Monday, April 13, 2015

Video: Spokane School District Prepared to Pull Hundreds of Children Out of Class For Immunization Non-Compliance

Posted By on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 9:12 AM

In a stunning report from KREM-TV, hundreds of students may be pulled out of public schools in Spokane, Wash., for not complying with Washington State's immunization status law. According to a spokesman from the Spokane Public School District, 3 percent of the student body have yet to submit proof of immunization or a certificate of exemption. School officials say parents of the 900-plus students have now received three or four phone calls and a physical letter explaining that their child is not compliant with state law.

Spokane School District spokesman Kevin Morrison told KREM-TV that students who arrived at school today that are still non-complaint "will be called to the principal's office, who will then call their parents and ask the parent to come pick up their child." According to Morris, the parents will be given the opportunity to fill out an exemption form or take their child to one of five free vaccination clinics being hosted by the school district this week. But until the student is in compliance, officials said the child will not be invited back to class.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Driver Cited For Running Red Light, Colliding With Boise North End School Bus

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

A driver from the Fruitland area was cited early Wednesday morning for running a red light in downtown Boise and colliding with a school bus filled with grade schoolers.

Boise Police were summoned to the intersection of North Eighth and West Hays streets at approximately 7:45 this morning. That's where witnesses said the driver's vehicle collided with a school bus that had about 25 children aboard. All of the children were reported to be OK after the collision.

After speaking with several witnesses, police determined that the driver of an SUV, 57-year-old Robert Maillot from Fruitland, had ran a red light and collided with the bus that was crossing Eighth street and heading east on Hays. The driver was cited with a red light violation, which carries a $90 fine. After the investigation, the bus continued to a nearby Boise school where it safely delivered the children.
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Toy Gun Triggers School Lockdowns in Middleton, Student Suspended

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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A Canyon County elementary school student has been suspended from school for two days in the shadow of an incident earlier this week where he brought a toy gun to school.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the toy revolver was convincing enough to pass for the real thing at first glance, and "even a toy gun can be dangerous when an officer has to make a split-second, life-or-death decision."

The principal at the child's school says a full interview will be conducted with the parents of the child to determine if a longer suspension is necessary.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the incident began when authorities were alerted to the possibility that someone had a gun on a Middleton school bus, on its way to Middleton Heights Elementary School. Two schools were put into so-called "soft lockdowns" as officers searched for the weapon. 

"We treat the toy gun just like a regular gun as far as threat of violence," Middleton School Superintendent Richard Bauscher told the Tribune. "Our policy still addresses it."

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

New YMCA/Elementary School/City Park Planned for Meridian

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

A new project near Eagle and Amity roads in Meridian will incorporate a new YMCA, a city park and an elementary school. According to Boise State Public Radio, the project will be built on 22 acres of donated land.

The Treasure Valley YMCA told BSPR that the new South Y will be the first YMCA built in the Treasure Valley in nine years—since the completion of the Caldwell YMCA. It will be about the same size as the existing Y's in Boise.

According to the Idaho Business Review, the conversation about expansion began at the YMCA back in 2005, but was tabled when the economy soured. After conducting a survey of local residents and Y members, the organization settled on Meridian as the location for the new facility. 

It will include a pool and a gym, and serve about 15,000 members.

The Meridian Press reports that the YMCA is working on a $40 million fundraising campaign, about half of which will finance the Meridian project. The land for the project was donated by a Meridian couple and land developer. 

The campus will also include a new elementary school for the West Ada School District. The Meridian Press reported that the West Ada School District bond committee plans to present a $96 million bond proposal to district trustees on Dec. 16—$8 million less than a similar bond that failed to pass an election in August. About $12 million of the bond will go toward building the new elementary school.

The J.A. and Katherine Albertson Foundation donated $4 million to start the project.

"The reason why this is such an extraordinary project from our perspective is that it's a collaborative effort between many different organizations; government, nonprofit and philanthropy," Jamie MacMillan, president of the Albertson Foundation, told BSPR. "[They're] coming together to leverage their resources and provide a great campus and experience for families and kids." 

The cost of the project and expected construction start date have not been determined yet.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Police: 'Whisper' Triggers Huge Safety Concern at Mountain Home Schools

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Police in Mountain Home are looking for the public's help in their investigation of a "Whisper" incident that set off a minor firestorm on social media. Mountain Home law enforcement said an anonymous message was posted Nov. 19 on the social media site called "Whisper," indicating that the writer heard two people talking on a Mountain Home school bus about "shooting up the school." Investigators say they're talking with the social media site in an attempt to identify the person that posted the message.

Meanwhile, the message has reportedly triggered a series of social media rumors that have "created a huge safety concern by students and parents," according to a Mountain Home Police Department spokeswoman. "Currently, there is a large police presence in and around all the schools."

Investigators are hoping that the public can help them with any information regarding the message or the identity of the person responsible for the post. The public is urged to contact police at 208-587-2101 with information.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

School Board Member Resigns in Wake of Spitting Incident

Posted By on Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

When Rick Roberts submitted his resignation as a trustee to the Blaine County School Board, he cited only "personal issues and commitments" and possible "distractions." What he didn't mention was that he had been cited for allegedly grabbing a teenager by the neck at an Aug. 29 concert.

This week's Idaho Mountain Express reports that Roberts' attorney insists his client was innocent and that the incident occurred only after a 16-year-old spit on Roberts.

According to Ketchum police records, the incident occurred Aug. 29 at River Run. That's where Roberts, who had joined the school board only a few months earlier, is alleged to have grabbed the teen by the neck and forced him to the ground after the boy "spit a loogie" five to six feet to the right of where Roberts was sitting. Roberts said he felt spit on his neck, and he "only pushed" the 16-year-old in the "upper torso/shoulder area." But a police report indicates that the there was redness on the boy's neck and a small abrasion near his collarbone.

Roberts has a court appearance scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6.

Meanwhile, Roberts, who was appointed to the school board this past May, sent his resignation letter to the Blaine County School Board on Oct. 1. His resignation is expected to be formal on Oct. 14. He had filled a seat vacated by another former school board member who was embroiled in his own controversy, according to the Mountain Express, when complaints emerged following a New Year's Eve Party involved underage drinking at his home.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Video: Idaho School District May Need to Delay Beginning of School Year

Posted By on Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Idaho students are counting down the final days before the beginning of another school year. Most Gem State schools will open their doors the week of Monday, Aug. 25.

But students and parents in Moscow still aren't sure when school will officially begin. It turns out that summer construction projects could push back the school year and possibly disrupt the Thanksgiving break. 

KREM-TV reports that contractors first told school officials that construction would be complete by mid-August, but that hasn't happened. Now they're saying it could be September before they're finished. As a result, Moscow School Superintendent Greg Bailey recommended on Friday that school be delayed by one, possibly two weeks. Bailey added that a one-week delay would cut into Thanksgiving vacation—students normally get the entire week off, but that could be cut by half. A two-week delay would extend school later into the spring.

Bailey said that bringing in a slew of portable classrooms would make economic sense.

The Moscow School Board will take up the issue when it meets Monday evening.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Idaho School Trustee Claims He Didn't Know Son Would Be Attending School Outside His District

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The newest member of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees says he had no idea that he was enrolling his son in a school that is not part of the district that he holds sway over.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that local attorney Richard Roberts was selected May 27 to fill a vacancy on the Blaine County school board, but at a special meeting held June 2, it was learned that Roberts was transferring his 8-year-old son from Hailey Elementary to the Syringa Mountain School, a private charter.

Making things more interesting will be the fact that Roberts' first trustee meeting—next Tuesday, June 10—will include a discussion of whether private Syringa students be allowed to use district buses for transportation to and from school.

Roberts insists that he was "blindsided" when he learned that Syringa was not part of the district, according to the Mountain Express.

"Now I know," he told the Mountain Express. "It was really frustrating. I did not want to be a distraction. My point is I'm here to help. I want to contribute my energy, my knowledge and my experience."

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Press-Tribune: Nampa May Shutter Elementary School to Save Money

Posted By on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

On Monday, Tom Michaelson, interim superintendent, will recommend to the Nampa School Board the district shutter one of four low-enrollment elementary schools in the Nampa area, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Michaelson told the Press-Tribune that the Financial Recommendation Committee has identified Sunny Ridge Elementary School for closure. The school has nearly 400 enrolled students, who would move to Greenhurst Elementary.

"A letter sent home to parents Friday says that with pending retirements and resignations, the district expects Sunny Ridge teachers will be able to 'follow their students or accept other positions,'" according to the Press-Tribune.

The news comes amid an ongoing budget crisis in the Nampa School District. Voters in the district overwhelmingly voted March 12 to approve a $4.3 million levy to aid the district's budget woes, revealed in 2012, when school board trustees discovered significant accounting errors.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

WSU Student Found Unconscious in Dorm, Dies

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Police in Pullman, Wash., are investigating the mysterious death of a Washington State student, who died in his dorm room.

Campus police responded to a 911 call early Saturday morning at Stephenson Hall on the Pullman campus. That's where they found students performing CPR on 18-year-old Kenneth Hummel, a freshman from Lynnwood, Wash.

Hummel was rushed to Pullman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they don't suspect foul play, but an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

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