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Buena Vista – The Buena Vista school board conducted a work session on its facilities master plan Monday, continuing a discussion on the future of some of its older structures as well as how to address growth in preschool classes.

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Community members affected by recent changes in use fees at Salida School District facilities filled the Kesner Building boardroom Tuesday evening to express their concerns to the school board during public comment.

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Salida High School graduate Kathryn Edgington recently was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Dr. Tiffany Rhodes, gynecologist at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, will present information on human papilloma virus (HPV) at a Lunch & Learn session at noon today at the hospital, 1000 Rush Drive.

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The Salida school board will discuss capital projects and the district strategic plan at its meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Kesner Building boardroom, 349 E. Ninth St.

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State Rep. Jim Wilson (R-Salida) received the 2019 Legislator Excellence Award Tuesday from Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia.

The award was presented by a group of mothers with dyslexic children who have created an advocacy group called Colorado Kids Identified with Dyslexia (COKID), which maintains a presence at the state Capitol, a press release stated.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder involving the skills used in reading such as decoding letters, words and sounds.

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BUENA VISTA – When students at Buena Vista High School and McGinnis Middle School return from Christmas break Jan. 9, they’ll start the new semester in a new school building.

After generations of Buena Vista students moved through its halls, the old middle school and high school building closed its doors for the last time Dec. 

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Colorado Department of Education official pupil count statistics show Salida School District R-32-J had an influx of 66 students between Oct. 1, 2018, and Oct. 1, 2019. New students brought the total to 1,331 students in the district this year.

The school with the largest population growth is Salida Middle School with 26 students added to the student population, mostly from a large entering fifth-grade class.

Salida Early Childhood Center added 25 students to its roster this year.

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Study habits are a struggle for all students; we all hate when we need to “study” or “work hard for good grades,” but getting good grades can mean better for you later on in life.

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The Salida High School drama team’s production of “Hamlet,” under the direction of Devon Kasper and assistant coach Cat Schleicher, earned a superior rating at the annual Colorado Thespian Conference Thursday through Saturday in Denver.

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The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees discussed adding an advisory board liaison from Salida, which joined the CMC tax district in November, at their December meeting Thursday in Glenwood Springs.

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Crest Academy students in Salida are building websites for two local businesses, and we are very excited about this project. Our students have been hired as web designers for Fun Street Family Arcade and Salida Carpentry.

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Carrie Mattix of Poncha Springs and Greg Reed of Salida were appointed to the Salida school board Tuesday at the board’s regular meeting.

Mattix will represent District 1 and Reed will represent District 5.

Reed, who is retired, has a 45-year history in education as a classroom teacher, principal, central administrator and at the college level at Metro State University.

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Junior and senior high school students in Chaffee and Fremont counties may submit entries until March 1 for the 2020 Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship.

The scholarship recognizes excellence in fiction and creative nonfiction writing, according to a press release. 

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The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees will administer the oath of office to new trustees and elect board officers at their regular meeting today at Glenwood Center, 1420 Blake St., Glenwood Springs.

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The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Family Birthing Center will offer a childbirth class from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital’s second-floor conference rooms, 1000 Rush Drive.

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Buena Vista – The Buena Vista Community Education Assistance Fund awarded nearly $10,000 in grants to seven teacher projects at the Monday meeting of the Buena Vista school board.

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Chaffee County commissioners met with Salida School District R-32-J Superintendent David Blackburn to consider the future purchase of land for the school district in the Poncha Springs area.

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Hunter O’Dell will miss his kids.

The retiring Salida school bus driver said, “My philosophy of driving them is once they get on my bus, they are my kids.

O’Dell has been a fixture for a couple of generations of Salida students, with his signature Green Bay Packers cap and his customary “good morning” and “good night” to each student on his daily runs.

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Buena Vista – Buena Vista schools were placed on lockout Thursday afternoon by the Buena Vista Police Department following reports of a suspicious person.

The Buena Vista Police Department reported that it received information at about 2 p.m. from an another agency concerning a social media post about schools.

The Buena Vista School District notified parents about 2:54 p.m. Thursday that Buena Vista police had put the schools in lockout. The text and phone notifications stated the schools would dismiss on time with officers on duty to escort students.

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Shavano Academic Booster Club observes its 30th anniversary this year, having recognized nearly 2,000 students in the Salida School District.

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Central Colorado Humanists and Vino Salida will host a book signing with “Salida Sam” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, 10495 CR 120, Poncha Springs.

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Buena Vista nonprofit organization elevateHER announced it will significantly expand its programming in the upcoming year.

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The Board of Education of Salida School District R-32-J announced it has two vacancies on the board following the Nov. 5 election. 

In accordance with state law, the board declared a vacancy in director District 1 and director District 5 at its meeting Tuesday, according to a press release. 

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Colorado cottage food producers can learn food safety and meet the requirements for the Colorado Cottage Food Act in a class from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds meeting room, 10165 CR 120.

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The barbaric nature of the children in “Lord of the Flies” when they’re stuck on the island inspired Salida Middle School eighth-grader Clara Streeter to make a special dish Tuesday for the school’s annual Book Feast, which combines reading with food.

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BAILEY – South Park Educators Association and Park County School District RE-2 recently reached a memorandum of understanding, prompting teachers to return to the classrooms Oct. 24 following a 10-day strike.

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Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is celebrating the centennial of the passage of women’s suffrage in Colorado.

The college will celebrate women in film throughout November in the International Film Series, at 6 p.m. Fridays in the Climax Building KW Room.

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While volunteering for local non-profits The Alliance and The Grainery, Salida High School junior Sophie Pressly noticed something: Very few high school students in the area were volunteering.

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Bailey – Specific details about the exit of Park County School District RE-2 Superintendent Joe Torrez are not yet known, but a brief statement was released by the district Nov. 5 announcing his departure effective Dec. 31.

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Leadville – Lake County School District will build a new elementary school, thanks to the 1,240 Lake County residents who voted yes on Lake County ballot issue 4A.

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Colorado Mountain College and On performance running shoes will present a meet and greet and run with world-class middle-distance runner Andrew Wheating Nov. 24 at CMC Leadville.