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County school districts look at each other for cost sharing ideas

As the county’s six school districts continue to seek ways to tighten their budgets without affecting students, they’re increasing looking to each other for ideas.

February 28th, 2011 | Posted in County News,Jefferson County North School District,Jefferson West School District,Keystone Learning Services,McLouth School District,Oskaloosa School District,Perry School District,Schools,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Jeff West superintendent resigns; budget cuts dominate meeting

by Clarke Davis Jefferson West Superintendent Scott Myers submitted his resignation to the school board Monday night informing the members that he was accepting a professorship at Washburn University. Myers, 46, completed his doctorate degree last May and said a college professorship has been a life-long dream. He will be part of the doctorial program, […]

February 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Jefferson West School District,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Keystone board removes interim from Marshall’s title

The title was removed from Dr. Tim Marshall by the Keystone Board on Monday night at their monthly meeting.

February 1st, 2011 | Posted in County News,Jefferson County North School District,Jefferson West School District,Keystone Learning Services,McLouth School District,Oskaloosa School District,Perry School District,Schools,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Talks over Ozawkie building could include purchase by Keystone

by Dennis Sharkey Although many things still need to be worked out it’s still a matter of when rather than if in a move for Keystone to Ozawkie. However, now being thrown into the discussion is the matter of Keystone purchasing the Ozawkie building from the Jefferson West USD 340 sometime in the future. Up […]

January 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Jefferson West School District,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Jefferson West board opts for no-interest money

by Clarke Davis The USD 340 Board of Education approved a resolution Monday night to assume a debt of $600,000. The money is almost interest free and will be used to make needed improvements to buildings and construct a bus barn. The funds will be paid back over a period of 17 years from the […]

December 14th, 2010 | Posted in County News,Jefferson West School District,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Keystone director predicts ‘rough winter’ as financial picture looms ever darker

by Dennis Sharkey The elephant in the corner of the room is not getting any smaller and educators are wondering how the state intends to push the elephant out the door this June. A report given at the Keystone Board meeting last week said that more than $500,000 of funding will have to be replaced […]

December 2nd, 2010 | Posted in County News,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Keystone, Jefferson West to meet soon

by Dennis Sharkey A move for Keystone Learning Services and the John Dewey Learning Academy to Ozawkie seems like a logical decision but some concerns still need to be answered. No meetings have taken place regarding the Ozawkie school building between Keystone and Jefferson West USD board members yet, but officials from both sides have […]

November 30th, 2010 | Posted in County News,Jefferson West School District,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Keystone hopes to start building negotiations soon

by Dennis Sharkey Negotiations for a possible move for Keystone Learning Services could begin before winter break for schools. Last month the Keystone Board appointed Ron Langston, JCN USD 339, Ed Courtney, McLouth USD 342 and Keystone Director and JCN USD 339 Superintendent Dr. Tim Marshall to serve as a negotiations committee with the Jefferson […]

November 22nd, 2010 | Posted in County News,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Older students with disabilities now school’s responsibility

by Dennis Sharkey A possible move to the Intermediate School building in Ozawkie for Keystone could solve a problem that officials are having a hard time solving. Keystone Director of Special Education Rhonda Denning said a change in philosophy on the state level in regards to special education students is causing some extra burdens. In […]

November 7th, 2010 | Posted in County News,Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Keystone Learning Services watching a tight budget

by Dennis Sharkey Like the seven school districts that fund Keystone Learning Services, the administrative staff is watching the budget with a close eye. “It is a very tight budget,” Director Dr. Tim Marshall told Keystone Board members last week. “There is not a place in the budget that money is tucked away. It’s the […]

November 5th, 2010 | Posted in Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

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