- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Culbertson School principal Mike Olson gave a technology report to the Culbertson School board during a heavily attended regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Olson notified the board of his interest in beginning the process of transitioning the school email to Google for Education, saying it would streamline communication and give teachers more options for their classrooms.
The school plans to try out an Epson Brightlink projector system, which is similar to the Smartboard but without the board. It is half the price of a normal Smartboard.
Internet will be disconnected at the old Armory as a new system has become available to allow the school to communicate with the camera door lock system with no monthly fee.
Gaffaney’s is continuing to streamline the school’s Sonic Wall and connection issues with non-domain devices.
Superintendent Larry Crowder gave his report, saying that the 2015-2016 ESEA Federal Programs Application, the 2015-2016 Federal Carl Perkins Application, Part III of the Title VII Grant, the TEAMS accreditation report for OPI and the Title I Audit Report have all been completed.
He also gave a project update on the south elementary addition. The window installation and the brick work are complete and the roof is being installed. All interior walls on the bottom floor have been installed. The electrical, HVAC and plumbing are going in on the lower floor before the insulation and sheet rocking occur.
Cindy Burton of Antelope has been hired as a guest teacher.
The school’s high school math teacher, Lori Roys, told the board that she plans to resign at the end of the 2015-2016 school year so she can move closer to her family.
“I have learned so much from everyone here — administrators, staff and students. It has been an enriching experience and I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to be the high school math teacher. The school and the kids provide an overwhelmingly positive experience,” Roys wrote in a letter to the board. “I am letting you know at the early date to provide as much time as possible to find these amazing kids a math teacher for next year.”
David Solem, activities director, mentioned that there are currently nine high school girls’ basketball players this year.
“The head coach [Ashley Copple] would like to request eighth-grade students be able to participate in order to have a full high school team, as well as a junior varsity team,” he said.
The next board meeting is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the Culbertson school lunchroom.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
CHS Students Ky Northington and Brennon Bets His Medicine work to unload the many items donated to the Culbertson Food Bank through the Cat/Griz Food Drive held at Culbertson Schools last week. (Submitted photo)
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
TransCanada employees visited the American Legion Hall Culbertson Thursday, Nov. 19, to present a $3,150 check. The proceeds will be used for needed repairs at the Legion Park. Pictured are (from left to right0 Robert Hopkins, David Dean, Harry McCormick, Pat Drescher and Tom Grill.
(Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
The American Legion Post in Culbertson has been accepting donations to go towards repairing, improving access and reopening the Legion Park, which is located along the Missouri River two miles southeast of Culbertson. On Thursday, Nov. 19, two TransCanada employees, Robert Hopkins and Tom Gill, visited with several Legion members and donated a $3,150 check in an effort to assist the Legion in reaching their $30,000 goal.
TransCanada has been giving back to communities in which they operate in for over 60 years. In 2014, TransCanada invested more than $14.6 million to nearly 1,500 non-profit organizations across North America.
The Canadian company does not just build pipelines; they are known to fund initiatives that enable emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively to local needs and focus on emergency preparedness, accident prevention and education and training. They have supported organizations and initiatives that bring communities together, develop leadership and engage citizens. TransCanada works to preserve the environment as well by working with national and local organizations to conserve important habitats, protect the species at risk and educate individuals about the importance of the environment.
Over the years, TransCanada has partnered with organizations in 593 North American communities in 51 provinces, territories and states, supported a variety of environmental initiatives including bird monitoring, tree planting, environmental upgrading and stream habitat restoration. They have invested more than $2.4 million in initiatives related to education and have supported some 133 initiatives to upgrade emergency equipment, expand first responder services and provide training.
The Legion is still accepting donations for the Legion Park project.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Tumbleweed 4H club gathered for their monthly meeting Sunday, Nov. 8, where members discussed the many things they will be doing throughout the 4-H year. There were two activities planned at the meeting. Everyone decorated gingerbread men. They also made a variety of seasonal placemats to be given to the Bainville senior center. In December, they will put up a nativity scene and deliver plates of cookies to local homes. (Submitted photo)
- Written by John Plestina
The federal highway bill that is snaking its way through the Congressional process contains several problematic areas, including funding, according to Montana’s Highway 2 Association president Bob Sivertsen of Havre.
Sivertsen has a proposal that is circulating in Congress and elsewhere.
“The major problems in the current highway bill are the funding proposals by both the House and Senate as well as some of the issues that are attached to highway bill, such as funding for the EX-IMP Bank [Export-Import Bank of the United States].
“My proposal addresses the Highway Trust Fund, the Keystone XL Pipeline and repealing the Oil Export Ban,” Sivertsen said in a statement.
“We have to realize that, it’s not about, ‘What’s good for America’ but what the rich and powerful lobby in D.C. wants. As Will James once stated, ‘We have the best Congress that money can buy,’” he said.
Since its inception in 2001, the Highway 2 Association has been a strong proponent of the “4 For 2” campaign to build a four-lane U.S. Hwy. 2 across the 666 miles that crosses Montana, for an adequate transportation system along the Hi-Line with safety, tourism, agriculture and the enhancement of energy and other economic development cited as reasons for the need.
Sivertsen brought various transportation proposals to meetings in Wolf Point and Culbertson in recent years.
At issue with the “Highway Bill” is a long-term fix to the solvency of the highway trust fund and the need to repair and upgrade highways, bridges, streets, water and sewer.
Sivertsen maintains that while it has been said that $85 billion is required just to maintain infrastructure, $265 billion is needed to play catch-up and upgrade the system.
Sivertsen’s proposal includes that oil or refined products should be exported from the United States unless gas prices are maintained at or below $3 a gallon.
“I’m told, that for every $.10 drop per gallon, it translates into a $3 billion savings to consumers,” he said.
Congress has considered lifting the ban on exporting U.S. oil.
The $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 that was introduced in October is a bi-partisan long-term solution for funding transportations needs that calls for spending $261 billion on highways and $55 billion on transit over six years. It would appropriate between $38.4 billion and $42.5 billion annually through fiscal year 2021.
It passed in the House 363-64 on Nov. 5. Congressman Ryan Zinke, R- Mont., voted in favor of it.
The House passed a short-term fix July 29, and then adjourned for a six-week recess without taking up the Senate’s long-term bill.
The Senate in late October approved a measure to extend federal transportation funding for three weeks. President Barack Obama signed the bill.