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DALLAS — A Dallas School District enrollment projections report predicts the number of students will increase steadily over the next 10 years.

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POLK COUNTY — Smart Reading programs start next month in Polk County schools.

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SALEM — Ann Gage envisions Brunk House as a place where guests can briefly experience what life was like on the farmstead decades ago.

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MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University finalized the purchase of the historical Vick building in downtown Salem at 525 Trade St. The Vick building will be WOU’s Salem home for several programs, including the new Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Central School District will hold several community chats to review the initial strategic plan and accountability system.

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DALLAS — Darrick Bruns, Whitworth Elementary School’s new principal, wasn’t sure it would happen, but he came back to where his career began.

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DALLAS — For Rachel Alpert, it was a husband-and-wife team of elementary teachers who led her to believe she could do anything she wanted.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Last year, Central School District superintendent Jennifer Kubista held several community chats.

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DALLAS – The Dallas School Board will name Andy Bellando as the district’s interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — All out-of-district enrollment is closed for Central School District.

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DALLAS — Jump Start and Ready for Kindergarten, two kindergarten transition programs in Dallas School District, has helped 45 students and 25 families get ready for the first year of school.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board accepted Superintendent Michelle Johnstone’s resignation and approved a separation agreement with her Monday night.

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DALLAS — The Dallas School Board will vote on a separation agreement with Superintendent Michelle Johnstone at Monday’s special board meeting.

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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.