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Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force need volunteers

Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force need volunteers

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2019


Filed under News

To better our district and community as a whole and furthermore better the future of our facilities in the district, volunteers will help make this possible. The district is covening new members for a Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force. This new wave of volunteering community members will include parents and staff w...

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2019


Filed under News

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district's budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum development budget that occurred Dec. 20, 2018. This cut accounted for roughly 56 percent o...

EIC Column: Palestinians aim to have their voices heard

EIC Column: Palestinians aim to have their voices heard

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2019


Filed under Editor-in-Chief Column, Editorial, Opinion

On May 14, 1948, Israel became an independent State with David Ben-Gurion as the Prime Minister. What many in the world thought of as a movement to solve anti-semitism became the beginning of a Palestinian ethnic cleansing. Ever since, Palestinians have been fighting for their lives and for their f...

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019


Filed under News, News Briefs

During the 2017-2018 school year, the board fell into a $2.4 million deficit pit. Meetings to address the deficit began in early October, and are still continuing into late February. Being $2.4 million in the hole, the board needs to make cuts for operations to return to normal for the 2019-2020 school...

School board in discussions to cut $2.5 million

School board in discussions 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: keep budget cuts away from classroom

Staff Editorial: keep 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 Features, In-Depth

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 In-Depth, 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...

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