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INDEPENDENCE/MONMOUTH — Fifth grade enrollment at Ash Creek Elementary and second grade at Monmouth Elementary are closed for the 2019-20 school year, according to a Central School District news release.

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MONMOUTH — In its 19th year, the Mid-Summer Dinner and Auction is Western Oregon University’s Smith Fine Arts Series’ main fundraiser.

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MONMOUTH — The Apple Box Children’s Theater’s production of “Beowulf” maintains the integrity of the original piece, while making it accessible to both the young actors who play the part and audience members.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Central School District Board of Directors on June 24 renewed Superintendent Jennifer Kubista’s contract through June of 2022.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board authorized transferring $400,000 out of contingency and into the instruction and support services funds help to cover the 2018-19 school year close-out costs and maintenance needs.

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DALLAS — When Nash Stanton was in his early years in high school, he wasn’t sure he would earn his way to graduation.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth Independence Community Foundation awarded eight scholarships totaling $11,000 to Central High School seniors at the senior award ceremony on June 5.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Central Education Association named its elementary and secondary teachers of the year.

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DALLAS — When Dallas High School junior Hailey McBride asked about why DHS doesn’t allow seniors to decorate their graduation caps, she didn’t get a definitive answer.

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INDEPENDENCE — Visitors to Inspiration Gardens in Mt. Fir Park now have a safer path to walk along the south fork of Ash Creek.

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DALLAS — Did you know that you are supposed to wash your hands for two minutes to effectively remove germs?

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board has directed its attorney to investigate allegations the district’s teachers’ and classified employees’ unions brought against Superintendent Michelle Johnstone.

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The Civil War was the topic of a series of demonstrations at LaCreole Middle School on Wednesday, May 29.

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INDEPENDENCE — The latest addition to the landscape in front of Central High School doesn’t need to be watered, but the Interact Club hopes its intention will flourish in the community.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Central School District Budget Committee unanimously approved a $56,440,544 budget for the 2019-20 school year on May 20.

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INDEPENDENCE — Atalin Venegas, 18, wants to pursue a career where she can help other people.

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PERRYDALE — Compassion might not be an official part of the curriculum at Perrydale, but senior Sydney Perkins learned more than a few lessons in it during her 14 years at the school.

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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.