Trojan Wrestlers Bring Home the Gold
The Post Falls High School Wrestling Team won the 5A State Championship last weekend in Pocatello. The Trojan scored 256 points as compared to 190 for second place Bonneville. Coach Pete Reardon, Idaho 5A Coach of the Year, stated that “it was an entire team effort”. The Trojans had 11 wrestlers place in the tourney that included the following state champions:
126 lb. Drake Foster
132 lb. Tyler Wolf
138 lb. Alius Delarosa
182 lb. Seth Mcleod
285 lb. Justin Farnsworth
Celebrate Reading Evening a Success
Post Falls School District kicked off the Read Across America week by hosting a Celebrate Reading Evening at River City Middle School. All of the five elementary school Title One Reading Programs come together to provide a fun and educational evening with numerous games and activities for children. Families that attended were also treated to dinner that was served by the district elementary school principals. A big thank you goes out to the Title One staff for their effort putting on this event. A highlight of the evening was the appearance of Dr. Seuss’ Cat In The Hat.
Trustees Set Bond and Supplemental Levy Election For
March 10, 2015
Bond Levy Information:
The Post Falls School District Board of Trustees approved a motion to
conduct a Bond Levy Election that, if approved, will provide funding for
several school facility projects. The district is seeking $19.5 million to
construct the following projects:
New Elementary School ................................................................................. $10,000,000
* This project will relieve student overcrowding at
Prairie View and Ponderosa Elementary Schools
Second Story Classroom Addition - River City Middle School ............ $4,000,000
* Currently River City Middle School has 570 students
enrolled in a building designed for 525.
Performing Arts Auditorium and Auxiliary Gymnasium
at Post Falls High School ............................................................................... $4,500,000
* Two Classroom Addition at West Ridge Elementary
* Heating unit upgrades at Seltice, Frederick Post,
and Mullan Trail Elementary
* Energy efficient remodels at Mullan Trail and
Frederick Post Kindergarten
* School security upgrades throughout the district .............................. $ 1,000,000
TOTAL ......................... $19,500,000
Replacement Supplemental Levy Information:
The Post Falls School District Board of Trustees approved a recommendation for a replacement supplemental levy election to be held on March 10, 2015. The replacement levy amount, if approved by patrons, will be $4,655,000 per year. The current supplemental levy expires on June 30, 2015. Post Falls School District patrons have approved a supplemental levy every two years for the past 29 years.
What is a supplemental levy?
Idaho school districts have the ability to “supplement” the basic budget revenue they receive from the state by asking local school district patrons to vote to approve an additional amount. A simple majority of local patrons can approve a supplemental levy request. The money the district receives from a supplemental levy “supplements” the basic state appropriation.
Why do we need a replacement of the current supplemental levy?
The state has reduced the school district’s funding by $2,800,000 since 2009. As a result, the district has had to reduce its budget. The district made and continues to make student programming its number one priority. As a result, many needs have been unmet including the updating of textbooks and materials, updating the bus fleet and the improvement of technology, to name a few. The supplemental levy will be used to address these issues as well as maintain current educational opportunities for our students.
How can the school district increase the levy amount without increasing taxes?
The district will pay off the bonds used to construct West Ridge Elementary School. The restructure of other district construction bonds will create the opportunity to increase the supplemental levy without increasing taxes for local patrons.
How does Post Falls School District compare with other school districts’ supplemental levy amount?
Even with the increase to the supplemental levy, Post Falls School District has the lowest per student supplement levy amount in the area and one of the lowest in the state. The average supplemental levy rate per student in the area is $1,850 as compared to $754 in Post Falls School District.
Post Falls School District taxes will not be increased as a result of this proposal.
This is possible due to the refinancing of existing bonds and the retirement
of the bond used to construct West Ridge Elementary School.
To access the Kootenai County Election Website click here
For Further Information Regarding the Bond and Supplemental Levy Election click here.
Specific questions regarding the election can be directed to:
Jerry Keane: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sid Armstrong: email@example.com
Donagene Turnbow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Lippert: email@example.com
Bonnie Beaulieu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glorie Ward: email@example.com
Carol Goodman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robotic Teams Take State Awards
Teams of Post Falls Middle School and River City Middle School students recently walked away with numerous awards from the State and Regional Robotics Competition held at the University of Idaho.
Post Falls Middle School:
Titanium 7 (6th grade) – second place for their project
Post Falls Elite (7/8th grade) – 2nd place judge’s trophy for robot presentation and 1st place robot design trophy
River City Middle School:
Radiant Robotics (6th grade) – 2nd place robot design trophy
Spectacular 6 (8th grade) – 2nd place Core Values trophy
Post Falls Millennials (7th grade) – won the Grand Championship Trophy!
Post Falls Millennials (7/8th grade) – 1st place mechanical design
Spectacular 6 (8th Grade) – 1st place Strategy and Innovation
Six teams from Post Falls went to state, three from each of our two Middle Schools.
Trustee Candidacy Forms Available at District Office
Declaration of Candidacy and Petition of Candidacy forms for the May 19, 2015, trustee election are now available at the Post Falls School District Administrative Office, 206 W. Mullan Avenue, Post Falls, and at the Kootenai County Elections Office, 1808 N. 3rd Street, Coeur d’Alene. The positions for trustee zones 2 and 3 are up for election. Trustee terms of office are four years. Patrons interested in running for the office of trustee must live in the zone for which they are declaring and must be a registered voter in Kootenai County. The deadline for declarations and petitions of candidacy is 5:00pm on March 20, 2015. Idaho Code provides for write-in candidates who must also declare their candidacy with the Clerk of the Board. The deadline for write-in candidates is April 3, 2015. For more information please contact Erin Butler, Clerk of the Board of Trustees, 773-1658.
Snowshoes and Shovels, Area Mountains
Become Classroom for a Day
Post Falls High School students are ditching the classroom and heading to the mountains to learn about snowpack and its effect on water quality and drought. The Confluence Project takes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to the next level, exposing students to the applications of science as it relates to the watershed and their community through field-based experiments.
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, students from Post Falls High School will travel to Mount Spokane and snowshoe a couple miles up the mountain to the Bald Knob shelter. Working in teams, they will dig large snow pits, collecting data about the snow pack and moisture levels.
The Confluence Project is an innovative partnership model of environmental education developed by the University of Idaho’s Waters of the West program in conjunction with the Lands Council and experts from government agencies and the private sector.
Students participate in three field experiences within their watersheds and develop an integrative picture of local water resources and how they affect the community. Students will design projects from these experiences that focus on developing solutions to local water resource problems.
Post Falls High School teacher Cindy Rust received grants from the Captain Planet Foundation and Target to purchase snow science equipment and to fund the field trip.
PFHS Vocal Music Students Receive Awards
Twenty one Post Falls High School Choir students have recently received prestigious awards. Nine students were selected to the All Northwest Choir and twelve students were selected as part of the Idaho All State Choir. Only 47 Idaho students were selected to the All Northwest Choir. Students must submit recordings of their vocals and are blindly judged by an expert panel. Post Falls High School Vocal Music Instructor, John Kracht, stated “our students are not only some of the best in the state but in the entire Northwest”.
All Northwest Choir Idaho All State Choir
Kyra Dean Alexis Miller
Mersaides Ellis Abby Tenny
Robin Graf Tayor Mindon
Megan Larsen Timmy Short
Michael MacDonald Sara Wegner
Shelby Risdon Victoria Evans
Lindsey Roylance Trevor Barlow
Tanner Short Jacob Nairn
Kendra St. Pierre Kurt Roush
Also, Ben Gibson, Clarinet, was named to the All Northwest Band and to the Idaho All State Band.
MealTime Online Now Available
Post Falls School District School Nutrition Services is proud to announce that MealTime Online is now available in our district. Parents have the opportunity to set up an account for free to view their student’s meal account balance and transaction history. Parents may also sign up to be e-mailed automatically when student balances get low. MealTime Online also provides the convenience of making deposits to student meal accounts using a VISA, MasterCard or Discover card online. Payments made with credit or debit online are subject to a 4.9% processing fee per transaction. It is important to note that payments may still be made by cash or check at the school kitchens or by mail for no additional fee.
Visit the Food Service tab (top of this page) for more information and guidelines for setting up your MealTime Online account. Please feel free to contact the School Nutrition Office at (208)773-1625 if you have any questions regarding MealTime Online.
Winter Weather May Cause School Closures
On occasion it is necessary for school to be cancelled because of inclement weather. The district will provide up-to-date information regarding potential closures on the home page of this website. Other emergency information can be found under Current Emergencies on the district website. In most cases, the decision to keep school open or to close school will be made by 5:30am.
The district takes very seriously any safety related issues for students, staff, parents and patrons caused by severe weather. The district Transportation Supervisor assesses the current driving conditions prior to 5:30am and is in contact with the Idaho State Police and officials with the City of Post Falls and the Post Falls Highway District to gather information regarding road conditions. The Superintendent and the Transportation Supervisor will review the available road condition information and will drive various roads to see first hand the current driving conditions.
The Superintendent will make the decision whether to conduct school or not. If the decision is to close school, the local media will be contacted immediately. The district provides the information to KXLY, KVNI, KCDA, KISS, KDRK radio and KREM-2, KXLY-4 AND KHQ-6 television stations. The district will also utilize the SchoolMessenger notification system for parents with texting capabilities on their cell phones who have opted in to the SchoolMessenger system.
Ford Receives 2015 District Leadership Award
Assistant Superintendent Becky Ford was recently named the recipient of the Idaho Association of School Administrator’s prestigious “District Leadership” award. The purpose of this award is to recognize practicing Idaho Superintendents or Assistant Superintendents who have modeled positive effects in promoting public school education in the state of Idaho. The recipient of the award is selected, in part, based on their contributions related to: advancing classroom instructional practices, the facilitation of integrating new technology into classrooms, the maintenance of a self-appraising, goal-based management system for principals, and the modeling of professional behavior that promotes the development of positive school climates and respect for the profession.
“Mrs. Ford is an outstanding educational professional and this award is long overdue”, said Board of Trustees Chair, Donagene Turnbow. “The staff, parents and especially the students of Post Falls School District are lucky to have a leader of Becky’s caliber in their lives. She is and has truly made a positive difference for our schools, staff and children”.
Mrs. Ford has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools since 2001. Prior to 2001 she held the position of Director of Elementary Programs and was the principal at Prairie View and Frederick Post Elementary Schools. She holds an Educational Specialist Degree from Washington State University.