SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BOARD MEET IN JOINT SESSION TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will brainstorm with trustees of the local community college tomorrow night. Here with the story is reporter David Haldane… The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education holds a joint meeting with the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees tomorrow night. On

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School Board meets in a busy and wide-ranging closed and open session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… The Morongo Unified School District board of education will meet tonight, opening with a closed session at 5:15 to discuss student expulsions, employee dismissals and discipline, and

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SCHOOL BOARD TO SWEAR IN MIKE CHLEBIK TOMORROW

Michael Chlebik, the newest member of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education, will be sworn in by Superintendent Tom Baumgarten at the board’s regular meeting tomorrow night. Chlebik, a teacher at Joshua Springs Christian School in Yucca Valley, was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the

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CMC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MUSD ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS

Copper Mountain College Foundation is now accepting applications for its CMC Alumni Scholarships for students who attend high school in the Morongo Unified School District. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the deadline to apply is coming up fast…

One student from each of the three local Morongo Unified School District

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MIKE CHLEBIK NAMED TO SCHOOL BOARD

The Morongo Unified School Board of Education selected Michael Chlebik Wednesday afternoon to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Ronald Palmer in November. The board held several special meetings recently to go through the 10 applicants for the position. Chlebik and Ken King were called back for

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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWING BOARD APPLICANTS TODAY AND TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District board of education will meet today and tomorrow to review applications and discuss applicants for the open board seat previously occupied by Ronald Palmer, who died on November 18. Today’s meeting gets underway at 3 p.m. and Wednesday’s at 3:15. Both will be held in

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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWS APPLICANTS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, January 17, to review candidate information and discuss the candidates for the vacant Board of Education seat. The meeting is set for 3 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School, 7252 Sunny Vista, in Joshua Tree.

SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW TO DISCUSS BOARD APPLICANTS

The Morongo Unified School District board of trustees will hold a special meeting Friday, January 13. The board will review candidate information and discuss the candidates’ qualifications for the vacant seat on the board of education. The meeting is set for 8 a.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School, 7252 Sunny

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SCHOOL BOARD INTERVIEWS TEN APPLICANTS FOR EMPTY SEAT

With an open seat after the death of newly-reelected trustee Ron Palmer, The Morongo Unified School District board of trustees will review 10 applications for the opening and determine questions to ask the candidates this morning, followed by the interviews at 9:40 in the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Avenue in

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will deal with a smorgasbord of issues at its regular meeting tonight. Here with the details is reporter David Haldane… The fate of an abandoned high school is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of

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A LOOK BACK AT MORONGO BASIN NEWS IN 2016, PART 3 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year.

After more than a year of bitter arguments, the Morongo Unified School District and the Morongo Teacher’s Association union finally reached an agreement on a new contract. The teachers received a stepped

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SCHOOL BOARD WILL APPOINT MEMBER TO REPLACE RON PALMER

Change is in the air at the Morongo Unified School District. At last night’s meeting, the board selected new officers and decided how to replace a nine-year member who died just after being re-elected. Reporter David Haldane has the story… The Morongo Unified School District last night selected a new

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SCHOOL DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Advisory Committee, which consists of any interested parent or community member, will be meeting Thursday, December 15, at Friendly Hills Elementary School at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

SCHOOL BOARD TO REORGANIZE, DISCUSS HOW TO FILL OPEN SEAT TOMORROW

The death of long-time Morongo Unified School District board member Ronald Palmer, just days after being re-elected, will be a major topic of discussion at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. Reporter David Haldane has more… The Morongo Unified School District will swear in two board members and discuss how

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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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