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January 30th, 2012

D55 trustees vote no on Crane's contract extension

January 30, 2012

The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees failed to pass a motion to extend Superintendent Scott Crane’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.

January 29th

Scouts learn leadership at Klondike Derby

January 30, 2012

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.
“Plans are refined as the time gets closer,” Burtenshaw said. “I went to the Internet to come up with activities.”

District 55 to begin implementation of tech plan soon

January 30, 2012

BLACKFOOT — 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.

January 27th

'Brigadoon' set coming together at Nuart

January 28, 2012

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.

No hearing needed for charter school

January 28, 2012

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.

Police Log

January 27, 2012

Items of note from Jan. 23-24.

Blackfoot Police

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.

January 26th

Brady receives CenturyLink grant for technology

January 27, 2012

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.

Students donate books in memory of child

January 27, 2012

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.

D55 board postpones calendar decision; charter petition referred to state

January 27, 2012

The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees plan to gather additional input from parents, teachers and students before making a decision on the 2012-2013 school year calendar.
At issue is when to start and end the school year—in August or September and before or after Memorial Day.
A survey conducted in November that was emailed to parents only received 127 responses. The same survey will be distributed at elementary parent teacher conferences in the coming weeks and to students at secondary schools in February.

January 25th

Local man sentenced for strangulation

January 26, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Erik Matthew Nava, age 27, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in the Idaho State Penitentiary by Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson. Nava's sentence is for not less than five years and not more than 12 years in the state penitentiary. He can seek help in the penitentiary if he asks for it.
Nava was also fined $1,000. He was given credit for 81 days served in the Bingham County Jail.
The felony charge of attempted strangulation against Nava was because Nava choked/ strangled his girlfriend for an hour to an hour and a half, said Chief Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith.

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