MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, TEACHERS, REACH A TENTATIVE ACCORD

The long adversarial process to come up with a contract between the Morongo Unified School District and the teachers’ union may finally be over. Reporter David Haldane said a tentative agreement was announced at last night’s School Board meeting… The first indication that something had changed was the silence. For

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, TEACHER ACTION EXPECTED

The Morongo Unified School Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter David Haldane says with a routine agenda, all eyes will be on what teachers battling for a contract may do… What will the teachers do next? That’s the question likely to be on the minds of many attendees at

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TRIAL STARTING FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Joshua Tree woman accused of embezzling from Morongo Unified School District two years ago. Court records show the alleged embezzlement occurred in August 2014, and school administrators called police about the embezzlement in November 2014. Karin Buttinelli, 50—who worked in the

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A RAUCOUS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, TEACHERS INDICATE POSSIBLE STRIKE

Last night’s school board meeting was a loud one. With a room full of angry teachers, flyers warning of a possible strike, and angry speeches, the board heard loud and clear that two years without a contract is unacceptable. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… Teachers in

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: A CSEA ACCORD, WE CLARIFY NO TEACHERS AGREEMENT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees meets in regular session tonight. An agreement with non-teaching employees is expected. While Z107.7 News yesterday indicated a pending teacher’s agreement, reporter David Haldane clarifies that the negotiation process is still unsettled and ongoing… The Morongo Unified School District is set to

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NOW ADVERSARIAL, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TEACHERS TO TRY FACT-FINDING

The standoff between the local teacher’s union and the Morongo Unified School District over a new contract has spiraled into what is now being described as arguing sessions as the negotiations have turned bitter. As teachers now enter their second year without a contract, Reporter David Haldane says the two

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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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