Wolf Point Herald

BNSF Foundation Awards $50,000 In Grants For Graduation Matters in Eastern Montana

Montana Superintendent of Schools Denise Juneau, who founded and designed the Graduation Matters Montana program, along with officials from BNSF Railway, awarded $50,000 in grants to further local Graduation Matters programs to the Wolf Point School District and three others in eastern Montana at Dawson Community College in Glendive Thursday, Oct. 2.
Graduation Matters encourages students to remain in school and graduate and improves college and career readiness.
In addition to the grant that will help the Graduation Matters program at Wolf Point High School, grants were also awarded for the Graduation Matters programs at Glasgow, Sidney and Glendive schools.
Each community is creating a plan for the grant which includes activities such as: partnering with local colleges to offer or expand dual credit opportunities, offering financial literacy courses, expanding career exploration opportunities, creating programs that allow students to graduate with a certification or a two-year associate’s degree, reducing credit deficiencies, and supporting smooth transitions from junior high to high school.
“BNSF knows how critical it is that we graduate students from high school who are prepared for college and the workforce,” Juneau said. “This partnership with BNSF, area colleges, and local high schools is providing us with a great opportunity to implement strategies that better equip students to succeed in life after high school and meet future workforce needs.”
“The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to support Graduation Matters Montana and the innovative efforts these four communities are making to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s workforce,” said BNSF spokesperson Matt Jones.
The BNSF Railway Foundation supports communities by funding a wide variety of arts and social service organizations and college scholarship programs. Since 2000, the BNSF Railway Foundation has contributed over $46 million to educational, cultural and other worthy programs in communities it serves.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules That Past Tribal Court Convictions Might Not be Admissible In Federal Court

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Helena that previous tribal court convictions might not be admissible in federal courts as proof of criminal history.
The ruling by the three-judge panel came in a 2011 Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court case in Montana and dismissed two domestic assault counts in a case where the defendant did not have an attorney, nullifying two convictions under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a defendant the right to an attorney.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Montana argued that the U.S. Constitution does not govern tribal courts.

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Frontier School Struggles Finding Bus Drivers -- New Principal, Two Teachers Resign

With 54 families living outside the Frontier School District, most in Wolf Point, having to transport their children to and from school because of a shortage of bus drivers, the school board addressed filling the positions as soon as possible, Monday, Oct. 6.
A bus driver retired at the end of the last school year, leaving a void that the district could not fill. Bus drivers work part-time split shifts unless they do other jobs at the school.
The school district has only been able to provide bus transportation within the Frontier district.
Adding to Frontier’s woes, Mike Maples, who was hired in April to become the new principal at the start of the current school year, resigned. He relocated to Wolf Point and began working during the late summer, as did his wife, music teacher Debbie Maples. Both resigned due to health reasons in late September and will return to Tennessee, where they are from.
School board member James Jerome and teacher Sheryl Estes also both resigned in September. The reasons for those resignations were not stated.
It appears that the bus driver position is now filled, as well as a new principal and teacher, pending background checks for new hires.
Jack O’Neil, a veteran principal with more than 30 years experience in Colorado and South Dakota, was recently promoted to principal. O’Neil was hired as clerk and business manager over a year ago.
The board approved the hiring of: Tina Strauser, long-term substitute teacher [replacing Debbie Maples for the current school year]; Bif Loucks, substitute for all personnel; Heather Snell, bus driver and substitute for all personnel; and Jeremy Azure, grades five and six boys’ basketball coach. All are pending background checks.
The school board meeting, Monday, Oct. 6, was held early because of the need to fill positions and replaces the regular meeting that had been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 13.
Following the adjournment of the meeting, the board reconvened the meeting to appoint Bill Pew to fill an open position on the board. Pew will serve until the school election in the spring, at which time he would need to run for election.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10.

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Hwy. 2 Association Meeting Next Week

 


The Highway 2 Association fall meeting has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow.
Montana Department of Transportation director Mike Tooley will be the speaker.
“We are pleased that Director Tooley will be the guest speaker as he is our connection to Governor Steve Bullock,” Highway 2 Association president Bob Sivertsen said.
The Highway 2 Association has been a strong proponent of 4 For 2 [four lanes on U.S. Hwy. 2] since its inception in 2001. The purpose is to achieve the upgrading of U.S. Hwy. 2 to enhance economic development and improve safety.
“An adequate transportation system has never been more important than now. Energy development and a strong ag sector has increased traffic dramatically on Hwy. 2,” Sivertsen said. A prime rib sandwich with grilled asparagus, potatoes, salad and dessert, will be served at noon. There will be a fee for the meal.
Those attending should RSVP by Monday, Oct. 13, by calling 262-2346.
More information is available at www.Hwy2MT.org.

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Clean Sweep Continues Through Saturday

 

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Fall Clean Sweep continues through Saturday, Oct. 11. Northside Elementary School Junior Optimist Litter Critters (left to right) Penny Comes Last, Laci Ackerman and Alexis Baker remind Wolf Point residents that a few people working for less than an hour can make a big difference in the appearance of our community. They clean trash after school once or twice each week.  (Submitted photo)

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