Trustees Set Bond Election For March 10, 2015
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 School,
Heating unit upgrades at Seltice, Frederick Post, and Mullan Trail Elementary Schools,
Energy efficient remodels at Mullan Trail and Frederick Post Kindergarten,
School security upgrades throughout the district .................................. $ 1,000,000
TOTAL ......................... $19,500,000
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.
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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.
PFHS and PFMS Receive $100,000 Khan Academy Grants
Post Falls School District has been awarded two $50,000 Khan Academy Grants funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. One grant will outfit three Post Falls High School classrooms with Chromebook computers that are used to give students access to advanced math practice lessons via the Khan Academy. The second grant will provide Chromebooks for three Post Falls Middle School classrooms to allow middle school students access to the Khan Academy math materials. PFHS received a $50,000 grant last year to pilot the program. The PFHS staff members that were involved in the project were recognized for their exceptional work by the foundation during a ceremony in May. These teachers were then invited to apply for the additional grants for this upcoming school year.
Two Schools Receive $450,000 Tech Grants
Mullan Trail Elementary School and Ponderosa Elementary Schools have been awarded grants through the Idaho Technology Pilot Program. Mullan Trail will receive $204,000 and Ponderosa will receive $250,000. The money will be used to fund innovative technology projects in both schools that if successful can be replicated in other schools around the state. The Idaho State Legislature set aside $3,000,000 for this project and 99 grants were submitted for consideration from across Idaho, totaling over $26,000,000. A total of 15 grants were ultimately funded out of the 99 requests and two came from Post Falls School District.
To be eligible, a pilot project had to be a full integration model and designed to improve student academic growth and financial efficiencies throughout the entire school. The project had to be scalable to other schools and demonstrate sustainability statewide after the technology pilot period ends. The 15 grant awards were selected by a committee of education stakeholders in a “blind” process.
Mullan Trail Elementary, Post Falls School District: $204,464.80
Mullan Trail Elementary wants to become Idaho’s first “Google School.” The goal of this “Google School” is to assist teachers in improving student achievement and engagement by utilizing technology to deliver unique, authentic and challenging lessons specific to their students’ interests, learning styles and abilities. Mullan Trail will purchase and implement Chromebooks, tablets and management systems, Chromecast and other Google accessories to improve student achievement by providing individualized instruction based on real time data. Mullan Trail also intends to use some of the pilot grant funding to install and enhance Wi-Fi and network infrastructure to ensure sustainability. In addition to the technology purchases, Mullan Trail is also making a significant investment in professional development for their teachers and staff.
Ponderosa Elementary School, Post Falls School District: $249,909.60
The Ponderosa Elementary pilot project entitled “G.A.M.E.ON!”, for Going Another Mile to Educate, intends to capitalize on today’s students’ familiarity with digital games and game mechanics. This will help to ignite enthusiasm in the individual student’s desire to “show what they know” and “level up” to more advanced material at their own rate. The intent is to “Gamefy” aspects of education challenging students to master skills and concepts, move on to more challenging levels and be recognized for their achievements. Using a $249,909.60 grant award, the school will purchase Chromebooks and accessories, and utilize Open Educational Resources, Mozilla Open Badges, and personalized content. Students will practice and master reading, writing and mathematics while creating and accessing new, personalized educational content. If a student is struggling with a subject, they can utilize approved, online content such as Khan Academy to progress at their own pace. Advanced students will be able to move on at their own pace as well. Learners will earn digital badges for mastering content based on Idaho Core Standards and will be able to “level up” to new, more challenging content as they demonstrate mastery.