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FROM THE MOSCOW PULLMAN DAILY NEWS (PASSWORD REQUIRED) Filing periods for school board elections remain open Staff report Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM Incumbent Julia McIlroy remained the only candidate to file for candidacy in the Moscow School District's Zone 1 trustee election as of Friday afternoon. The filing period for the Zone 1 seat ends at 5 p.m. April 18. Zone 1 includes a portion of downtown north of Sixth Street between Main and Van Buren streets, and northeast Moscow east of U.S. Highway 95. The election will take place May 20 unless McIlroy is the only candidate, in which case the election would be canceled. Absentee voting will begin April 22 and end at 5 p.m. May 19. The last day for filing declarations of intent as a write-in candidate is 5 p.m. May 6. Candidate forms are available at the district office at 650 N. Cleveland St., or on the district's Web site, www.sd281.k12.id.us. Candidate filing periods are open in other districts as well: Troy School District Elections for the Zone 1 and Zone 5 trustee seats will take place May 20, unless only one candidate files per seat. The filing period for declarations of candidacy ends April 18 at 5 p.m. James Fry was the only candidate to file a Zone 1 declaration for candidacy as of Friday afternoon. Wendy Fredrickson, who currently holds the Zone 5 trustee position, is expected to run for re- election. Zone 1 includes the area within city limits and Zone 5 includes the area outside city limits. Absentee voting will begin April 30 and end at 4 p.m. May 19. Write-in candidates must file declarations of intent by 5 p.m. May 6. Potlatch School District Candidates are being sought to fill trustee seats in Zone 3 and Zone 5. The filing period for declaration of candidacy ends at 5 p.m. April 18. No candidates had filed for election as of Friday afternoon. Zone 3 includes the area within city limits, and Zone 5 includes the area extending toward Harvard. The election will take place May 20 unless there is only one candidate for each seat. If there are no declarations for candidacy board members will be appointed. Write-in candidates must file declarations of intent by 5 p.m. May 6. Genesee Joint School District Trustee positions are open in Zone 2 and Zone 4. The filing period for declaration of candidacy ends at 5 p.m. April 18. No declarations for candidacy had been filed as of Friday afternoon. Zone 2 includes the area west of U.S. Highway 95 and north of Cow Creek Road to Jackshaw Road. Zone 4 includes the area east of Old U.S. Highway 95 to State Highway 3. The election will take place May 20 unless there is only one candidate for each seat. Absentee voting will begin April 22 and continue until noon May 20. Write-in candidates must file declarations of intent by 5 p.m. May 6. Kendrick-Juliaetta School District Trustee positions are open in Zone 2 and Zone 3. The filing period for declaration of candidacy ends at 5 p.m. April 18. Zone 2 includes Kendrick and a portion of American, Cedar, Big Bear and Little Bear ridges. Zone 3 includes the northern side of Juliaetta and a portion of American Ridge. The election will take place May 20 unless there is only one candidate for each seat. Absentee voting will begin April 22 and continue until noon May 20. Write-in candidates must file declarations of intent by 5 p.m. May 6. Whitepine Joint School District The candidate filing period for the Zone 3 seat currently held by Aaron Proctor closed Friday at 5 p.m. Proctor was the only candidate to file a declaration for candidacy as of Friday afternoon. The election will take place May 20 unless Proctor is the only candidate, in which case the election would be canceled. Absentee voting ballots will begin April 25 and ends at 5 p.m. May 19. The last day for filing declarations of intent as a write-in candidate is 5 p.m. May 6. Her life is a song: Deary teacher tries to instill lifelong love of music in her students By Devin Rokyta, Daily News staff writer Friday, April 11, 2008 - Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM Music runs deep in the Princeton resident Leah Knerr's family history. Her grandmother taught music and English, and her mother played in traveling bands that toured as far away as Scotland. The 36-year-old Knerr has followed in their footsteps by teaching music and Spanish at schools in Deary and Bovill, in addition to playing in several local bands like Moscow's Hog Heaven Big Band. She started teaching at the schools about six years ago after majoring in piano and graduating from the University of Idaho, followed by a part-time music teacher stint in Potlatch. Knerr's profession as a teacher has allowed her to pass along her family's long-running love of music to her many students. For the past six years, she has taught every Deary and Bovill child in kindergarten through sixth grade, in addition to many junior high school and high school students who chose to take a music or choir courses as an elective. "I am in a unique situation," she said. "I have to take responsibility for everything my students know about music and everything they don't know. "If they can't read music when they graduate, it's all my fault." Knerr said real-world economics mean many families can't afford to provide instruments for their children. It's her job to ensure every student who wants one has one. Grants from the Nez Perce tribe has made that possible. "There are very few families in the community who can afford their own equipment," she said. Knerr said the children will benefit from the chance to play music their entire lives. "I believe that musicians are created, not born, and the steps one takes to educate a child in music can be meaningful his or her entire life," she said. Most students enjoy Knerr's classes, although some aren't looking for a well-rounded music education and would rather just play rock 'n' roll. "They don't want to play concert-band type music where they read music," she said. Knerr said her goal is to teach her students not how to play instruments, but how to continue learning and improving throughout their lives. To do that, it is important to teach to each student's individual style and not force a one-style-fits-all method. "I need to meet them at their level and give them the tools to appreciate music their entire lives," she said. Knerr sees her work pay off when a student elects to spend his or her lunchtime or after-school hours in the music room, exploring and creating music. "That's when I know I've passed on a lifelong love of music and have been honored to be part of the creation of a lifelong musician," she said. A few of her students intend to or have majored in music in college. "The most rewarding moment is when a student comes up to me and says, 'I am thinking about studying music in college, what do I do?' " she said. Even though most of her students won't go on to study music in college, most graduate from high school with basic proficiency on at least three different instruments. Knerr said the students deserve all the credit. "The only credit that I can claim is that I provided the instruments and encouragement," she said. Knerr is just happy to know that she has passed the love of music to her students. "I know that I have at least planted some seeds," she said. Devin Rokyta can be reached at (208) 882-5561, ext. 237, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. SCHOOL NEWS Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM Moscow UI students selected for scholarships Bryan J. Wilson of Boise, a mathematics major, and Joshua R. Pohlman of Grand Forks, N.D., a natural resources major, will receive the $7,500, 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Two University of Idaho students are among 321 students across the nation - and the only individuals in Idaho - to receive 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, one of the most prestigious awards available to undergraduates. Pullman Locals named to honor roll Jana Elaine Chapman, Priscilla Marie Minteer of Pullman and Jenna Norene McKnight of Colfax, have qualified for the Central Washington University's Winter quarter 2008 honor roll. Central undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, while carrying at least 12 graded credit hours of study are eligible for the honor roll. Moscow Local teachers recognized The University of Idaho's College of Education will honor Idaho's teachers and the teaching profession at a Celebration of Teaching from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19, in the university's Commons Whitewater/Clearwater rooms. Tammy Sewell of Russell and West Park Elementary in Moscow, Penni Cyr of Moscow, Molly Pannkuk of Moscow and Klaire Vogt of Troy are all being recognized for their contribution to the teaching profession in the area. Workshops will be available. For more information about the event, contact Jody Sharp at (208) 885-6134 or e-mail email@example.com. The College of Education strives to provide excellent educational opportunities, to produce outstanding, useful scholarship, and to conduct relevant outreach to serve the state, the nation and the world. For more information, visit coe.ed.uidaho.edu, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (208) 885-6772. Moscow Law students work to help victims The Victims' Rights Clinic will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14-18, in the College of Law building, room 10, at Sixth and Rayburn streets in Moscow. The Victims' Rights Clinic provides legal representation to victims of crimes ranging from arson to embezzlement, but most often, to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Immediate family members of child victims or homicide victims also are eligible. Clinic students hold limited licenses to practice law, granted by the Idaho Supreme Court. Students participate in the Victims' Rights Clinic for class credit, and work under the supervision of experienced attorneys on the College of Law faculty. Legal services are provided free of charge for all College of Law clinics, and the Victims' Rights clinic has no income eligibility requirement. The clinic also serves clients from Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston and other surrounding areas. Clinic clients have criminal cases pending or being investigated by law enforcement. Cases are selected on merit and on their educational value to students. For more information on how to access these services, or additional information about the College of Law, visit www.law.uidaho.edu. Walk-ins are welcome. Moscow Erb joins NSAC Dr. David Erb will join the New Saint Andrews College faculty as a Fellow of Music beginning with the 2008-09 academic year. Erb has a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Choral Conducting fromt he University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. FROM THE LEWISTON TRIBUNE (PASSWORD REQUIRED) In the Schools Monday, April 14, 2008 Clarkston looks at sharing special education services The Clarkston School Board will review for passage an agreement to share some special education services with other schools. The action will be part of the regular school board meeting at 6 tonight in the district board room, 1294 Chestnut St. The agreement is to enter into a consortium through Educational Service District 123. The consortium of districts would then hire for hard-to-fill special education positions. "This is a money-saving situation for the district," said Superintendent Pete Lewis. The board will review a recent crisis drill held at the high school and discuss district-wide crisis management. Clarkston High School Principal Roger Trail will report on the recent student-led conferences. He will present data comparing the new format to the traditional parent-teacher conferences. He will also present a proposal to change the existing Link Crew program. Currently, upperclassmen meet with freshmen the day before school starts to help them become comfortable at the school. Trail will propose moving that to the first day of school and using the morning class time. Regular classes would then begin in the afternoon. The goal, Lewis said, is to increase participation. The board will discuss moving the May 26 board meeting to May 27 to avoid Memorial Day. The board will also consider bids for food and dairy products for the hot lunch program. Graduation requirements on Lewiston board's agenda The Lewiston School Board will consider the proposed change in graduation requirements at its regular meeting at 7 tonight. The meeting will be in the district board room, 3317 12th St. The proposal came from an increase in state graduation requirements as well as the opportunity to offer more classes as the school moves to an eight-hour block schedule in the fall. The change would increase graduation credits to 54. Sixty credits are possible in a four-year, eight-hour schedule. The current requirement is 46 credits. Public meetings were held last month and online comments were compiled to reach the final proposal. The board will consider authorizing staff to enter into a contract with architects for design work on the McSorley Elementary School project. The district plan is to construct an additional building on the school grounds to handle overcrowding. The building will be constructed by district maintenance staff and will be approximately 5,000 square feet. It will house a library, computer lab, kindergarten classroom and office space. Summer programs provided for the district will be reviewed for approval. These include remedial and alternative programs at Northwest Children's Home, the alternative high school, the junior high schools and high school. Drivers' education will be offered, as well as athletic opportunities. Summer library and meal programs are also part of the plan. The Independent Foundation for Education (L.I.F.E.) board will ask the school board for help developing an alumni directory dating back to 1955. The board will also review for approval a list of maintenance projects and budgets for 2008-09. These include $40,000 for pavement repair at McGhee Elementary School, $35,000 for replacement of water heaters at Jenifer Junior High and $32,000 to replace a transformer at Webster Elementary School. The plan also includes purchase of a $96,600 bus and $55,000 for a mower. The board will set June 9 as the date for the annual budget hearing. Prairie schools embrace fresh food Barry Kough / Lewiston Tribune Grapes, apples and carrots are on the menu at Cottonwood schools. Joan Terhaar makes fresh whole wheat bread for tuna sandwiches, along with cherry crisp for a lunch at Cottonwood Elementary School. With emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains, district's cooks put nutrition within reach By Jodi Walker of the Tribune Sunday, April 13, 2008 Trays of warm buns fill the air with the aroma of fresh-baked bread. The fragrance wafts down the halls as students focus on their studies. Come lunchtime, the lesson is nutrition: homemade nutrition. "It is a little more labor intensive, but the cooks feel it is worth their time," said Lynn Rehder, food service director for the Prairie School District at Cottonwood. Breakfast, lunch and meals throughout the summer begin with entrees made with whole-wheat flour and oils instead of lard or butter. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in plentiful supply as the meals reflect the district's focus on healthy living. "We have shown them that carrot sticks and celery sticks with peanut butter are good things to eat," Rehder said. That is why students at all three schools can eat as many fruits and vegetables as they want. But they get only one entree. "We just made that a policy this year," Rehder said. "We decided not to have seconds on the higher-caloric entree items." It has been an easy transition at the lower grades, she said, but there has been some grumbling at the high school where students used to eat three or four pieces of pizza for lunch. "The high school child, you just can't fill them up." The Prairie schools have made bread for years. "It is part of the financial picture," Rehder said. "It is cheaper for us to bake our own bread. We also get a fresher product out there and we know what the ingredients are." In the last year the district has used the money saved from baking to buy fresh produce. "We decided we wanted to go with something with less sugar. We have gone quite extensively away from canned fruit." Each school has its own kitchen and a staff to make the meals. "They are very involved because they serve it, too," she said. The cooks see what kids like. They interact with the students and get feedback. "It has been really fun." The district staffs five full-time cooks, she said, something not common in a district the size of Prairie, which has 425 students. "It is pretty amazing that we are still able to provide that." Rehder said the ability to buy good food for the students is aided by the high percentage of free and reduced lunch recipients in the district. "It helps when we get everyone who qualifies to get on the program," she said. The reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is greater than the price non7qualifying students pay for lunch. The free and reduced lunch payments make up a significant portion of the food budget. "Since we are a rural school and we have a lot of people that qualify for free and reduced and the fact they do fill out the forms, is the reason we get better funding from the state department," Rehder said. It has helped the district keep the lunch rates stable for the other students. Rates haven't been raised in several years. The breakfast program is huge, Rehder said. That program alone makes up 40 percent of the food service revenue. Many students participate in the free program. "The kids really enjoy it because a lot of our students get to school without having breakfast. Even if they did, they have been on a bus and they are ready for something to eat." Breakfast at the middle and high school is served buffet style with one entree and choices such as yogurt, whole grain cereal, cheese sticks and fresh fruit. The elementary school cafeteria is not large enough to hold all the students at once, so breakfast is served in the classroom. "We don't give them the big spread here that we do at the middle school and high school," Rehder said. They are offered fruit, milk and a choice of cereal, a breakfast bar or yogurt. Rehder said in a perfect scenario, the district would have more money for healthy foods. "It would be nice if you could provide a lot of different fruits and vegetables all year around." But the district is providing produce as best it can. "We are educating the children that the fruits and vegetables are great." Walker may be contacted at email@example.com or (208) 848-2275. School lunch Steve Hanks/ Lewiston Tribune School lunches depicted in recipe books from the 1950s and ‟60s are drastically different from what is offered to today‟s school children. Steve Hanks/ Lewiston Tribune Carol Troll is food service manager for the Pullman School District. Barry Kough / Lewiston Tribune Lewiston High School goes through a case of apples a day. Pullman schools also purchase apples from a Washington grower. Emphasis on nutrition puts food service to the test By Jodi Walker of the Tribune Sunday, April 13, 2008 Once a week one of John Butler's trucks pulls into the Pullman schools warehouse. The gate of the truck opens to boxes of Washington apples. It is not business as usual, said Carol Troll, food service manager for the Pullman School District. "We are certainly working hard to give students fruit and vegetable choices," Troll said. Schools rely heavily on U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities to fill students' lunch trays. But a national focus on diet is leading some schools to spend additional money to provide healthier lunches. And farmers willing to market their goods are finding a place in schools. "It didn't take us long to convince a lot of people," Butler said of his homegrown company, American Produce Express. "It is just going to get bigger and bigger. There is a big push to have healthy choices for the kids. It is a good time for me as a farmer to be a part of this." American Produce Express is a grower-owned company, based in Omak, that reached out to schools to provide local, fresh produce. The movement is becoming more common as school lunches evolve. Some producers are willing to provide local and fresh products directly to school cafeterias. "I am ready to do it now," said Nikki Eaton of Eaton Natural Beef, a company headquartered near Colton that provides naturally grown beef to the region. "It is just getting everyone to change their way of thinking a little bit," she said of breaking into the school market. School lunches have changed over the years. Now, many are prepackaged and simply require heating. Some school kitchens in large districts no longer have equipment to cook from scratch. But many food service directors are pushing back. Troll has seen significant changes in school lunches in the 26 years she has been in the business. "We have definitely gone to a lot more choices," she said. In the early '80s everyone got meat, mashed potatoes and gravy, a scoop of peas and a scoop of applesauce, she said. "That went out 25 years ago." Eight years ago she added fruit and vegetable bars to the cafeteria offerings in Pullman. Students get their entree and side, such as rice. "Then they choose what they want for their fruit choices." Fresh produce is offered daily in Pullman schools and students can eat as much as they want. The district also uses frozen produce purchased through the commodities program. Clarkston is also moving to make lunches healthier. "There is definitely outside pressure and there is internal pressure, too, from staff, parents and from (myself)," said Amy Kimberling, food service manager for the Clarkston School District. Kimberling said she plans meals with lower fat content than in the past. The students are also offered fresh fruits or vegetables every day. The district receives $28,800 from the USDA fresh fruit and vegetable program to provide fresh produce at Highland Elementary School. The district does struggle with storing large quantities of fresh produce. It doesn't have a local warehouse or large refrigerator space. Instead, the district chooses to buy produce through Hay's Produce in Clarkston, which is able to deliver the food as needed. "They have been really good, customer service-wise, to work with us," she said. School lunches are changing and even commodity offerings have gotten healthier, Kimberling said. Whole grains have been a focus for the last few years, including whole grain pasta that is new this year. She would like to see federal commodities include lower-fat cheeses as well as more turkey and other white meat. "Those things are so (expensive) to buy on your own." Grantham Elementary School is piloting a nutrition program this spring, she said. The school nurse will teach nutrition to the elementary students. "They are starting to get nutrition education in the classroom, which is hard when they are trying to fit everything else in." Kimberling said when teamed with good nutrition habits at home, students change their eating habits. But she still sees students go through the lunch line with soda on their trays. The soda is brought from home. "There is a lot of that I still see that surprises me," she said. "I think school meals have gotten better. I don't necessarily think meals at home have gotten better." Troll agrees. "We just hope people are (implementing good nutrition) at home. I can't help the fact that so many of these kids are eating fast food three times a week at home." Jodi Hoff, food service supervisor for the Lewiston School District, said schools face the challenge of tight lunch budgets. "Every school district will decide what works best for them," she said. "We try to make the most of our commodity dollars." The district serves more canned and frozen fruits and vegetables than fresh. High school students are offered fresh produce daily while elementary students are served fresh produce once a week. "Cost wise it makes a big difference." The district does buy apples from Butler, using some of the money from the USDA intended for fresh produce. "That money goes quickly," she said. By December or early January it is gone and the district is back to using its regular budget dollars. "There is a push for more fruits and vegetables but it is more expensive." Time is also at a premium. Hoff said ordering and tracking shipments takes time. "You want to be able to get what you can without dealing with so many vendors." The district is being helped by a consultant, brought in by the state, to look at meal programs. Whitman Elementary School in Lewiston is the only school in the state to receive a consultant from the state to help evaluate and improve its lunch program. The school applied for the program and will serve as a model, said Heidi Martin, child nutrition coordinator with the Idaho Department of Education. "They had excellent support from their principal and their food service director." The school also will reach out to others in the district, making the money stretch farther, Martin said. Sacajawea Junior High in Lewiston and Nezperce schools are getting assistance from the same consultant to improve breakfast programs. "Instead of getting money, we pay for one of our contract specialists to go out and work one on one with the schools," Martin said. That project is just beginning and will continue through September. How long it takes to prepare each food is also a factor in lunch menus. Fresh produce is typically labor intensive to get onto students' plates. USDA money that is available to schools for fresh produce covers only the product. "Usually the grants don't cover anything beyond the cost of the fresh fruits and vegetables," Troll said. Someone has to prepare it. "Students will eat a lot more produce if it is prepared for them," Troll said. "If you have a bowl of whole apples and a bowl of whole oranges, they will just sit." That is where farmers like Butler have found their niche. A third-generation apple grower, Butler started selling his produce in Arizona during the winter of 1998. It went well the first year, but in the winter of 1999, the snowbirds didn't show up until February. "The world was going to come to an end that year," he said. He decided to branch out and took his produce to area schools. "That was so easy, we just went to all the other schools up and down the valley and in one season I virtually picked up all the schools I serve today." But he has gone from offering only whole apples to providing sliced and packaged apples as well as some other produce from the West, including oranges and grapes he purchases from a small producer in California. Butler said he is able to provide a selection of apple varieties that aren't available through commodity programs. The typical food service apple is red delicious, he said. He offers arguably more flavorful gala and fuji apples. "It felt like we were able to go to the schools with a better product, a fresher product, for a comparable price." In 2002, sliced and packaged apples hit the scene. It was good for the schools and good for his farm. "You have taken this apple that is worth 3 cents a pound to the processor and all of a sudden it is worth $3 a pound." The food service directors agree that sliced apples are more popular than whole. "You could justify that the box may cost more but it is being 100 percent consumed," Butler said. It also saves time for schools where prep time is as much of a consideration as nutrition, Kimberling said. The kitchen staff is required to do more as schools offer breakfast and, in some districts, snacks. "Breakfasts have doubled, tripled," Kimberling said. "It is crazy. That is good. I am glad kids are eating breakfast but it does cut into the prep time for lunch." That is why some food service directors have turned to vendors like Butler to provide healthy food that is already prepared. "It is the one vendor that I know is a vendor, and I know he can meet my needs for the quantity and quality of what I'm looking for," Troll said. Schools using local products is good for the producers, too, Eaton said. "The grown-locally thing just supports the farmers and keeps the money around locally." Although Eaton has not gotten her product into the public schools, she said she would like to. "We could supply the Pullman School District right now," she said. Because Eatons is local and small, it could package to the need of the district. "If I know I need 10 beef a month for a local school, I will have that," she said. "We will do whatever they need." By buying meat locally, not only would the students benefit from fresh, naturally grown beef, they would have access to the farm, she said. The Eatons often do ranch tours or talk about their business. "This is a great market for us and for the community. They would know their grower. I think it would be fabulous for kids to know that." Butler said his company is also available to talk about where the apples are grown. "We built our business on service and quality." Feds, states help put fresh produce on menu “I would love to be able to (use local produce). The idea is good. I don‟t know if we are close enough for it to work.” Amy Kimberling, Clarkston schools food service manager “It is ironic in some ways that in some schools we are teaching students, with taxpayer money, not to eat the best food they could.” Tom Geiger, Western Environmental Council By Jodi Walker of the Tribune Sunday, April 13, 2008 Getting fresh, locally grown produce onto school cafeteria trays just got easier in Washington. How effective it will be is still unknown. "I think it will have a definite impact on the students who are exposed, which isn't very many," said George Sneller, director of child nutrition for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the Local Food/Healthy Kids bill March 27, which complements a federal fresh fruit and vegetable program. The federal program serves 25 individual schools in Washington, including 327 students at Highland Elementary School in Clarkston. Both programs provide money to school districts to buy fresh produce. The new state program also provides staff to help link schools and local producers. Locally in Idaho, Nezperce, Kamiah, Orchards in Lewiston and Lapwai elementary schools receive federal fresh produce money, as does Kendrick Junior/Senior High School. Idaho does not have a state-funded fresh produce program. The Washington Legislature tagged $1.49 million for healthy food programs this session. Schools will see $570,000 of that spent on fresh produce programs, Sneller said. The initial request was $5 million in this non-budget year. The federal program pumps between $800,000 and $1 million into Washington schools each year. Sneller said he hopes he can serve at least another 25 schools with the state money. "My major goal and objective is to select the number of schools ... where I can use this money to implement a program that can be successful. It would be foolish to have it in 100 schools and each get $5,000." Sneller said the federal program allows about $80 per student. He believes students could be adequately served with $70 each in the state program. Schools receiving federal fresh food money will not be eligible for the state program. The state program is voluntary. Districts will apply to the state and Sneller will choose the schools to participate. The legislation has several arms, including a farm-to-food-bank program and a fresh produce program for seniors as well as women, infants and children. The school portion is intended to make it legal and easier for schools to use local produce. "(It is designed) to make it not only possible for schools but also legal for schools to be able to buy food that may be a little more expensive," said Tom Geiger, communications director for the Washington Environmental Council. The council led the coalition that supported the bill. Large districts are affected because bigger contracts are required to be put out for bid. The new Washington law eliminates the low-cost bidding requirement when buying Washington-grown food. Schools in this region are not affected by the legality issue because produce budgets do not exceed the $75,000 limit before having to go out for formal bids. But the accessibility portion of the legislation is important to this region. "It is difficult to find vendors around here," said Carol Troll, food service director for the Pullman School District. "If I lived in California and I could buy a lot of this stuff from farmers, I would." Clarkston's food service manager, Amy Kimberling, supports the state program but also wonders how it could apply to her district given the stipulation that produce must be grown in Washington. "I would love to be able to (use local produce). The idea is good. I don't know if we are close enough for it to work," Kimberling said. Some farmers are seeing the problem and are opting to transport their products to schools. "Most of the time I think it is a distribution and delivery issue," Troll said. "We would love to get fresh fruits and vegetables out to the kids." The bill will fund some positions at the Washington Department of Agriculture to help identify producers and link them with schools, Sneller said. "It will help to encourage more communication with local farmers," he said. Mary Beth Lang, assistant to the director of the Washington Department of Agriculture, said they have a handbook that lists small farmers and those doing direct marketing. Getting those books and other information out is part of the department's role. "It is probably, more than anything, good communication up front," she said of a successful relationship between producers and schools. The bill is a response to a national cry for better health. "I think that is one of the reasons it has been so successful," Geiger said. The bill passed with just one dissenting vote in the House and unanimously in the Senate. "The whole local food movement has become significant over the last few years," Geiger said. "It is less of a fringe dynamic." Fast food and school lunches are often blamed for contributing to childhood obesity and early onset diabetes. "It is ironic in some ways that in some schools we are teaching students, with taxpayer money, not to eat the best food they could," Geiger said. The changes to the hot lunch program are good but slow, Lang said. But it is worth the wait, Geiger said. "This is one of those things I can talk to somebody (about) on my bus ride. I can talk to somebody at church. I can talk around the Thanksgiving table and people nod and say it makes sense," he said. "A lot of times things in life worth doing take a lot of work." Walker may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 848-2275. Program helps train teachers in financial education methods By Jodi Walker Saturday, April 12, 2008 LaRaye O'Brien remembers creating a checkbook for her elementary school-age son. His allowance was deposited. To buy something, he wrote a check to mom. The problem was there were no consequences for overdrafts and therefore an incomplete financial lesson, she said. "If you're going to teach it you have to go all the way." That is one reason she is excited about the free financial education curriculum and training for Idaho's teachers. Training will be offered in Lewiston July 15 and is free to all teachers. The High School Financial Planning Program is funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education, a national nonprofit. The curriculum meets state education requirements in all 50 states. Idaho is one of just a handful of states requiring financial education for graduation, O'Brien said. "It hasn't been enforced that much," she said. But every school has it incorporated into classes such as economics. O'Brien is the communications specialist for the Idaho Credit Union League, the trade organization for credit unions. The league has teamed with the University of Idaho Extension Services in Idaho to provide the training. The curriculum has been available for 25 years, O'Brien said. But it was revised last year and now addresses things that didn't exist even 10 years ago, such as identity theft and correcting credit reports. "It is fun. It's trendy. It is so contemporary. It is right now," she said of the program. The workbooks are accompanied by an online resource allowing students, parents and teachers to access information, play financial games and learn. "Sometimes parents don't have financial literacy themselves," she said. The national economy is proof of the need for financial education, O'Brien said. "You can't turn on the news without hearing about (foreclosures)," she said. "For the first time in eons, we are experiencing a negative savings in this country. We are improperly prepared for retirement. We have record bankruptcy." Last year 115 teachers in Idaho were trained in the program. This year the goal is to double that. "Because (the students) will have the tools, they will make better decisions than I did." The Web site to register for the free training is: www.idahocul.org Walker may be contacted at email@example.com or (208) 848-2275. FROM THE IDAHO-PRESS TRIBUNE, NAMPA No new education news stories today. FROM THE IDAHO STATESMAN Boise State to honor its Top Ten Scholars Tuesday EVERYONE IS INVITED The banquet will be held Tuesday in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person by calling the Alumni Association at 426-1698. Parking is on the fifth floor of the Lincoln parking structure. BY STATESMAN STAFF - Idaho Statesman Edition Date: 04/14/08 Boise State University Alumni Association will honor the best and brightest graduating students at the annual Top Ten Scholars awards banquet Tuesday. The keynote speaker is James J. Davis, a 1975 Boise State alumnus and the owner and sole practitioner of James J. Davis, Attorney at Law. Top Ten Scholars are chosen from the top 10 percent of Boise State's graduating class of more than 3,000 students for 2007-08. They are selected by academic performance, recommendation from college deans, and extracurricular and research activities. Each student also honors a Boise State professor who was influential to his or her success. THIS YEAR'S AWARD WINNERS:(in alphabetical order) ISAAC BARRETT, Boise, a computer information systems major, has balanced internships with Boise State Student Affairs, Blackboard and the Idaho Department of Labor with his extracurricular and volunteer activities. After graduation, he plans to continue working for the Idaho Department of Labor and further his education with a master's degree. Honored faculty: Rob Anson, professor of Information Technology & Supply Chain Management. KYLIE BOGGESS, Twin Falls, is a political science major with an emphasis in international relations. Boggess was accepted into medical school at the University of Washington, where she plans to earn her MD and a master's in public health and then work to reduce health-care disparities and improve care throughout the world. Honored faculty: Dr. Brian Wampler, assistant professor of political science. HEATHER CARLSON, Idaho Falls, is an Honors College student and a psychology major who conducted research on the strategies students use when taking exams. Her future plans include a graduate degree in educational psychology, culminating in a career where she can positively impact the field of psychology and teach at the university level. Honored faculty: Dr. Heather Thompson, assistant professor of psychology. JULIE CARR, Boise, graduated summa cum laude in December 2007 in nursing. Her research experiences included work with health literacy, informal caregivers of the elderly, and the Department of Nursing's Team China. Carr was one of two undergraduate students asked to present at the Western Institute of Nurses Conference. She is employed as a nurse consultant at Bonaventure Place. Her plans include using her nursing degree to benefit the elderly, seeking a master's in nursing and teaching at the college level. Honored faculty: Pamela Gehrke, associate professor of nursing. RYAN COOPER, Boise, is a biology major with a business minor focusing on human biology and pre-medicine. He has participated in ASBSU student government as a senator. He attended the international Model United Nations conference in New York City and twice placed in College Bowl competitions. He is employed as a marketing specialist with The Real Estate Group/Mirlyn Inc. Honored faculty: Nancy Napier, professor of International Business. BRIANA FLAHERTY, Boise, is a chemistry major with a Spanish minor focusing on biochemistry. Flaherty combined her pursuits of language and science by spending a semester in Heredia, Costa Rica, studying the preservation of natural resources - an experience that led to her decision to specialize in green chemistry. She plans to teach English to South American students prior to attaining her PhD in chemistry. Honored faculty: Dr. Henry Charlier, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. BRIAN HONAN, Boise, graduated summa cum laude in December 2007 in computer science. One of the many honors bestowed on this U.S. Marine veteran was his selection as the student speaker for the 2007 winter Commencement. He has accepted a position with Hewlett-Packard in Boise and looks forward to staying engaged with Boise State activities. Honored faculty: Dr. Amit Jain, assistant professor of computer science. CHRISTOPHER OHGE, Boise, is a double major in philosophy and English, with an emphasis on literature. His internship research for "Melville's Marginalia Online" focused on Herman Melville and comparative literature and philosophy. He will attend graduate school in order to teach and continue research. Honored faculty: Steven Olsen-Smith, associate professor of English. PATRICK PRICE, Boise, is a materials science and engineering major. After working construction, completing a five-year apprenticeship and becoming a licensed journeyman electrician, Price discovered astronomy and became a full-time engineering student. He next plans to earn a master's degree in materials science and engineering and then a PhD in a field related to energy or alternative fuel production. Honored faculty: William Knowlton, associate professor of materials science and engineering. HOPE WESTON, Boise, is a mechanical engineering major. Involved in research since her freshman year, her dedication to her discipline and her extraordinary outreach to young women have propelled her through her time at BSU. Weston plans to work in the mechanical engineering field in Boise. Honored faculty: Donald Plumlee, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering. 'We lost one of our own': Borah High honors alumni killed in action Katherine Jones/Idaho Statesman At a monthly awards ceremony, Borah High School students first honored Sgt. Michael Lilly, a 2002 graduate who died Monday in Sadr City, Iraq. He is the third Borah alumni to die in Iraq. OTHERS HONORED AT BORAH HIGH SCHOOL Killed in Vietnam • Franklin D. Endicott, class of 1966, died Sept. 4, 1967. • Michael L. Wasserman, class of 1966, died Oct. 12, 1968. • Chad L. Carson, a sophomore in 1967, died Dec. 10, 1969. • Johnny H. Chapman, class of 1970, died Aug. 20, 1971. Killed in Iraq • Rick A. Ulbright, class of 1973, died Aug. 8, 2004. • Brandon T. Titus, class of 2002, died Aug. 17, 2004. BY DAVID KENNARD - firstname.lastname@example.org Edition Date: 04/12/08 Borah High School grad and fallen soldier Sgt. Michael Lilly received an emotional salute from his fellow Borah High Lions Friday. The student body filled the bleachers inside the school's new gymnasium to hear a tribute to the 23-year-old soldier killed in action Monday while fighting anti-American forces in Sadr City outside Baghdad, Iraq. "We lost one of our own," said Mike Johnson, former Boise Airport police chief and a Borah graduate. "He walked the same halls, ate in the same cafeteria, sat in the same classrooms. He was a Borah Lion." Family members of Lilly sat quietly among the 600-plus spirited students gathered for the school's annual Senator's Choice awards. Prior to the event, the cavernous gymnasium buzzed with highschoolers as floor-to-ceiling speakers thundered out chest-pounding music in preparation for the awards. But as an honor guard from the school's ROTC class made its way to the darkened stage, followed by a marching bagpipe and drum band, the crowd instantly quieted. Images of the procession bathed in spotlights as it wound its way through the crowd were broadcast on a giant screen overhead. Later, the screen showed images of Lilly in uniform and as a Borah High senior during a tribute to the other soldiers from Borah High who have died at war. Johnson said Lilly's name would be added to the granite plaque honoring the six other Lions who gave their lives in military service. "This is the new greatest generation," Johnson said, referring to the Tom Brokaw book honoring World War II veterans. "They answered the call after America was attacked." Lilly, a sergeant assigned to 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, died Monday trying to secure an area used by enemy forces to launch rocket attacks into a military base in Baghdad. Those rocket attacks took the life of another Treasure Valley soldier, Maj. Stuart A. Wolfer of Emmett, on Sunday. Johnson said he was proud of Lilly and he urged his fellow Lions to honor Lilly from the Class of 2002 as an American hero. "Lilly had the heart of a lion," Johnson said. "Tonight, the Lion sleeps." David Kennard: 377-6436 FROM THE TWIN FALLS TIMES-NEWS Two Filer students selected as Merit Scholar finalists By John E. Swayze Correspondent FILER - Tearsa Williams and David Albertson have joined an elite group of students. The two Filer High School seniors have been selected from among 16,000 semifinalist applicants nationwide as finalists in the 2007-08 National Merit Scholar Program. Sponsored by hundreds of corporate organizations and universities, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Dow Jones Foundation, Emory University and George Washington University, the program is open to high school students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Both scholars say there's nothing out of the ordinary about their study habits and spend about 1.5 hours a day on daily homework assignments. But high SAT scores in reading, math and writing have placed them in the running with 15,000 other finalists. More than $40 million in scholarships are available. "We took the test as juniors," Albertson said. "My study habits aren't that great. I just seem to be really good at taking tests and try not to get behind." A committee of college administrators and high school counselors evaluate the applications and reduce the number of finalists down to about 8,200 Merit Scholar winners. Results will be announced by the National Merit Scholar Program during April, May and July. Students who do not advance to the semifinalist or finalist rounds are given commended status certificates and may still be eligible for special corporate scholarships. Finalists are chosen based on academic performance and leadership ability. Williams currently serves as an officer in her school's student government. "This year I'm student body representative to our district school board and treasurer of the Art Club," she said. "I really don't know what to expect, but I'll just take it (Merit Scholarship) as it comes." After high school graduation this spring, Albertson plans to attend the College of Idaho in Caldwell. "I'm thinking about majoring in environmental engineering or music," he said. "I haven't really decided, but right now I could go for about anything." Williams is set to further her education with a focus on the visual arts at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "I just found out I've been accepted into the BYU photography department," she said. "I really like art and especially the instantaneous visual results of digital photography." John E. Swayze may be reached at 208-326-7212 or email@example.com. Idaho State sees more students but less credit hours POCATELLO, Idaho - Despite more students, Idaho State University has seen drop in the number of credit hours being taken, a decrease that has cost the school several million dollars. Last year, school officials said enrollment had increased 4.2 percent to 13,208 students. But they also said the number of credit hours fell 9 percent to 137,000. Total student enrollment counts everyone who is taking a class at ISU, including high school students enrolled in the school's Early College Program. Total credit hours are the number of billable credits students are taking at the school. That accounts for about $45 million in revenue for the school in tuition and fees. Credit hours are also used to determine how much money the school gets from the state. "We're attempting to shift focus," Steven Neiheisel, ISU director of enrollment planning, told the Idaho State Journal. "We need to start talking about credit hours." Officials at Idaho State say Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, 74 miles to the northeast and which seven years ago switched from a two-year junior college to a four-year school, is costing Idaho State some students. Officials at BYU-Idaho say they are likely reducing enrollment at other colleges because students don't have to leave to finish their degrees elsewhere. "The biggest thing we've seen is ISU and other universities don't get the transfer students from us anymore," said Rob Garrett, BYU-Idaho director of admissions. "But we're not seeing ISU students flock up here." Neiheisel said an analysis of how many prospective students the school might be losing has not been done. "I don't know whether we've formally quantified it," he said. "We know there's been a decline." Neiheisel also said the school faces competition from universities in neighboring states. One is Utah State University, which Neiheisel said is offering Idaho residents financial aid incentives. Utah State, according to its Web site, provides $7,000 in full-time scholarships to freshman who live within 100 miles of the university's campus in Logan, about 40 miles from the Idaho border. Utah State's nonresident tuition is about $11,000 annually. The Idaho State Journal reported that Idaho students who take advantage of Utah State's "100-mile radius scholarship," can attend Utah State for $700 less that it would cost them to attend ISU. Idaho residents attending ISU this fall will pay about $4,700. Neiheisel said Idaho State is trying to bring in more students by forming collaborations with junior colleges in California. Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com A service of the Associated Press(AP) Virtual school to hold information session Staff report The Idaho Distance Education Academy will hold an information session about the school and enrollment from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday in Burley. The session will be held at Lost But Found Books, 1332 Albion Ave., according to a press release from the school. The information session about IDEA, a virtual charter school, which is geared to children and home-educating parents, is free and will take about one and a half hours, according to a press release from the school. IDEA serves about 900 students kindergarten through 12th grade in Idaho, the release shows. Idaho FFA members compete in nursery, landscaping in Twin Falls By Andrea Jackson Staff writer With muddied fingers, pursed lips, solid stares and matching jackets, five teenage students focused their attention on potting plants Friday at the 77th Annual Idaho State Future Farmers of America Leadership Conference held at Kimberly Nurseries. The conference is hosted by the College of Southern Idaho. "I didn't get a lot of practice on this one," said 15-year-old Taylor Lusk, Sugar City. "But I felt pretty comfortable." Lusk dusted off dirt from his hands - clad in shiny aviator glasses, he said he hopes he did well on a 50-point practical that tested his ability to plant plants in 10 minutes. About 1,200 students in matching blue jackets decorated by pins are participating in the Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference. About 44 students participated in the nursery and landscape career development event at Kimberly Nurseries and were tested on gardening principles involving potting, measuring, landscape drawing, general knowledge and pruning. Their performance was judged by horticulture students from CSI, who quietly watched and graded the FFA competitors as they performed their tasks. Winners from the Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference will go on to represent the state of Idaho at a national FFA conference in the fall, said Dave Kiesig, assistant professor of horticulture at CSI. "They get to see our program," said Kiesig. "Hopefully we'll recruit a couple." Student teams paid about $30 each to participate in the nursery and landscape event, said Kiesig. The 77th annual Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference involved more than just plants and a single day. It kicked off on Wednesday with events involving floriculture, and continued Thursday with horse evaluations, extemporaneous speaking, farm business and awards. Awards for the nursery and landscaping event, as well as floricultural and agricultural sales will be presented today before closing ceremonies. FFA can be a positive experience for young adults. "It gives them a lot of confidence and helps them in career development," said James Wilson, associate professor for the CSI Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science Department. At least 14 workshops were held during the four-day event, according to the program schedule. Andrea Jackson can be reached at 735-3380 or Andrea.Jackson@lee.net. Virtual charter school article, editorial were off base (Commentary) As chairman of the board of directors for the Idaho Virtual Academy, the state's largest virtual public charter school, I have a responsibility to govern and oversee our public school. My fellow board members and I take this charge seriously and we are proud of our record of accountability and fiscal discipline. Unfortunately, a recent article in The Times-News ("Virtually independent," April 6) gives an incomplete report of virtual schools' funding and expenditures and incorrectly suggests that the state has no way of knowing how money is spent. The paper's Wednesday editorial was even more off base by wrongly saying that "42 percent of (the funding) doesn't have to be accounted for." This is not true. The Times-News report lacked many important facts about the transparency, oversight, reporting requirements and funding formula for virtual public charter schools. They failed to inform readers that virtual public schools produce annual budgets, annual audits and contracts that account for how and where they spend all of their funds. All of these documents are public information. They are submitted to the state and available to any state official, legislator, reporter or average citizen. Take, for example, the following information that was not included in the article: â€¢ In June 2007, the Idaho Virtual Academy Board approved the budget for this fiscal year. The budget detailed the school's projected revenues and expenditures for 2007-08. A copy of the annual budget is submitted every year to the State Department of Education and the Idaho Public Charter School Commission (the state body responsible for authorization and oversight of virtual public charter schools). â€¢ In September 2007, Idaho Virtual Academy concluded its annual audit performed by Bailey and Company Chtd., a firm of licensed certified public accountants who specialize in public schools. The audit reviewed all of the school's expenditures for the previous fiscal year. It was the third year in a row Idaho Virtual Academy had a clean audit with no findings. A copy of the audit is submitted to the State Department of Education and the Charter Commission every year. â€¢ In June 2005, the Idaho Virtual Academy Board approved its service agreement with K12 Inc., the school's curriculum and academic services provider. A copy of the contract was submitted to the State Department of Education and the Charter Commission. Again, these documents are public information, open and accessible to anyone. They demonstrate that Idaho Virtual Academy is a responsible public school, operating in complete transparency and fully accountable to the state and Idaho's taxpayers. It's disappointing that the Times-News chose not to include this information in its article. We would have been happy to provide all of these documents to the reporter and walk her through our finances as we have done many times for legislators, members of the Charter Commission and other interested parties. Unfortunately, we were not given the opportunity, and the result was an article that spread a wave of misinformation across the state and grossly mischaracterized the operations of virtual public schools. It should be noted that virtual public charter schools receive on average 35 percent less funding than traditional schools. Therefore, our school must carefully spend the limited resources we receive to provide our students with a high-quality, individualized public education. We have succeeded. The Idaho Virtual Academy is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. Students receive an innovative academic program taught by talented state-certified teachers. It is why everyone at IDVA is passionate about their school and why more families choose Idaho Virtual Academy every year. Richard Wagner of Boise is the chairman of the Idaho Virtual Academy board of directors. FROM THE IDAHO STATE JOURNAL(PASSWORD REQUIRED) Rexburg sisters attend ISU over BYU-I BY CASEY SANTEE firstname.lastname@example.org Editor‟s note: This is the second part of a two-part series on Idaho State University‟s enrollment woes. Part one ran Sunday. Idaho State University senior Shawnee Knapp and younger sister Shanté bucked the trend among their high school classmates when they decided against going to Brigham Young University-Idaho in their hometown of Rexburg. Shawnee, 23, president the LDS Student Association at ISU, said her parents encouraged her to stay in Rexburg. But she set her sights on ISU in Pocatello because she got a better scholarship and because she wanted to expand her horizons. “I felt like, as an LDS member, I had already had the experience of that kind of community,” she said of Rexburg. “I thought it would be good idea to spread my wings a little bit.” According to ISU officials, she‟s an exception to a growing trend. BYU-Idaho, previously known as Ricks College, changed its name in 2000 when it announced it would go from a two-year school to a four-year university. Since then, BYU-Idaho‟s combined enrollment of full-time and part-time students has risen by 4,206 to a head count of 13,155, according to the school‟s Web site. ISU, whose fall 2007 enrollment stood at 13,208, hasn‟t been so fortunate. The number of class credit-hours paid for by students set a record in 2003 at almost 151,000, but declined 9 percent by fall 2007. Further, ISU‟s student head count nose-dived 9 percent in 2006, before rebounding in fall 2007 with a rise of 4.2 percent. A major reason for those woes was BYU-Idaho‟s change to a four-year university, according to ISU officials. Shawnee, who graduates in May with a bachelor‟s in health sciences, chose ISU because it offered her a full-ride scholarship for her freshman and sophomore years. That, combined with other funds she‟s received, paid for all but one semester of her classes in the face of ISU‟s rising tuition and fees, which this school year stood at about $4,400. In fall 2008, they‟ll jump another 5 percent, capping a decade in which tuition and fees more than doubled. Last year, ISU gave away $13.5 million in scholarships and fellowships to students like Shawnee. But that‟s $1.8 million less than the 2005 figure of $15.3 million. Since arriving at ISU five years ago, Shawnee has been an active member of the student body. She served on the student senate, ran for student president and currently serves as an ISU ambassador, escorting visitors to ISU around campus, and in the Latter-day Saint Student Association. Shawnee said participation in the LDSSA dipped slightly after Ricks became BYU-Idaho, but it‟s since recovered. Shanté, after encouragement from Shawnee, also chose to attend ISU. “I‟ve been heavily recruiting her for five years,” Shawnee said. “This year I got her an ISU sweatshirt so she‟d have it when she came down.” Shanté, who also received significant scholarships, registered for her first semester of classes Friday at ISU. Shawnee walked her around the campus, helped her get a student ID card and parking pass, and to register at the LDS Institute of Religion. Shawnee said her next challenge is to talk her brother, Cameron, into transferring from BYU- Idaho to ISU. “I‟m trying to convince him to do some undergraduate classes at ISU and continue with the pharmacy program,” she said. The origin of ISU Editor‟s Note: This article is the Pocatello Tribune‟s account of the founding of the Academy of Idaho, predecessor of Idaho State University. It was printed in the Tribune on Aug. 28, 1941. The article has been edited and adapted for use here by retired Idaho State University history professor Jo Ann Ruckman. The Academy of Idaho almost went by default for lack of a site in Pocatello. The academy bill which Sen. Theodore Turner introduced and passed in the state Legislature provided that prior to May 1, 1901, the City of Pocatello would have to donate a site for the use of the academy. This bill was not passed until March 4 and on March 11 a Pocatello Tribune editorial stated, “The bill came up as the special order. After it was read, Hunt, representative from Bannock County, rose and made a few remarks in favor of the bill, which, while short, constituted really one of the prettiest and best speeches of the season. “He said the people of the southeastern portion of the state did not ask this because of pride but of need. „Our children,‟ he said, „are now compelled to go into other states because we have no nearby institutions of learning. There they imbibe the doctrines and customs of another people, and they come back to us estranged from the state of their nativity. The general government has given us a grand heritage for the furtherance of our educational privileges, and we must take advantage of it. I am glad to hear of the good work of our state educational institutions at Lewiston, at Moscow, at Albion. Let us carry it a little further; let us give all sections of the state representation; let us have an academy in the southeastern portion of the state which shall be the pride of our institutions.‟” With the passing of this bill, Pocatello was assured of an academy provided a suitable location for such an institution could be obtained within the town site and presented to the state before May 1, 1901. Since the town site included 1,804 acres, and since the built-up section of the city occupied only a small part of this land, the selection of two adjacent blocks, or about 4 1/2 acres, for the school site would naturally seem quite simple. Such, however, was not the case; only after a long, hard fight was the present location selected. After many mass meetings and near fistfights between proponents of the east side versus the west side and a considerable amount of legal tangling on titles, the site furnished by Col. J.M. Ingersoll, plus two more blocks purchased from him for $1,200 by the people of Pocatello, was accepted. By the early afternoon of April 30, 1901, the Tribune noted that “the academy site is right up in the air.” It was not until May 1, 1901, that the present site was selected, comprising blocks 202 and 203, given by Ingersoll, plus blocks 241 and 242, bought from Ingersoll by citizens of the community and given to the newly created board of trustees. Rotary gives gift of words BY JIMMY HANCOCK email@example.com POCATELLO — Local and regional Rotarians passed out dictionaries to third-graders at Gate City Elementary School Friday morning as part of an effort to get dictionaries in the hands of more than 1,000 School District 25 students. Gate City‟s third-graders sat in the cafeteria singing songs as they awaited the arrival of the Rotary Club members, including District 25 Superintendent Mary Vagner. Janice Green, the school‟s principal, introduced the Rotarians to the students. “I told these kids that third-graders get everything,” Green said, referring to other programs implemented at that grade level. “Now they get something else that is vital to their education.” Greg Gunter, president of the Rotary club, briefly explained to the students his organization‟s purpose and why its members wanted to help the third-graders. “All we are about is being of service to others,” Gunter said. “We care very deeply about you young people, because you are the future of the world.” The dictionaries were purchased through a grant from Rotary District 5400, which includes Idaho, and $2,000 from the three local Rotary Clubs — Gate City, Centennial and Pocatello. The gifts are part of a new Rotary District 5400 project called Literacy Plus. Gene Day, governor of Rotary District 5400 and a member of Blue Lakes Rotary Club in Twin Falls, is the man behind Literacy Plus. He also spoke to the students at Gate City Elementary on Friday. “When I heard about this project, I thought this was cool,” Day told the students. He then held up one of the dictionaries and showed the students something interesting he found in the final pages. “It‟s the longest word in the English language,” Day said of the word that occupied nearly an entire page. “How‟d you like to have that word on a spelling test?” Vagner called Rotary‟s new project “awesome.” “Learning to use a dictionary is part of the third-grade curriculum,” Vagner said. Gunter said this is the first year of Literacy Plus, a project Rotary District 5400 plans to continue annually. “Encouraging literacy is one of the primary emphases of Rotary International,” he said. ISU enrollment woes Head count up, but credit hours are going down BY CASEY SANTEE firstname.lastname@example.org Editor‟s note: This is the first part of a two-part series on Idaho State University‟s enrollment woes. Part two will run on Monday. Enrollment at Brigham Young University-Idaho has grown steadily since 2002, when the institution formerly known as Rick‟s College became a four-year school and changed its name. And at first blush, enrollment at Idaho State University also appears to be on the rise. After suffering a sharp 9 percent decline in its student head count in 2006, last year ISU announced a modest 4.2 percent increase, rising from 12,676 to 13,208 students — at least on paper. The problem arises when one looks at ISU‟s credit hours, the main driver of state funding and the source of $45 million in student fees and tuition. Those credit hours are on a downward slide. !!!!! After hitting an all-time high of nearly 151,000 credit hours in 2003, that number fell 9 percent to about 137,000 hours last year. The trend has cost the university several million dollars and is leading to concerns from lenders. How can it be that enrollment is up while credit hours are down? Enrollment is a general term. There are several formulas for counting students, and each yields a different result for a different purpose. The total student head count represents all people taking at least one class at ISU — including high school students enrolled in the university‟s Early College Program, which means they take college-level classes for reduced fees at their respective high schools. This number lets university officials know how many people ISU is serving. The total credit hours are the number of billable credits that students take at ISU. Tuition and fees combined with state appropriations make up about 65 percent of ISU‟s revenue. Both Standard and Poor‟s and Moody‟s Investors Service gave ISU a stable bond rating for 2007 but listed enrollment as the university‟s top challenge. In turn, ISU pointed the finger 74 miles northeastward, to BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. “The university is concerned about the decline in enrollment and points to increased competition — especially from a local institution that recently went to four years from two,” Standard and Poor‟s reported. Moody‟s was even more specific, naming BYU-Idaho as a chief reason given by ISU for the decline. BYU-Idaho officials agree the university‟s recent upgrade from a two-year college has had an impact on ISU‟s enrollment, but they said it was limited mostly to students who no longer need to transfer to ISU to complete their four-year bachelor‟s degrees. “The biggest thing we‟ve seen is ISU and other universities don‟t get the transfer students from us anymore,” said Rob Garrett, BYU-Idaho director of admissions. “But we‟re not seeing ISU students flock up here.” Given the lack of numbers, who knows? Officials at both universities said they don‟t track such statistics. “To the best of my knowledge, the analysis you are asking for has not been done at this point,” said Steven Neiheisel, ISU director of enrollment planning, when asked how many students the university is losing to BYU-Idaho. “I don‟t know whether we‟ve formally quantified it. We know there‟s been a decline.” ISU hired Neiheisel in 2007 to address the enrollment problems after an enrollment task force created the previous fall issued its final report. While BYU-Idaho is a key factor, Neiheisel said the reason for ISU‟s enrollment setbacks is not limited to competition from that university. The issue is complex with a multitude of factors, including increased competition from universities in neighboring states. Neiheisel pointed south of the Idaho border to Utah State University. He said USU is drawing students from ISU by offering Idaho residents significant financial aid incentives. USU officials said financial aid is awarded based on financial need rather than to attract out-of- state students. They said USU has no program that offers tuition discounts to Idahoans. However, the USU Web site lists a “100-mile radius scholarship” that provides $7,000 to full- time freshmen who live within 100 miles of the university‟s campus in Logan, about 40 miles from the Idaho border. Given that USU‟s nonresident tuition is nearly $11,000 annually, incoming Idaho freshmen can attend their first year of college at USU for about $700 less than at ISU, where tuition and fees have more than doubled during the past decade. In fact, following a 6 percent tuition and fees hike approved this month by the state Legislature, Idaho residents attending ISU this fall will pay almost $4,700 — 26 percent more than they paid five years ago. Neiheisel mentioned Idaho‟s growing economy as another factor for ISU‟s enrollment woes. Fewer Idaho residents are attending college, he said, due to the availability of lucrative jobs in the state. As far as solutions, Neiheisel said the university is increasing its recruitment and retention efforts, including forming collaborations with junior colleges in California in an effort to lure transfer students from the Golden State. He said California‟s fouryear universities don‟t have room for all of the in-state junior college transfers. Neiheisel also mentioned the success of ISU‟s Early College Program as a major reason for the university‟s 2007 rebound in student head count. The program allows high school students to take college-level classes at their respective schools for a reduced rate of $65 per credit hour rather than the standard rate of $221. About 45 high schools in Eastern Idaho participate in the program. Neiheisel said the program is an effective way for the university to serve more people. It also helps give high school students the confidence they need to succeed in college and, in doing so, will likely be an effective long- term recruiting tool. However, it does little directly to raise tuition and fee revenue. “Concurrent enrollment was a factor in last year‟s rebound, but it does not make up for the lost credit hours,” Neiheisel said. “We‟re attempting to shift focus. We need to start talking about credit hours.” Garth Hall, BYU-Idaho vice president for student services and activities, has a unique perspective on ISU. He was the Bengal‟s head football coach in the early 1990s. Hall said it is not fair for ISU to blame BYU-Idaho for its enrollment woes. He said ISU is state-funded while BYU-Idaho is a private college. He also said that, unlike ISU, BYU-Idaho has no graduate programs and recruits from a larger geographical area. Indeed, 91 percent of ISU students hail from Idaho, compared to 44 percent of BYU-Idaho‟s students. “The growth that we‟ve seen has come from around the country,” Hall said. Students team with retailer to practice marketing BY YANN RANAIVO email@example.com POCATELLO — Snow flurries Thursday morning did not stop Phil Meador Mitsubishi, of Pocatello, from hosting a celebration to showcase a line of new cars, the culmination of a semester-long project for an Idaho State University marketing class. “I wouldn‟t even say this is the conclusion because we still have to do post-surveys, post-focus groups and a postevent presentation,” said Lonny Walker, one of 11 ISU students who worked on a marketing campaign for the local car dealership. “I would say this is the climax.” A handful of students in professor Philip Nitse‟s Marketing 428 class worked with the local Mitsubishi dealer this semester to help promote the Mitsubishi Lancer, which had three models on display Thursday. The event invited students to gather near the Pond Student Union building as they enjoyed free meals and live entertainment. Every year, Nitse assigns his students to complete a marketing campaign for local retailers attempting to promote new products that could appeal to a college population. Last year, the professor‟s class promoted one of Meador‟s Subaru models, and the annual engagement allows marketing students to gain hands-on experience in the field while saving businesses thousands of marketing dollars. This year‟s project cost Meador Mitsubishi $2,500 to implement. Nitse‟s students worked with radio stations, sought community donors and sent out press releases promoting Thursday‟s marketing event. The marketing class also conducted surveys, created focus groups and presented its promotion campaign to Meador Mitsubishi to determine college student needs. The dealership‟s objective was to bolster student interest for the Lancer, which has models valued from $18,000 to $30,000. Liza Leonard, the de facto class leader for this year‟s marketing project, said the Lancer became easier to promote due to its popularity in the video game circuit. “What we did is that we researched what people were looking for,” Leonard said. “We were dealing with real clients and real money.” Walker added, “Now we can ask „Are people going to consider the Lancer now? What things went well?‟ We have suggestions that we can pass on to next year‟s class, too.” FROM THE IDAHO FALLS POST REGISTER (PASSWORD REQUIRED) Try walking to school (Opinion) Louise Wagenknecht Local columnist By firing two valuable employees responsible for transporting students to and from school, Salmon School District officials have empowered the wrong people -- unruly kids on the bus, writes Louise Wagenknecht. Forty years ago, I rode a bus to a high school 20 miles away. For one entire school year, 10 miles of the route was under construction in a steep river canyon. That winter, the highway was a sea of mud navigated by belly-dumpers, bulldozers and dump trucks. Traffic went through once an hour, past unstable road cuts hundreds of feet high, down which fell boulders the size of Volkswagens -- once one bounced about 20 feet in front of us, then shot into the swollen river. Another time, a gasoline tanker fishtailed and lost its rear trailer over the bank, keeping us trapped behind it for half an hour. In the back of the bus lurked teenaged males who yelled, fought, threw spit wads and teased the grade-schoolers and shouted crude remarks at the grinning workmen. One lapse of attention on the part of our harried and underpaid driver could have killed us all, but members of that hormone-addled gang were concerned only with their status in the pack. And our bus driver? Once out of the construction area, he drove 70 miles an hour down the last straightaway to get us off his hands as quickly as possible. He had long since exhausted all other remedies except gunfire, which in an emergency might, I suppose, have been provided by his neighbor Hollis, who sometimes hitched a ride to town with us. Hollis was about 75, packed a lever-action Winchester rifle, and wore a canvas coat treated with sheep dip (to repel ticks). He sat in front of the heater and kept us all bathed in creosote fumes. So when a Salmon school bus driver took her unruly charges on a short detour a few weeks ago in an attempt to scare them straight, I had a pretty good idea of her dilemma. True, an accident during that detour would have left guilt, pain and liability all around. But by firing -- instead of reprimanding and suspending -- a pair of valuable employees, the district has not solved the problem. It has instead taught the passengers that they are in control, a dangerous conceit that may someday involve a distracted driver in a truly horrendous wreck. Sources close to the incident tell me that children on the longer bus routes are much better behaved than those on the urbanized route where the detour occurred, and that misbehavior on "the town bus" is by no means confined to a few. With diesel at $4.16 a gallon, the elimination of that bus route would save money and allow at least some of the district's pupils to work off their excess energy with a brisk walk or bike ride twice a day. Wagenknecht is a writer based in Leadore. ISU sees more students, fewer credit hours POCATELLO (AP) -- Despite more students, Idaho State University has seen a drop in the number of credit hours being taken, a decrease that has cost the school several million dollars. Last year, school officials said enrollment had increased 4.2 percent to 13,208 students. But they also said the number of credit hours fell 9 percent to 137,000. Total student enrollment counts everyone who is taking a class at ISU, including high school students enrolled in the school's Early College Program.
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