Brookview Elementary school located in Woodbury has almost met its capacity of students and continues to increase in size. Because of the increase in students...

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under News

There will be new budget cuts in the district this year. The district is looking to address a $2.4 million deficit. The first school board meeting took place on Oct. 10 to begin conversations for new changes within our schools. The school board is reviewing possible areas to consider for reductions...

School board candidates discuss key issues

School board candidates discuss key issues

Matt Moore, Podcast Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

Nov. 6 is election day across the country. Locally, seven candidates are running for the four open seats on the Stillwater School District School Board. Each candidate has the difficult task of addressing key issues Stillwater Schools is currently facing. Now that the calendar has flipped to Oct., that leaves approximately one month remaining until th...

Paula O’Loughlin runs for State Representative

Paula O’Loughlin runs for State Representative

Kenzie Coyle, Layout Editor

November 5, 2017


Filed under In-Depth

School board member Paula O’Loughlin has made many difficult decisions on the board, which has now led to her decision to run for State Representative. O’Loughlin has been a part of the school board since 2014 and has made many difficult decisions that she and the board felt were needed for the district. She will ru...

B.O.L.D. decision, next steps for community

B.O.L.D. decision, next steps for community

Allie Langness, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2016


Filed under News

After a grueling process, the School Board voted on March 3, 2016 in favor of closing Marine, Withrow, and Oak Park Elementary schools. Previously, at the February 11, 2016 meeting, the board decided to delay the vote until March 3. In preparation for the March 3 meeting, the school board initiat...

Calendar Committee seeks approval for 2015-16 calendar

Jordan Fulin, Team Lead Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under News

Every year the calendar committee for Stillwater Area School District comes together to discuss and recommend a new calendar for the coming school year.  The committee is made up of district employees and parents. The Calendar Committee is working to finalize a calendar for the 2015-2016 school year...

District proposes grade reconfiguration, updates to facilities

District proposes grade reconfiguration, updates to facilities

Sam Hudachek, Social Media Reporter

November 17, 2014


Filed under News

On Nov.13, the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee proposed to the school board possible changes to the grade configurations and facilities of the district. Issues have come up concerning facilities over the past few years. The student population has been increasing, as well as student opportunities. New building resources and configurations have n...

For the school board, by the school board

For the school board, by the school board

Cassandra Carter

February 18, 2014


Filed under Political Opinion

On Jan. 9, the IDS 834 School Board, in charge of decisions in the Stillwater schools, voted 6-1 to raise their own pay. This is the first pay raise the school board has taken since 1997.  According the Oregon School Boards Association, (OSBA) School Boards are responsible for establishing budgets,...