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Education

  • High school helps family in need

    By Deb Hurley Brobst
    Staff Writer
    Clear Creek High School has donated $1,000 to a Clear Creek family in dire financial circumstances as dad Walter Lucas battles a debilitating lung disease.
    Lucas is next on the waiting list for a double lung transplant and double heart-bypass surgery in California, which would give him a new lease on life, according to his wife, Kathy. The cost for surgery and his recovery will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Kathy says the family is at the end of its financial rope.

  • Science unit energizes Carlson students

    Carlson sixth-graders stood in line last Friday to receive shoebox-size cardboard boxes to take home. While small on the outside, the boxes were filled to the brim with science.

  • A slice of life

    For some, it was an icky, slimy assignment. For others, it was pretty cool. 

    By the end of the science class at King-Murphy Elementary School recently, the fourth-graders had a deeper appreciation for the human heart after dissecting a pig’s heart.

    “It was disgusting but good,” fourth-grader Maddison Bailey said of her first foray into dissection. “It’s like you’re doing surgery on someone.”

    “It smells like rotten bacon,” Lilli Lemascus added.

  • Slow and steady wins the school snail races

    With grinning youngsters peering down at them, three snails were off, moving down an elaborate cardboard racetrack at — pardon the pun — a snail’s pace.

  • Parents, students admire renovations at King-Murphy

    The fourth-grade classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School have that fresh-paint, new-carpet smell.

    “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told the students to look at the carpet,” said fourth-grade teacher Samantha Gorenstein, knowing the carpets won’t be clean for long as students settle into the daily — and sometimes messy — routine of the new school year.

  • Schools revamp websites

    Clear Creek parents soon will be able to access their children's grades over a cell phone.

  • School year starts with familiar faces, new wrinkles

    A familiar face is greeting students, parents and visitors at Clear Creek High/Middle School.

    Rebecca Warmack, a 2000 graduate whose dad taught at the school for more than 30 years, is the school secretary. The school year starts for Clear Creek schools on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Warmack, 32, has a marketing degree from Niagara University in New York, which she attended on a cross-country scholarship. She and her brother, Zack, lived in Florida for six years because she wanted to be near the beach.

  • School budget will dip into reserves again

    The Clear Creek School District’s 2014-15 budget reflects several changes championed by the former superintendent, pay increases for teachers and staff — and a $152,000 shortfall that will be covered by reserve funds.

    The budget, recently approved by the school board, shows $8.6 million in general fund expenditures compared with last year’s $8.4 million.

    District business manager Willie Leslie said the district has had to use reserve funds to balance the budget in other years. The district’s reserve fund stands at $1.4 million.

  • School board signs curriculum contract

    The Clear Creek school board has signed a one-year contract with the Flippen Group, a consulting firm, for about $72,000 to align the curriculum through all grades.

    Interim Superintendent Roslin Marshall told the board at a work session June 12 that she tried to negotiate a lower price, but her efforts were unsuccessful.

    “So we’re looking forward to moving on with it,” Marshall said. The staff will receive more information about the realignment process by the end of this week, she said.

  • Former superintendent says it’s time to move on from district

    Former Clear Creek Superintendent Todd Lancaster said he decided ultimately to resign from his position so he and the school district could move on.

    “For many personal and professional reasons, it is best to move on,” Lancaster said. “It’s a sad thing the way it all happened. I sincerely hope the district moves on as soon as it can.”

    Lancaster said he was already being recruited for positions that offered more money.