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2008-08-05 12:00:40

By Julian Emerson, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis. Aug. 5--Former Eau Claire school district Superintendent Bill Klaus' future with the district remains a mystery despite the fact the school board on Monday reached a decision regarding his employment. The decision marks an apparent resolution to the controversial Klaus contract saga that has prompted school board and police investigations and led to the resignation of Personnel Director Jim Kling and possibly Klaus' dismissal....

2008-08-05 06:00:38

By Katy Murphy State Administrator Vincent Matthews, who authorized the election, acknowledged that the initiative "isn't perfect." He said teachers were at "the heart" of the district's reform efforts, and that it was critical to be able to offer prospective and existing hires pay packages competitive with those of nearby urban districts. "It is important for the district to take action at this time," Matthews said, as some members of the audience groaned in disapproval. The tense...

2008-08-05 06:00:38

By Susan Evans, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Aug. 5--EBENSBURG -- Despite pleas from a crowd of about 100, a majority of Central Cambria school board members stood firm in their earlier vote to abandon the middle school concept and send seventh- and eighth-graders to the high school. After listening to more than a dozen teachers and parents who want to keep grades 6, 7 and 8 together, the board voted for a third time on the controversy -- and the results were the same. When...

2008-08-04 15:00:45

By MORGAN JOSEY GLOVER The new superintendent of Guilford County Schools made clear to parents, educators and taxpayers in late July that he has no specific agenda for tackling the system's largest challenges during the next four years. Those challenges include improving academic achievement, raising the graduation rate, attracting and retaining employees, fostering safe learning environments and building the district's next generation of schools on schedule and within budget. However,...

2008-08-04 12:01:14

By Kristina Andino, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 4--Nine Eastern Iowa school districts were among 60 that received reminder letters at the end of last school year from the Iowa Department of Education that they could be entering dangerous financial waters. A school cannot legally spend more money in a year than it has in "spending authority" -- like the limit on a credit card. But the 60 districts that received letters in March were on track to do just that when the financial...

2008-08-02 00:00:26

By JOHN MARTIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. Superintendent Vincent Bertram is proposing increasing pay for substitute teachers during the coming school year. EVSC's pay, $45 for a noncertified teacher and $50 for a certified teacher, often is criticized as too low and not competitive with other area schools. Bertram wants the amount bumped to $65 for a noncertified teacher and $70 for a certified teacher....

2008-08-01 09:00:49

By Greg Phillips, Dothan Eagle, Ala. Aug. 1--Houston County schools are facing overcrowding and safety issues, but the school board is in the process of fixing those issues, according to Houston County Schools Superintendent Tim Pitchford. The school board is currently researching and developing plans for new schools and improvements to existing facilities. "We're full. We don't have anywhere to put new students," Pitchford said. "At wicksburg and rehobeth, we're maxed out. That's...

2008-08-01 06:00:39

By Beth L. Jokinen, The Lima News, Ohio Aug. 1--ELIDA -- The final site for the new Elida High School is the one school officials have wanted all along. At a special meeting Wednesday, the school board approved paying $914,780 for 55 acres of land west of the middle school near Baxter and North streets. Superintendent Don Diglia said the board looked at the land two years ago, but it was not available for sale. The district then moved on with plans to build on land purchased in 2001...

2008-08-01 06:00:35

By Beth L. Jokinen, The Lima News, Ohio Aug. 1--PANDORA -- Pandora-Gilboa school employees have agreed to pay more for their insurance in the coming years, but will continue to see wage increases. The school board and classified employees most recently agreed to a three-year contract, with an extension for a fourth year. It took just one quick meeting to reach a tentative deal. The board and teachers came to the same agreement in June. Both teachers and classified staff will receive a...

2008-08-01 03:00:29

By Monica Rodriguez POMONA - The school board has agreed to place a $235million bond measure before voters. Pomona Unified school board members voted 3-1 Thursday to place the item on the Nov. 4 ballot. Board member Andrew Wong dissented. Superintendent Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana said many of the projects the bond would be used for have been suggested by parents and community members. "We have worked with the community," she said. "We heard loud and clear from our parents." Wong...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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