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Legislature stops short of ‘levy cliff,’ bill goes to Inslee for signature

Legislature stops short of ‘levy cliff,’ bill goes to Inslee for signature

Educators across the state seem relieved after the Legislature voted to avoid the “levy cliff” on March 9. The House passed SB 5023 with 87 in support and 10 opposed after the Senate approved the bill with 48 in support and one opposed. The bill will freeze the current levy lid at 28 percent until 2019;...
Liberty Bell incident puts spotlight on emergency response planning

Liberty Bell incident puts spotlight on emergency response planning

Methow Valley School District staff were already updating an emergency response plan when a frightening and unprecedented situation involving a student erupted in early January at Liberty Bell High School. The situation was handled by paramedics from Aero Methow Rescue Service, who …
District gets an earful on weapons policies

District gets an earful on weapons policies

Methow Valley School District administrators continue to get fallout — and also praise — for their handling of an incident where a sixth-grader brought a pellet gun to school. Four parents attended the school board meeting on Wednesday …
Gun incident at school spurs debate of district actions, policies

Gun incident at school spurs debate of district actions, policies

The expulsion of a sixth-grade student who brought an airsoft pellet gun to school last week has stirred debate among parents about how the school administration handled the incident, and about the timing of how students’ …
School district applies for Int’l Baccalaureate candidacy

School district applies for Int’l Baccalaureate candidacy

The Methow Valley School District is applying to be a candidate for two International Baccalaureate (IB) programs — the primary years program for kindergarten through sixth grade and middle years program for seventh through 10th grade.
School district info meeting draws IB skeptics – and supporters

School district info meeting draws IB skeptics – and supporters

In a sometimes-divisive public meeting, some parents said the Methow Valley School District’s proposal to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) program would finally make school exciting, while others said it …
April ballot will have levies for school facilities and buses

April ballot will have levies for school facilities and buses

Voters will decide whether to provide money to the Methow Valley School District for facilities upgrades and new school buses in two separate levies next month. The Methow Valley School board approved a recommendation from Superintendent Tom Venable on Wednesday (March 11) to put two levies on the April 28 ballot – $4.5 million for...
School district approach to Int’l Baccalaureate stirs controversy

School district approach to Int’l Baccalaureate stirs controversy

With the Methow Valley School District nearing the April 1 deadline to apply to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate, the program — and the district’s process of choosing it — have prompted a sharp debate about what is best for students.
Legislature in contempt over school funding

Legislature in contempt over school funding

By Marcy Stamper
Saying that the Legislature has not made enough progress in devising a plan to adequately fund basic education, the state Supreme Court has declared the lawmakers in contempt of court.
Board postpones levy request

Board postpones levy request

By Marcy Stamper

The Methow Valley School Board unanimously supported a recommendation by School District Superintendent Tom Venable not to take action on two levies under consideration—for facilities improvements and transportation—at …