SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS FOR INPUT ON ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN

The Morongo Unified School District is asking for the public’s input for the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Each school has a link to the survey on their webpage or it is available on the district’s website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us. The survey ends December 16, 2016. The district values your

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WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS PROBATION

A Joshua Tree woman who was convicted in September of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District was sentenced to three years’ probation on Friday. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR RONALD PALMER HAS DIED

Ronald Palmer, a member of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors and Twentynine Palms resident, died Wednesday evening. Palmer, who was just re-elected to the school board, had been a member of the school board since 2007. Palmer retired after teaching math at Twentynine Palms Junior High. He

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CIF FOOTBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY

In high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats will travel to Anaheim and take on undefeated Katella High School in the quarterfinals of the CIF Division 11 playoff bracket. The Wildcats are 8-3, and Katella has an 11-0 record. The CIF playoff game will be played at

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HONOR ED WILL TONIGHT

There may be marching at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Here with more is reporter David Haldane… Attendees of tonight’s Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting may find it difficult to stay in their seats. Or, at the very least, there’s likely

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BABY IT’S COLD INSIDE: A NEW MEGA-FREEZER FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

School district officials held court yesterday at their latest pride and joy; a brand-new freezer. Reporter David Haldane wore a coat to the event and filed this report… The thing is so big that you can almost get lost in it. So cold that even a warm jacket won’t keep

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SCHOOL BOARD TOURS MODERNIZED SCHOOL CAMPUS

Last night’s Morongo Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting began with a tour of a recently modernized elementary school. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… The number two pencil is dead. That’s the message imparted by Morongo Unified School District Superintendent Tom Baumgarten at last night’s

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WE LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES FOR MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Morongo Unfired School District Board. Reporter David Haldane takes a snapshot of all four… Harmony. That’s pretty much what all four candidates for the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education say they want, particularly in light of the district’s recent

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SCHOOL DISTRICT WANTS SURPLUS PROPERTY COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS

The Morongo Unified School District is accepting applications for residents to serve on a Surplus Property Advisory Committee for the former Joshua Tree Elementary School. Committee members will review data and determine what should be considered surplus property and how it should be used or disposed of. For applications, call

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LOCAL TEACHERS FINALLY HAVE A NEW CONTRACT

After more than a year of bitter argument, local teachers finally have a new contract agreement. Reporter David Haldane has the story… The Eagle has landed. That’s the sentiment around the Morongo Unified School District today following the board of education’s unanimous ratification of a contract agreement with district teachers

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SCHOOLBOARD ACCEPTS VOCATIONAL EDUCATION EQUIPMENT FROM COUNTY

A highlight from the Morongo Unified School District board meeting Tuesday night was the donation of thousands of dollars in equipment to the school district from the county-run Regional Occupation Programs. The county donated all the equipment used in the dental, culinary arts, computer programming, sports medicine, and broadcasting ROP

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SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM TONIGHT

A forum featuring candidates for the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education is set for tonight (Thursday, October 13). Sponsored by the Morongo Teachers Association, the event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School, 7252 Sunny Vista Road, in Joshua Tree. Members of the

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, VOCATIONAL EQUIPMENT AND A TEXTBOOK REVIEW

Occupational training is on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter David Haldane takes a look… Future dental technicians and food service workers will get a treat at tonight’s regular meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education; several thousand

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LOCAL SCHOOL LOCKER ROOMS BEING CONVERTED TO TRANSGENDER

Recent Title IX rulings bar public schools from discriminating against transgender students, a mandate that has been widely interpreted as requiring them to be assigned locker rooms based on the gender with which they most identify. Reporter David Haldane takes a look at how that’s being implemented in the Morongo

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SCHOOL DISTRICT HEARING ON TEXTBOOKS OCTOBER 11

The Morongo Unified School District will hold a public hearing Oct. 11 regarding the sufficiency of its textbooks requirement. The public is invited to attend; the meeting begins 7 pm at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Street.

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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