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POCATELLO â€” Blackfoot High School government teacher Holly Kartchner was surprised when her name was left off the program of the Idaho State Journal's Business and Achievement Awards on Thursday.
She was more surprised a few minutes later when she was named as the 2011 recipient of the Education/K-12 award.
"I believe we need to fight the arrogance of ignorance," she said in accepting the award. "It's my responsibility to destroy that arrogance of ignorance and let (her students) become the community members she wants to be."
MORELAND â€” In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, firemen from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) spoke to students at Moreland Elementary Thursday.
"In case of a fire in your house, what are you supposed to do?" asked INL fireman Todd Leavitt.
"Get out," was the reply.
"What if you can't get out of your room? Are you supposed to hide in a closet or under the bed?"
"No," the students replied.
"When we come crawling in to find you, slap the floor hard so we can hear you," Leavitt said.
"What if your clothes are on fire?" he asked.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School Board Trustee Bryce Lloyd submitted his resignation at the board meeting Thursday and Dr. Taylor Johansen was appointed to fill the vacancy.
In tending his resignation, Lloyd said he didn't have the time to devote to the school board and to his professional and personal obligations. Lloyd said he spoke to his constituents in Groveland to receive recommendations on who should be appointed to fill the Zone 4 vacancy. He recommended Johansen, who was approved on a 4-1 vote with Trustee Pete Lipovac casting the dissenting vote.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees denied the charter request for the Idaho STEM Academy at their meeting Thursday and referred the decision to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. The decision was unanimous.
Mark Fisk, a member of the founding board of the Idaho STEM Academy, said the decision was not unexpected.
"We'll move forward," he said. "We're confident we will be chartered."
Whether the charter high school, which will cater to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, will be able to open next year is unclear.