STATEWIDE TEST SCORES: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

The state of California released standardized testing scores for our local school district. Reporter David Haldane says it was good news and bad news… For the Morongo Unified School District, there’s good news and bad news in this week’s release of statewide test scores in math and English. The good

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CONTRACT FRUSTRATION EVIDENT AT TUESDAY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The frustrations were evident at Tuesday’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District board. The school district’s teachers are into their second year without a contract, and teachers and board members are exasperated that the two sides have not yet been able to reach an agreement. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS AT LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Whoever said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch obviously didn’t go to school in the Morongo Basin. Our local public schools are offering free and reduced price meals. Reporter David Haldane tells us who is eligible and how to sign up… As it does annually, the Morongo

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS START TODAY, DRIVER SAFETY REMINDERS

Today is the first day of school for the Morongo Unified School District. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. Now that Morongo Basin schools are open, drivers must be more cautious than ever in

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COMMUNITY BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

With school starting in the Morongo Unified School District August 22, a community back-to-school day is planned for tomorrow in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane tells you how to get free backpacks, supplies, information, and screenings… If your kid needs a new backpack for school, you’re in luck: a whole

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NON-TEACHING SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENT

It looks like the non-teaching employees of the Morongo unified School District, after long stalled negotiations, have finally reached an agreement with the district over their contract, Reporter David Haldane looks at the proposed terms… “Houston, we have an agreement!” That was the headline on a press release sent out

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SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR THOUSANDS

Changes in the law requiring immunizations for students at public schools are affecting many thousands in the state. Reporter David Haldane said the new vaccination requirements are much tougher… Do you object to having your child immunized against common diseases at school? Well, deal with it! That’s the message being

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SURPRISE RESIGNATION FROM A MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

The Morongo Unified School Board got a surprise resignation yesterday. Reporter David Haldane says the board will bid long-time member Ed Will farewell… The makeup of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is about to change. In a surprise announcement, 12 ½-year board member J. Edward Will said

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MUSD, SCHOOL EMPLOYEES STUCK ON “ME TOO” CONTRACT CLAUSE

The Morongo Unified School District and the California School Employees Association had a bargaining session Wednesday, and have tentatively agreed on three more items, but continue to disagree on the “me too” clause of salary negotiations. The CSEA is a union that represents classified employees such as security, food service,

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN BUSY WORK, CLOSED, AND OPEN SESSIONS

The Morongo Unified School Board will be very busy today with work-study, closed, and open sessions. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… The Morongo Unified School District Board of trustees will meet in a work-study session at 5:00 today to receive presentations on the Single Plans for Student

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer… The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE FOR AREA CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer…

The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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SCHOOL BOARD IN WORK/STUDY, CLOSED, AND OPEN SESSIONS TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School Board has a very busy schedule of meetings starting this evening. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the school board will be in a work/study session, closed session, including a meeting with teachers and employees, and then an open session… The Morongo Unified School District Board of

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CHOOL DISTRICT, NON-TEACHING EMPLOYEES STILL NEGOTIATING

Staff from the Morongo Unified School District and the California School Employees Association continue to negotiate a labor contract. The CSEA is a union that represents classified employees such as security, food service, office and clerical workers, maintenance and operations, and instructional assistants. At its May 26 negotiating meeting, the

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS DISGRUNTLED TEACHERS, REJECTS CHARTER SCHOOL

The Morongo Unified School Board met last night to an audience of disgruntled teachers. Reporter David Haldane said a work action discussion was followed by a surprise rejection to a proposed charter school… It was a sea of blue t-shirts. That was the pervasive color last night as a standing-room-only

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: TEACHER PROTESTS, CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION

The Morongo Unified School Board of trustees meets tonight. The Board is expecting a presence from teachers in a contract impasse working only required hours and a charter school petition consideration. Reporter David Haldane takes a closer look… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District are hoping to see lots

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS, TEACHERS DAY, TEACHERS SOUGHT, AND MEALS MAY GO UP

The Morongo Unified School Board meets in regular session. Reporter David Haldane says a day to honor teachers, a call for more teachers, and an increase in the price of meals are all on the agenda… Teachers in the Morongo Unified School District may soon have a day set aside

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FOUR MORONGO BASIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AWARDED STATE GOLD RIBBON AWARDS

Four Morongo Basin elementary schools earned Gold Ribbon Awards by the California Department of Education for making gains in academic content and performance standards. The gains were made in language arts, math, language development, and science. Last year, the award recognized middle and high schools. The Morongo Basin’s Gold Ribbon

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CUTS TIES WITH HOPE ACADEMY

Members of the Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education are having a busy week. Last night they met to make difficult decisions regarding the district’s charter schools. And tomorrow they’ll be gathering for a special work study session to hammer out a strategic plan for the future, a timeline

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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWS COMPETING CHARTER SCHOOLS TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says charter schools are the dominating agenda item… The hot-button question of which charter school will serve the Morongo Unified School District may be resolved at the board of education’s regular meeting tonight. On one hand, the

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