and Staff Participate in Annual Budget Meeting
Falls School District conducted its annual District Budget Prioritization
Meeting on April 22. The purpose of the meeting
is to give staff and patrons the opportunity to provide input on the development
of the fiscal year 2015 budget.
Approximately 40 individuals attended this year’s meeting, and each site
administrator spoke about some identified needs at their school or department.
All the attendees had an opportunity to participate in an advisory vote
regarding those budget needs. The Board
of Trustees and the district administration will address the identified priorities
in planning the budget for the 2014-2015 year.
The top priorities are
to add elementary
computer lab aides, add a behavioral specialist, provide materials for the SBAC
and curricular alignment, provide
professional development and training
for the SBAC, address building maintenance, consider a different New
Vision Alternative School site, upgrade computers and maintain or increase
salaries and benefits for all staff. The
budget hearing for fiscal year 2015 will take place during the regular Board of
Trustees meeting on June 9, 2014.
Reverse Job Fair a Major Success
March 26 more than 250 Post Falls High School, New Vision Alternative High
School and Genesis Prep senior students participated in the annual Post Falls
Chamber of Commerce Reverse Job Fair. The Reverse Job Fair is an event in which
students conduct research for a career field they are most interested in after
graduation. The students create a portfolio and display that they present on
the day of the event, and then are given the opportunity to practice their
interview skills with professionals in their chosen career field. Approximately 150 business professionals
representing a variety of occupations were on hand to meet with and interview
the students regarding their chosen occupation. In turn the students
interviewed the adults to gather more information. The following fourteen scholarships were
awarded to the top performing students.
North Idaho College $1,000 Emily Christensen, Genesis Prep
North Idaho College $1,000 Devin Dresser, Post Falls High School
North Idaho Manufacturing Consortium $1,000 Kalyla Glasgow, Post
Falls High School
Kootenai Health $500 Christina Duran, Post Falls High School
Post Falls Chamber of Commerce $500 Sydnee Hancock, Post Falls
Post Falls Chamber RCLA $500 Justin White, Post Falls High School
STCU $500 Moesha Gray, Post Falls High School
North Idaho Higher Education $500 Colton Gardner, Post Falls High
Idaho Forest Group $500 Nicole Dutton, Post Falls High School
Post Falls School District $500 Amy Nelson, Post Falls High
Express Employment Professionals $500 Jordan Hargrave, Post Falls
Local 2856 Firefighters $500 Jacob Driscoll, Post Falls High
Local 2856 Firefighters $500 Ryan Chisum, Genesis Prep
Post Falls Rotary $250 Megan Garber, Post Falls High School
Arnold Named American Legion Educator of the Year
Post Falls High School
Counselor Mike Arnold was recently named the American Legion Educator of the
Year. Mr. Arnold started his educational
career nearly 40 years ago and has been a Guidance Counselor at PFHS for the
past 20 years. His responsibilities include helping students set the class
schedule that will be the most helpful for them to achieve their high school
academic goals as well as plan for future education and the world of work. Mr. Arnold has helped numerous students that
plan to enlist in military service stay focused and meet the criteria for
entry. He has provided assistance to
over 6000 students during his years of service.
Congratulations Mr. Arnold!
Post Falls Students Show that Math is Cool!
Post Falls School District middle school students were
recently involved in a regional math competition at Mount Spokane High
School. They competed with Division 2 Washington schools.
Congratulations to the following talented students and teachers Lori Stephens
and Ann Cunningham: Ali Carpenter,
Corbin Cockerill, Isabelle Doyle, Colby Gennett, Jackson Headley, Kaydin
Henderson, Carson Jacobsen, Tatum Jones, Madigan Landrum, Alex McCabe, Terrell
Mitchell, Kayla Mueller, Keeley Nelson, Micah Sharples, Laney Smith, Rachel
Taggart, Jacob Vasquez and Mary Wiecks.
Qualifying for Math Counts state competition is Dane Ford, Hannah Maag,
Brock Zeller and Dalynn Kenerson.
Armstrong Selected as a Community Star
Sid Armstrong, Post Falls School District Director of Business Services, was recently chosen as a Community Star for his service to the community. The award, given by Panhandle State Bank, includes $1000 that the recipient can donate to a charitable organization of his/her choice. Mr. Armstrong selected the Post Falls Food Bank to receive the donation. Mr. Armstrong has served several terms as the President of the Post Falls Rotary Civic Club as well has delivering meals on wheels to seniors for over a decade. These are just two of his many long term volunteer activities that has helped make Post Falls a better place.