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lg». i7 \ CAR WASH PLANS page 12 SAVAGE AT STATE - page 4 SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019 ~ 1101'H YE Bulletin Board Benefit There will be a benefit chili dinner to assist Den- nis Albrecht with medi- cal expenses from noon ‘ to 6:30 pm. on March 9, at the Sidney VFW Hall. A live auction starts at 5 pm. The silent auction ends at 5:30 pm. Meetmgbrn Savage The pu lie is invited to the Savage Community Hall luncheon. The free will luncheon will begin at 12:30 pm. on March 10. Immediately follow- ing, will be the annual meeting, at which board directors and officers will be elected. ' Honky Tonks Kick off Women’s His- tory Month with Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music by Almeda Brad- shaw, on Saturday, March 2, at 7 pm. at the MonDak Heritage Center. Brad— shaw combines history and music for an inter- esting and entertaining program! For working class country folk, honky tonk music became their voice of loneliness and alien- ationas men and women coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 19503 suburban conformity, meant to help normal- ize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimization for both sexes. . , This program is free to the public thanks in part to Humanities Montana and their Montana Con- versations program. For more information, contact MDHC at (406) 433-3500 or go to monda- kheritagecentenorg. Drilling rig-count" retockyMornlotoOlJowool Paul E. Brannon, 81 . Warren N. Jesz, .66 J. Harry Johnson, 98 Steven Sergeant, 64 Page 3 1 Inside 1” Around Town.....2 Religion ......... ..tS Clossilieds....9-iii Sports ..... ..- ....... ..4 7ll||loBBZB 21001 50075 ‘ ll lllllllllll 9 MARCH CASE Published for Richland County AR, NO. 18 ~ SIDNEY, MONTANA ~ WWW.SIDNEYHERAI.D.COM ~ $1 Teaching challenges Legislators consider bills to help rural schools recruit, retain teachers BY Blll VANDER WEElE SIDNEY HERALD Sidney school offi- cials are still searching for special education instructors, Lambert school administrators keep looking for a music teacher and those two school districts have less shortages than others in rural areas. “It’s hard to compete with the larger school districts and harder yet against other states,” said Dan Farr, former Sidney superintendent of schools and now a lobbyist during the Mon- tana legislative session. Farr notes 3 2016-2017 report from the Montana Office of Public Instruc- tion that notes there were 153 vacancies for special education, 85 for English teachers, 82 for arts and music and 71 for math. “It’s real challenging,” Farr said. He explained that schools in the bordering states of North Dakota and Wyoming often offer $10,000 more for a base salary than schools in Montana can afford. “Rural schools are handcuffed,” Farr said. Sidney Superintendent of Schools Monte Silk said Sidney, had one its most difiicult times finding staff members during the past year. The most challenging areas to find instructors for are math, science and special education, Silk/r said. “Every year we wonder if we will get these posi- tions filled,” Silk/said. He noted that more schools are hiring teach- Things you should know about: The Local Govern- ment Center of the Montana State Univer- sity Extension recently released Montana Local Government Profiles for the fiscal year 2017. Population is 11,039 in Richland County, which is a decrease of 1 percent from the previ- ous,year. Population is 6,328 in Sidney and 891 in Fairview. Bill VANDER WEELE l SlDNEY HERALD Student teacher Alex Rootes works with elementary students at Central Elementary School in Sidney. Schools try to bring natives of the area back for teaching careers. ers who aren’t yet fully certified but working toward certification. OPI allows for the hirings if course completion is dune within a certain time requirement. Sean Beddow, superin- tendent at Lambert, told ’ the Herald, “1 don’t think there’s a school in our area that doesn’t have an unfilled position.” Three bills aimed at helping \I-ecagianenti . and retention efforts for schools are currently be— ing considered by Mon- tana legislators —- House Bill 459, House Bill 420 and House Bill 211. “All three bills have their merits,” Farr said. He and Beddow agreed that they prefer HB 459 over the other two proposals. The bill would have OPI, through two committees, distribute funds to school districts to address recruitment and retention challenges. What We Know 0 Rural schools especially are having a difficult time recruiting teachers. 0 Montana's legislators are cur— rently considering three bills to deal with the problem. 0 Topics subjects to find teachers for include special education, Ehglislg, arts and music and _, math: The funds 'come from ex- ’ cess oil and gas revenue. “It really helps eastern Montana,” Farr said of the bill. Beddow added, “It gives something so each district can use it the best way for them.” , He is pleased that fund- ing geared for education is staying in education. “There’s no new taxes,” he said. Beddow explained that the funding received can be utilized for various recruiting expenses. “It can help offset the costs we do for recruiting.” He added, “It focuses on the effort of schools that have the biggest challenges with recruit- ment and ‘retentiOn ':—- the-smaller, rural schools.” ' House Bill 459 passed its second reading in the House this week. House Bill 420, mean— while, encourages schools to grow their own programs to ad- dress teacher shortages through a grant process. The grant program would be administered SEE TEACHING, PAGE 12 Government profile Taxable valua- tion mill levy value is $72,190.97 for the county (an increase of 107.3 percent from 2013—2017), $11,678.67 in Sidney (156.9 percent increase) and $1,056.64 in Fairview . (127.2 percent increase). . General funds appro- priated were $5,847,504 for the county (a decrease of 45.2 percent), 2,501,238 Theaverage income in Sidney (a decrease of of a Richland County 4.3 percent), and 767,345 in resrdent is $55,167. That FairView (an increase of figure IS a decrease of 62.4 percent); ~ ' 11.3 percent from 2015- , t ' L 2017. ‘ BY Blll VANDER WEElE, SIDNEY HERALD General funds mills levied were 37.36 for Richland County (no in- ‘ crease), 85.26 in Sidney (a decrease of 46.1 percent) and 154 in"Fairview (a decrease of .23 percent). Total mills ctw percent). : Heahh’ Dept. wins exceHence award BY NICOLE lUCINA SIDNEY HERALD The RiChland County Health Department received an award this week that will support its Connecting Resources for Emotional Wellness [CREW] program. The National Associa— tion of County and City Health Officials [NAC- W at We Know 0 ASPIRE awards recognizes excellence in rural areas ' Richland County received the news that it won the honor this week. 0 Only five health departments across nation received the honor. a. CHO] and the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention [CDC] sponsored the award to announce a new program. Achieving the Social Determinants of Health Population Improvement in Rural Environments [ASPIRE]. The goal of the ASPIRE award is to recv ognize excellence, in rural communities that are committed to addressing the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are the condi— tions in the places where people work, live and play that affect health risks as well as outcomes. Only five health depart- ments across the nation received the ASPIRE ; award. They were also . SEE AWARD, PAGE3 levied were 150.51 for Richland County (an increase of 10.3 percent), 125.6 for Sidney (a decrease of 32.7 percent) and 156.6‘forli‘airview (a decrease of 46.8 ‘ Shops at Fox Run 406 N. Central Ave. Sidney 406-433-2305 . www.ReynotdsMarket.com Open Dailytam to 10 pm we» /r