Mill Valley News

Board of Education reviews playground vendors and policy changes

Board of Education reviews playground vendors and policy changes

John Lehan, JagWire reporter/photographer

February 6, 2019


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The Board of Education approved ABCreative inc. for upcoming elementary school playground renovation. Additionally, junior Madelyn Hodes and senior Alicia Ratzloff of the GSA proposed a non-discrimination policy change, which the board will vote on next month. The board also recognized staff members on Monday, Feb. 4. All elementar...

District implements new security features as part of safety initiative

District implements new security features as part of safety initiative

Ally Nguyen, Tanner Smith, and John Lehan

November 16, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The district budgeted over $2 million to implement new security measures after the passing of the USD232 bond. The most recently implemented measures are a door security system and the installation of magnets on every door within the building. Additionally, in compliance with new state standards, schoo...

Board of Education focuses on new security improvements during their October meeting

Board of Education focuses on new security improvements during their October meeting

Tanner Smith, JagWire reporter/photographer

October 2, 2018


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The Board of Education reconfirmed its commitment to school security by continuing to implement the new front door security locks by Tuesday, Oct. 16. Students may also notice changes to the district’s substance abuse policies and continued work from the board on the bond that was passed earlier...

Board of education announces goals for upcoming school year

Board of education announces goals for upcoming school year

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

August 18, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The Board of Education announced goals for the upcoming school year at a meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. Students may notice new changes implemented at the school and district, such as a focus on technology, safety and mental health. While some changes will not be visible to the community, many directly impac...

Upcoming bond issue enables district renovation

Upcoming bond issue enables district renovation

Elizabeth Joseph, JagWire reporter

March 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Voters in the community will soon have the opportunity to approve or reject a bond for the De Soto school district. A bond, which provides funding for large capital projects, has the potential to pave the way for renovations on the school, as well as the rest of the district. The bond can also fund a...

School district uses five of four inclement weather days

School district uses five of four inclement weather days

Tricia Drumm, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

March 5, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Each year, the school district is allotted four emergency closure days, which are used in cases of inclement weather conditions. As of Thursday, Feb. 22, the school district has used five of the four allotted inclement weather days. The used days include Thursday, Jan. 11, Tuesday, Jan. 16 and Tuesda...

Annual convocation boosts excitement for nearing school year

Annual convocation boosts excitement for nearing school year

Tricia Drumm and Joe McClain

August 12, 2016


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Teachers and employees districtwide gathered at Mill Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10 for the annual convocation that begins each school year. Chatter filled the gymnasium as the winners of door prizes were announced, and the district members laughed at the staff-made video before the convocation. The pa...

District offers superintendent position to Frank Harwood

District offers superintendent position to Frank Harwood

Tori Aerni, JagWire editor-in-chief

March 8, 2016


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The Board of Education extended an offer of appointment for superintendent to Frank Harwood, current Bellevue, Nebraska, Public Schools superintendent, at the board meeting on Monday, March 7, 13 months after former superintendent Dr. Doug Sumner announced his resignation. The vote was unanimous among th...

Board of Education prepares for superintendent interviews

Board of Education prepares for superintendent interviews

Laken Wagner, JAG student life editor

January 31, 2016


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The Board of Education discussed beginning the process of interviewing 25 superintendent candidates at a special meeting on Thursday, Jan 28. The chosen superintendent will begin work on or before Friday, July 1, when interim superintendent Dr. Ron Wimmer’s contract expires. The Board hired Wi...

New high school programs, district rebranding proposed

New high school programs, district rebranding proposed

Justin Curto, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

November 3, 2015


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Interim superintendent Dr. Ron Wimmer made a presentation to the Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 2, that included two proposals for the district: implementing advanced academic and technical education programs for high school students and rebranding the district to reflect unity. The first...

Crowding at school manifests itself to students and staff

Crowding at school manifests itself to students and staff

Nick Booth, Justin Curto, Jillian Leiby, and Sarah Myers

September 24, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, Top stories

With the constant influx of students coming into the school each year, students and staff are beginning to feel like they have less space. While much of the focus has been on crowding in the parking lot, students and staff can see this crowding other places inside the school. Despite administrative efforts,...

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