Archive - Jan 2012
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees failed to pass a motion to extend Superintendent Scott Craneâ€™s contract another year during their Thursday night meeting. Crane is currently in the first year of a three-year contract, set to expire July 2014.
A motion to extend the contract by one year failed on a 2-3 vote. Trustees Mary Jo Marlow and Taylor Johansen voted in favor of extending the contract, while Chairman R. Scott Reese, Vice Chairman Pete Lipovac and Trustee Jenny Hong voted in opposition.
Prior to the vote, the trustees met in executive session for about five hours.
Creativity was the rule of the day as 14 Scout troops from the Wolverine District took part in a Klondike Derby over the weekend despite little snow.
Objectives of the Derby included developing teamwork, learning to work together and building self-confidence, said scout leader Merlin Andersen. It also gets kids out of the house and allows them to sleep outdoors.
Curtis Burtenshaw, the 2012 Klondike chairman, said planning for the Derby begins two or three months beforehand.
â€śPlans are refined as the time gets closer,â€ť Burtenshaw said. â€śI went to the Internet to come up with activities.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” High school teachers in Blackfoot will soon receive iPads to use in the classroom as part of the district's technology plan to implement the "Students Come First" legislation.
But before they can receive the new technology, teachers will need to submit a plan to the school district regarding how they plan to use the technology in their classroom.
"We want the teachers to have a plan to improve their instruction," Technology Committee member Brian Kress said.
In addition, five iPads each will be distributed to all other schools for teachers to utilize.
The set backdrop of the musical, "Brigadoon," is taking shape at the Nuart Theater in Blackfoot. Artists have been working evenings to develop the feel of the Scottish highlands.
Blackfoot artist Ken Spencer sketched the background "as I was sitting in the theater with the Mosers, who are the directors of the play."
Spencer then painted a color study to figure out what colors he wanted used.
"Each two-inch square on the color sketch equals two-feet on the backdrop," said Spencer.
Public hearing not necessary for charter school petition
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees narrowly passed a motion to refer a petition for a new Fort Hall charter elementary school to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission during their meeting Thursday night.
Items of note from Jan. 23-24.
FRAUD: Jan. 23, 11:58 a.m.: A caller said someone has used their credit card without their permission.
ITCHY MAN: Jan. 23, 3:19 p.m.: A caller at the Y Motel said a man keeps coming out of his room half naked with no shirt on. They said they have asked the man multiple times not to leave his room undressed. They said the man also approached a woman while he was scratching himself below and above the belt area.
Wendell England Stander, 86, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at his home.
Wendell was born Dec. 31, 1925 in Thomas to George Henry Stander and Alta Delila England.Â
On Nov. 14, 1946 Wendell married Mary Olsen in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.Â Together they had six children, Delwyn, Marian, Lowell, Celia, Lyle Dewey, and Elaine.
Lovell J. Callister, 88, of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at his home.
Lovell was born August 21, 1923 in Moreland to Orson Pratt and Annie Francella Jones Callister. He attended Groveland Elementary and graduated from Blackfoot High School.
He has lived in the Blackfoot area most of his life, living a few years in Merced, Calif.. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow for two years and then transferred to Utah State, earning a degree in Ag Economics.
Randy Brady, Snake River School District band director, received a check for $8,486 from CenturyLink for technology in his classroom.
"Wow!," was Brady's response as Jim Schmit, CenturyLink General Manager, handed him his check. "I'm super excited; this is awesome.
"I thank CenturyLink and the Idaho Department of Education for giving me the opportunity to get this," Brady said.
With this grant money, students in Snake River will be utilizing SmartMusic, drill design software and Roland Rhythm Coach to take their musical talents and marching shows to new heights.
A family's mission to honor the memory of their 18-month-old son who died in 2010 has resulted in the donation of 2,400 books to area hospitals to provide comfort to other children during hospital stays.
David and Amy Saville, whose 18-month-old son Gabriel Grant Saville died July 12, 2010, started the book drive last year as a way to honor the memory of their son. Students at Stoddard, Stalker and Wapello Elementary schools donated 563 books to the project.