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The Buena Vista school board met on the evening of Oct. 11 to decide whether to add an electric school bus to the district’s fleet, hear monthly reports from principals, and seek consensus on policy positions recommended the Colorado Association of School Boards.

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The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County held a Buena Vista school board candidate forum over Zoom on Monday, Sept. 27.

Roughly 15 community members attended the hour-long event, where the five candidates for the upcoming school board election on Nov. 2 were presented a wide variety of topics on which to speak by moderator Scott Hartman.

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Questions from parents in the Monday Minute meeting centered primarily around appropriateness and potential harm of some questions from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

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A BVPD patrol car and the high school band escort the football team downtown during Friday’s Buena Vista High School homecoming parade.

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BVHS homecoming king Calvin Taterschall escorts 2021 queen Molly McMurry at Saturday’s football game

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The Buena Vista school board met Sept. 13 to hear faculty training results and big picture school-year plans from principals and continue discussions about concurrent enrollment problems, surplus property uses and the superintendent’s latest reopening update.

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School is back on this week after the Labor Day holiday and Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates said all is well.

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The Buena Vista school board held a meeting at Buena Vista High School on Aug. 30 to gather community input on how to leverage school properties in order to pursue a set of goals.

The District Accountability Committee, a subcommittee of the board of education, is a group of parents, community members and BV school district staff that studies different school-related issues.

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School openings in Buena Vista are still proceeding according to plan. Students’ first day of school is set for Thursday, Aug. 26.

Students are expected to bring masks, which are required on buses and will be implemented in school when risk of transmission is high, based on staff discretion.

As school began Monday for Salida School District R-32-J students, Superintendent David Blackburn said the district will continue the flexible strategy used last year for dealing with COVID-19.

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BV Peaks had its second biannual meeting for 2021 with the Buena Vista school board Aug. 9. The District Accountability Committee was also represented.

The board engaged with the owner/stakeholder groups on some of the district’s most pressing issues: Potential liquidation of school properties, use of federal stimulus funds, and, of course, reopening classrooms this month.

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The Central Colorado Unmanned Aircraft Systems Club invited Chaffee County SWAT and Buena Vista school district representatives to their drone park Tuesday for a flight demonstration and presentation.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation recently announced it is offering two scholarships of $2,500 each for current college students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.

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Red and white caps flew into the air over the Buena Vista High School football field as the stands erupted with jubilant applause, shouts and whistles.

The new graduates celebrated many years of hard work with confetti, streamers, colored smoke and even bubbles as they marched away together, clutching their diplomas. Phones and cameras came out for congratulatory photos and choir and band students danced the Macarena.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation recently announced it is offering two scholarships of $2,500 each for current college students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.

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Red and white caps flew into the air over the Buena Vista High School football field as the stands erupted with jubilant applause, shouts and whistles.

The new graduates celebrated many years of hard work with confetti, streamers, colored smoke and even bubbles as they marched away together, clutching their diplomas. Phones and cameras came out for congratulatory photos and choir and band students danced the Macarena.

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In a brief meeting Monday evening, the Buena Vista school district board of directors revisited the topic of allowing non-CHSAA sports to receive varsity letters.

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The Central Colorado Humanists awarded $1,000 scholarship to six 2021 high school seniors.

“All are high-achieving students with grade point averages exceeding 3.9,” CCH said in a press release. “They exemplify the values of the Central Colorado Humanists: Informed by science; guided by reason; inspired by art and nature; motivated by compassion. “All of them wrote compelling essays about the integrity of science. Not all have confirmed the college of their choice – they had multiple acceptances.”

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After the COVID-19 pandemic interruption in 2020, Buena Vista High School was relieved to be able to hold its traditional Creative Arts Fair this year. At last, students were able to present their hard work from the school year, and the public was able to come and admire their talent.

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This fall, a new program not only will teach students how to “fly,” it also will help them realize opportunities in the emerging and expanding field of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones.

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There were three new cases of the COVID-19 virus related to Buena Vista schools – one each in the middle and high schools and Chaffee County High School – according to district superintendent Lisa Yates.

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The Buena Vista school district reported one case of COVID-19 impacting the district and resulting in a limited quarantine after over 2 months with no cases.

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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.