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The Buena Vista school district board approved the budget for the 2021 fiscal year at its meeting last Monday, April 12, including a step increase for all district personnel and a base salary increase for most.

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Beginning this weekend, Buena Vista High School’s Trident Theatre Company debuts their first musical on the stage of the new flex commons: The mythical, tropical “Once on this Island.”

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The Buena Vista school district’s board of directors discussed whether to allow the Clay Target League, the Demons’ newest athletic team, to letter in their sport.

Elena Dunn, a junior at Buena Vista High School, was selected for the Colorado All-State Concert Band for the second year in a row in 2021, as well as the Colorado All-State Choir and the University of Colorado Honor Band.

Dunn, who plays clarinet in the BVHS Concert band, was the only student to audition for the All State Concert Band or choir.

Last year, the first year that she was eligible, Dunn also qualified for the Colorado All-State Concert Band, along with Molly McMurry.

Dunn’s band teacher, Marti Bott, said that “only a very small percentage of the students accepted into this band were from small schools.”

Like last year, the bands weren’t actually able to perform together due to COVID-19, but Dunn was able to reap the rewards of master classes at University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado.

Dunn expected that the bands would not meet in person, but that didn’t discourage her from auditioning. She said she would like to pursue a career in music after “music production, or music therapy,” Dunn said.

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Buena Vista district schools are on spring break and, for the first week this year, district superintendent Lisa Yates decided to take a break as well from releasing her weekly updates on the COVID-19 situation in the district.

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Elena Dunn, a junior at Buena Vista High School, received fifth place in the Colorado Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Voice of Democracy speech contest.

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A recurring topic of discussion for the Buena Vista school district board of directors in recent meetings has been attending to the growth of the district’s student body and addressing the facility needs that will come with that growth.

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The Buena Vista school district board of directors shared a meeting Monday evening via a linkage with the town of Buena Vista.

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Buena Vista school district staff will begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Friday, superintendent Lisa Yates told the district board of directors Monday, with the goal that the staff will go into spring break fully vaccinated.

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Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates reported three cases of COVID-19 in the district Monday.

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Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 28 and extending through Monday, Feb. 1, Buena Vista middle and high schools will shift to remote learning school-wide due to the percentage of students that have been identified as having close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases.

CHADRON, Neb. – Chadron State College announced Hayden McGinnis of Buena Vista has qualified for the institution’s fall 2020 Dean’s List with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

ALAMOSA – Rebecca Carnaghi of Buena Vista received a degree from Adams State University in Alamosa during the Spring 2020 virtual commencement ceremony on June 6.

ALAMOSA – Tracy Lynn Chaney of Hartsel received a degree from Adams State University in Alamosa during the Spring 2020 virtual commencement ceremony on June 6.

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The Buena Vista school board continued to discuss the possibility of entering into a ground lease for property near the district administration building that would be used for employee housing and a daycare space.

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The Buena Vista school district returned from winter break last week and resumed the school year with “very few confirmed cases,” said superintendent Lisa Yates said in her Monday morning release.

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In her last weekly update of 2020, Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates said that the district has no confirmed positive cases in the school community as of Monday morning.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County are on a well-deserved break through Jan. 4, but will be prepared for the challenges of providing programming in the winter when they open their doors again next year.

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Avery-Parsons Elementary Students gathered outside the school Wednesday Afternoon to thank veterans for their service. Complying with social distancing requirements, vets drove through the school’s pickup circle waving flags and honking their horns as students held up signs of gratitude.

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Conversation continued late into the night at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Buena Vista school board over Career and Technical Education and whether Buena Vista High School’s lack of an extensive program of CTE classes meant the district was doing a disservice to students who were opting out of pursuing a 4-year college degree after high school.

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Every semester Buena Vista High School recognizes our outstanding students earning a grade point average of 3.8 or greater.

All schools and classes within the Buena Vista School District system are in-person, said district superintendent Lisa Yates in her weekly update to district families on Nov. 2.

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Buena Vista High School Principal Jon Ail announced Thursday morning that Homecoming events scheduled to take place this weekend would be rescheduled to mid-November in light of a number of students being quarantined due to potential contact with a presumed positive COVID-19 case.

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A group of roughly 25 students at Buena Vista High School will move to remote learning for at least a week to quarantine due to possible contact with COVID-19, district superintendent Lisa Yates said Monday.

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Fifteen people spoke in the public comment period of Monday’s meeting of the Buena Vista school board on the subject of adding Career Technical Education courses to the curriculum at BV schools.

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Colorado Mountain College has been awarded a $2.125 million, 5-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s highly competitive Strengthening Institutions Program, according to a press release issued Monday.

SIP is intended to expand colleges’ capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

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Avery-Parsons Elementary School’s annual Halloween parade is happening in 2020, beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, as is a homecoming parade the following day.

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On Monday, Buena Vista school district board members discussed a project proposal put forward at its previous meeting that would build a new district facility to house a kindergarten and preschool space as well as affordable housing for district employees.

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The Buena Vista school district is working with the town on plans for the annual Halloween Parade down East Main Street later this month.

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Students at Darren Patterson Christian Academy in Buena Vista began a year-long academic focus on trash late last month with a trip to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort.