LOADING UP — Joelyn Fleisher, Low Income Energy Assistance Program coordinator (LIEAP), and Stan Gaines, of Brady, pile in a load of wood to help keep him warm. LIEAP is a program to help participants with their energy bills during the winter. The local program received 10-12 cords of wood that is cut and split by Montana inmates in Deer Lodge. Low income and the elderly are the main focus of the program. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
A larger than usual crowd lingered at the school board meeting Feb. 1 to present the case of an Utterback Middle School student who had been bullied during the 2009-2010 school year.
The student’s father was present to speak for his daughter and the pain she has endured after another student pulled her desk chair out from underneath her. According to her father, she is now dealing with back pain that requires medication and visits to physical therapy in Kalispell and Great Falls.
According to the father, the student missed two weeks of school after the incident and when they asked for a 504 to keep her grades up, they were never presented one.
Their daughter is now in Conrad High School and they are not impressed with the lack of an anti-bullying campaign. Recently another one of their children was bullied with name calling, a level one part of bullying, and the father was offended that the only action taken was for the two students involved to write down five things they didn’t like about the other person.
MAJESTIC GLORY — About two miles east of Conrad on Sollid Road there are at least two baldies that have been hanging around most of this winter, perched in the bigger trees along the road waiting for a car to hit a pheasant, rabbits or whatever to get a easy meal. Photo Courtesy of Brian Robinson
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
City council members acted on a full slate of police business on Monday evening.
First on the agenda was the acceptance of Officer Logan Martin who resigned. His wife has accepted a teaching position out of the area.
Following the acceptance, Chief Gary Dent recommended the hiring of Tom Kinyon to replace Martin, effective March 1. On a vote of 2-0 by Councilwoman Wendy Judisch and Alderman Wally McHenry the request was approved.
On a related matter the council, on a 2-0 vote, promoted Scott Holbrooke from Patrolman I to Patrolman II effective Feb. 1.
Dent also gave a monthly report to the council noting there were 192 calls during the month of January.
In part, there were four fights, three domestic situations, two accidents, 47 various assists that included 14 to the ambulance crew and seven rides home from the bars. There was one felony arrest. There are nine dogs and two cats in the pound.
PRESENTING OLD GLORY — The CHS cheerleaders and the “little cheers” present the American flag before the contest of the Choteau game on Saturday. During halftime of the Cowgirls’ game they took to the floor to show off a couple cheering routines they had learned earlier in a cheer clinic. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Conrad School Board chose three finalists to interview for the position of Superintendent during a screening of applicants Friday afternoon. The three finalists were selected from ten applications received for the position.
We were happy with the quality of the applicants and are very excited about the chance to look more closely at the three finalists during the interview process. The Board took a lot of time reviewing all of the applications and selected a group of finalists that have various experiences as administrators and teachers. They each appear to fit many of the skill sets needed to effectively lead our district.
The three finalists selected are Dave Selvig of Scobey, Craig Barringer of Conrad and Larry Markuson of Hot Springs.