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Field Trips Take a Hike

    News of a field trip is music to a child’s ears.  The chance to leave school, learn something new through fun activities, and to do all of this with friends is a sought after experience for many students.  Fond memories can be made on the bus ride or …

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MTSD changes ensure better financial chain of command

Mr. William Hall, Millcreek assistant superintendent, proposed a change in the chain of command within Millcreek’s administration to ensure more accountability in the district’s finances. Previous superintendent Mr. Michael Golde, transferred $5 million dollars from the school district’s capital projects funds for general school district expenses on February 27, without …

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Parents hope MTSD looks at other options

  “But at the end of the day, 9 people decide. I just hope they leave no stone unturned, that they think of the students first, and that any decision is an informed decision, because it affects the future of over 7500 kids,” said Vernondale Elementary parent Genene Mattern in …

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$8.8 million dollar debt. How did we get here?

  The School Board held a special meeting on April 3 to consider unprecedented measures, including restructuring middle schools and closing buildings, to bridge an $8.8 million dollar budget deficit the Millcreek Township School District is facing for 2013-2014. How did the district get here? There are several reasons. According …

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It’s More than Just Music and Art

  Cuts of music and art programs in struggling schools have become a frequent occurrence. Overall, reports from the Gallup Poll  have shown that the percentage of kids with music classes has declined 50% in the past five years. This is a decision Millcreek School District is considering for Walnut …

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Music Programs Offer Excellence

  Studies show that playing a musical instrument benefits people in many ways.  Research from a study conducted in 2010 at the University of the Arts London in London proved that taking part in the arts provided students with confidence, and their learning showed improvement in other areas.  Other research …

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Sports vs Arts

  With an $8.8 million deficit, Millcreek Township is facing many serious budget cuts, with everything and anything being on the “chopping block.” Of all the things being considered, arts is being looked at first, as usual. But why are the arts the first to be looked at and not, …

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McDowell Sports on Hold

As for sports in Millcreek district the amount of money the school spends is approximately $225,000 for supplies and travel.  The budget is will not be finalized until June.  Right now, Paul, the trainer here, has supplies being cut so the budget can start going down now. But the school …

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Students Work to Save the Arts at McDowell

In response to Millcreek’s recent budget cut proposals, McDowell students are working to hold an arts festival at Gus Anderson Field. Junior Kyle Myers got the idea as a reaction to the arts programs being slashed. “Usually the first thing to go for schools is the arts programs, including the …

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