• 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.

  • Middle school principal named interim superintendent

    The Clear Creek school board has now unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Todd Lancaster, apparently rewriting his departure scenario after two previous votes to fire him. The board then named middle school principal Roslin Marshall as interim superintendent.

    During Friday’s meeting, the board learned that the district’s attorney met with Lancaster to discuss the reasons he was fired, and Lancaster subsequently tendered his resignation. School board members have not commented on the issue, saying their attorney has advised them not to.

  • Teachers question new administrative structure

    Some Clear Creek teachers are concerned that the school board’s plan for teacher-leaders in schools hasn’t been clearly thought out.

    They say the position description is too vague, the positions have hidden responsibilities, and teachers wouldn’t be compensated for all of the additional time they would put into performing the duties.

    The teacher-leaders are part of a new administrative structure the school board has agreed to but hasn’t formally approved. 

    The structure would do two things: