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WEST SALEM — Chad Alexander said one of his best talents when working in the insurance industry was talking to customers in person or on the phone.

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SALEM — A massive proposal to inject more money into Oregon's struggling public school system is headed to the governor's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

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INDEPENDENCE/MONMOUTH — Central School District Superintendent Jennifer Kubista has stacks of poster boards in her office with feedback, in English and Spanish, from the chats she’s hosted the last couple of months.

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INDEPENDENCE —The actors in Central High School’s production of “School House Rock” are pulling double duty — they’re also on the tech team.

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INDEPENDENCE -- The Central School District announced it will cancel school on May 8 to allow teachers to join the “Day of Action” to encourage lawmakers to provide more money for education at the State Capitol.

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SALEM — A $1 billion-per-year tax plan to boost education cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Capitol Monday — and it got a big political boost in the process.

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Monmouth – The echoes of drums are not far off in the distance. Western Oregon University's Multicultural Student Union Powwow is set to take off Saturday at noon in the Werner University Center at WOU.

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DALLAS — Whitworth Elementary School’s fourth-grade class end-of-the-year field trip to Astoria is some students’ first time seeing the ocean.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School District kicked off its budget process by asking those working in classrooms and front offices what they believe should be the spending priorities.

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DALLAS — Fundraising for the Mr. and Ms. Dallas Pageant is underway, and there’s two opportunities to help the cause, which raises money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

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DALLAS — An Oregon School Boards Association review of the two charter schools the Dallas School District sponsors shows advancement in some areas and room for improvement in others.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Indy Commons hosted an informational meeting on Thursday for the newly formed Youth MIC.

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INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” has been a long time in the making.Vocal music and drama director Jeff Witt has been waiting about 20 years to put on the show.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Central School District Superintendent Jennifer Kubista will hold a series of community chats.

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Audience members might not expect singing and dancing in a play called “Speech and Debate,” but it’s in there.

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The Dallas School District will draft a policy intended to increase its contingency fund, or ending-fund balance, by 1 percent each year over the next several years.

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The Dallas School District approved Dallas business owner Micky Garus to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Enrollment at several grade levels at Ash Creek Elementary, Independence Elementary and Monmouth Elementary will be closed for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, according to a news release from Jennifer Kubista, Central School District superintendent.

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Central High School cheerleaders took first place at a game day competition in Portland in September. Now they’re working their way to the United Spirit Nationals competition, which is in Anaheim, Calif. in February.

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This Saturday, you can watch funny retakes of the fairy tales you grew up with and support a program that provides food and other necessities to students in need.

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The CHS POWER Peers Panther Pantry can help fill several different needs a student may have, from toiletries to clothing to a bite to eat.

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The state released school report card data on Oct. 24, and for most measures, Polk County high schools are performing similarly or better than average across the state.

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The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is meeting for their annual quiche breakfast at Western Oregon University — for the next couple of weeks.

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Dallas Community School Director Bill Conlon is thrilled to have what he considers a real school office — and desks for each teacher — at the charter school’s new location in Dallas.

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Students and staff of Ash Creek Elementary School don’t wear uniforms, but now their clothing will have a common colorful thread — tie dye.

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Teachers, classified staff and their supporters lined the front steps of the Central School District office Monday before the monthly board meeting.

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Names of students who have made the scholastic honor roll summer term 2018 have been announced by Oregon State University.

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Studying nursing at Oregon Health and Science University for Monmouth and Independence residents has never been easier since OHSU added a campus in Monmouth 10 years ago in partnership with Western Oregon University.