First-grade students at Ernest P. Barka Elementary School were treated to a visit from Santa after a reading of the Polar Express and a pancake breakfast last week. The annual event starts in the library with a reading of the holiday classic and ends with students putting in their Christmas wishes with Santa in the school’s cafateria. More photos page 5. Photo by Chris Paul
As we pass through the darkest days of winter and head into the New Year, we traditionally take time to reflect on the year just ending, and resolve to do things differently in the days ahead; and there’s plenty of room to do things differently.
We’ve gone through an acrimonious but decisive election on both the national and state levels. And just before Christmas, we’ve come face to face with the horror that lurks in the minds of men. We’ve seen whole segments of the country and the world devastated by all varieties of unusual storms, riots in the streets over an election, fatal shooting of police officers and adults across this country. It all seems very dark, but we must keep trying to find the light. Continue reading
With the possibility of closing a school as early as the 2019-20 school year, School District administrators presented several scenarios at the Dec. 13 School Board meeting.
The multi-year project came out of a strategic plan that was in response to declining enrollments in the school district, according to officials.
The district has experienced a continued decline in enrollment over the past 10 years, and School Board members are seeking solutions for the district and the community. Continue reading