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May 22nd

Blackfoot seniors receive awards ,scholarships

May 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot High School students were recognized Friday at an assembly announcing scholarship recipients and other awards.
Fifty-three seniors reported receiving more than $284,000 in scholarship offers and awards from various schools, organizations and individuals.
Valedictorian Daniel Burt was awarded with a full-ride music scholarship and half-ride academic scholarship to Brigham Young University-Provo. He also received a $7115 scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp and a $3,000 scholarship from Darwin and Joyce Stufflebeam.

May 20th

Shelley Orchestra to perform at Disneyland

May 21, 2011

SHELLEY — Among items presented at the Shelley School Board Thursday night were "Pay for Performance," an orchestra trip scheduled for spring break 2012 and classified personnel receiving the same sick leave as certified personnel.
Superintendent Bryan Jolley discussed “Pay for Performance.”
“I’m going to discuss two points of this plan,” Jolley said.
There is a state side and a school, classroom, side to this proposal, he said.

Ridge Crest students celebrate reading

May 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Friday was a celebration for students at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday. The first through fifth grade students were rewarded for reading one million minutes this school year and for finishing strong on their Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
The students had a Skype conference with author Debbie Dadey, who wrote "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids" series, "The Swamp Monster in the Third Grade" and "The Worst name in Third Grade."

District 55 makes cuts to balance budget

May 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot School District officials have eliminated middle school sports and have cut eight teaching positions—among numerous other cuts—in an effort to meet a $2.072 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those cuts were outlined in a memorandum to all district staff members from Superintendent Scott Crane Friday. The memo was sent out Friday after all personnel affected by the cuts had been notified.

May 19th

Stoddard raises $2,000 in read-a-thon

May 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT — IT Stoddard Elementary Principal Ryan Wilson will do just about anything to support students and staff at his school. He has kissed a pig, taken a pie in the face and even danced in front of the students.
This past week he wore a tutu, crown and high heels after the students reached $2,000 in pledges in a fundraising challenge for a read-a-thon.
The fundraiser was organized by Stoddard's Parent-Teacher Organization.
The organizers of the fundraiser, Karen Robinson and Cara Fitzgerald, wanted to do something that gave the school and students 100 percent of the profit.

Relay for Life increasing online presence

May 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Online fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is increasingly popular as many take advantage of the ease of donating electronically.
Online fundraising is just getting started in Bingham County, but Sherrilynn Bair, who co-chairs the Relay for Life Online Committee with Shantel Morgan, said a few people have raised funds online using Facebook and email.
She said it's an easy way for those who can't participate in Relay—such as family members living out of town—to donate.
"They can't participate physically in Relay but they want to contribute," Bair said.

Weekend filled with Relay for Life fundraisers

May 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT — This weekend is full of ways to contribute to Relay for Life while having fun. Relay for Life will be June 17-18 at Blackfoot High School.
Two fundraising events are happening at the Downtown Dance Studio show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The Laura VanOrden/Cindy Campbell Team will be selling roses for $5 for dancers at the Downtown Dance Studio performances at Blackfoot High School.
The Rotary of Blackfoot Relay team will also be selling raffle tickets for a free year of dance with Downtown Dance at the show.

May 18th

SR trustees wind up school year

May 18, 2011

THOMAS — Because the date of the Snake River budget hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, the date of the annual meeting needed to be rescheduled.
As required by Idaho State Law, the annual meeting needs to be scheduled within 28 days of the budget hearing. So, the date of the annual meeting has been set for Wednesday, July 6.
Wally Aldous was elected to represent Zone 2 as the school board trustee.
The district's retirement reception is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Snake River High School cafeteria. Eleven individuals will be honored.

Flooding continues along Snake River

May 18, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Flooding continued on the Snake River in Bingham County as the river passed moderate flood stage Wednesday. Water from the river is flooding nearby farms and is threatening homes.
At 5:15 p.m. Wednesday the Snake River at Blackfoot rose to 11.34 feet. Moderate flood stage is 11 feet. In Shelley, the river peaked at 12.5 feet Wednesday evening—major flood stage. The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley. The river is expected to fall slightly Thursday, then remain above flood stage through next week.

May 17th

Firth levy fails: New faces elected to local school boards

May 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Voters defeated a supplemental levy request in Firth and elected a few new faces to local school boards.
Voters in the Firth School District defeated the request for a two-year, $300,000 supplemental levy. More than 43 percent of registered voters in the Firth School District cast their vote, with 45.2 percent supporting the levy—a difference of 80 votes. A simple majority was needed to pass the levy.
Firth officials hoped to use the levy funds to reduce the impact of state budget cuts.

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