As I've said the past few weeks, I think the gap between the top 7-8 teams and the rest of the field seems to be growing. A lot of teams lost near the bottom of my ballot last week, and though I would have been fine only ranking 20 teams this week, we're required to submit 25.
Meridian, Idaho – February 16, 2015 After three years of actively considering options for Starlight Mountain Theatre, owner R. Ed Davis finalized a partnership agreement with The Bolton Company. The deal, which has been in the works since last September, strengthens the theatre company and allows for growth in the coming years in exchange for an ownership stake.
So, you have heard about the Red Cross holding a Blood Drive and wondered, “What's that all about?” Let me give you a quick overview. Almost every day of the week Red Cross Collection Teams spread out across the country to collect blood. There is a huge need and often blood supplies are very low. The blood that people donate is used in a number of ways to help accident victims, to help fight disease and for medical research.
When I was a student at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, I spent a semester as a student reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And one of the crime reporters (the “Strib,” as it’s known, has more crime reporters than the Idaho Press-Tribune has total reporters) once told me something that stuck with me: “A good day at work for a crime reporter is by definition the worst day of someone else’s life.”
It’s been said sometimes you dig a $100 hole for a $10 tree. While you probably won’t get a tree for $10, taking time to plant correctly will make all the difference in the health and longevity of your new tree.
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Skyview High School English teacher Kellie Hannum gets a hug from Nampa School District superintendent Gary Larsen after winning the secondary school teacher of the year award May 6, 2010, at Lone Star Middle School.
“At the time of Gary’s hiring 18 years ago, the Nampa School District was struggling. Gary was hired to improve the academic progress of our schools. He faced a long, difficult challenge with courage and determination. He used proven research based methods which were tailored to the demographics of our community. Over time he completely changed the framework of education in the Nampa Schools and the results have been impressive. Gary’s depth of knowledge in regards to education was incredible. I loved to listen to him explaining why they were using a certain teaching strategy. He would start with brain research, analysis of how the primary language affects math skills, how emotional and attitude status affects whether or not a lesson will be learned or rejected by the brain. It is unfortunate that more of the community never got the chance to really get to know him. He was a very good superintendent and did a very good job.”
District hires new financial officer months after previous one submits resignation
For several months leading up to the announcement of a $2.8 million shortfall, the position of Nampa School District financial officer remained unfilled.
Immediately after discovering the deficit, district officials hired Michelle Yankovich, a certified public accountant, to ensure similar mistakes wouldn’t happen again.
The previous financial officer resigned in January.
And that wasn’t the only turnover in the district’s accounting staff in the past year. Earlier this year, former school district accountant Danielle Sisayaket filed a lawsuit against the district, saying she was fired for raising concerns about how the district was handling public funds. Sisayaket told the Idaho Press-Tribune in March that she reported several instances of questionable accounting practices to her superiors, and was subsequently fired in September 2011.
District officials said an investigation revealed no evidence of financial wrongdoing, and Sisayaket’s position was eliminated because of state budget cuts.
The trial is scheduled to take place April 2013.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
Aug. 14: $2.8 million shortfall announced after accounting mistakes found.Supply and substitute teacher budgets slashed.
Aug. 19: Nampa School Board trustees back Superintendent Gary Larsen.
Aug. 20: Certified Public Accountant Michelle Yankovich starts as district's new financial officer.
Aug. 28: Nampa voters approve $1.6 million per year, two-year school levy.
Sept. 6: Schools turn to community for help in supply crisis.
Sept. 6: District moves $260,000 dollars from general fund to substitute budget.
Sept. 12: Board members OK use of volunteer substitutes, but that still won't cover steep cuts.
Sept. 21: District will receive $235,612 in emergency levy money because attendance is up by 50 students district-wide.
Sept. 24: Larsen submits a letter of resignation to the board.
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:06 am
Updated: 6:08 pm, Tue Jun 11, 2013.