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Molly McMurry of Buena Vista, right, receives the $2,000 Charlotte Smith Republican Woman Scholarship from Pam Gonzales, chair of the scholarship committee for Chaffee County Republican Women. McMurry plans to study agriculture and animal science at Wyoming University. She won the scholarshi…

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Laura Keathley, a multi-needs special education teacher at Avery-Parsons Elementary School, has always loved watching her students progress and finding ways of reaching to the specific education needs of each child. Now, at the end of her 22nd year at the school, she prepares for retirement. “It’s been 22 years of just laughing,” she says. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously. That joy of really getting to know these kids for who they are has just been amazing.”

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The 50th annual Buena Vista High School Creative Arts Fair celebrated the students’ talents of both past and present.

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There is a new response to the critical workforce need in the early childhood teaching field and the departure of older Americans from the workforce. 

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Here are the top items from the April 25 meeting of the Buena Vista school board:

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After submitting an audition video recording in 2019, the Buena Vista High School concert band was accepted to perform live at Disneyland. After a long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that trip finally took flight March 17-22.

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BVHS students who recently participated in the CSU-Pueblo Festival of Winds Honor Band included, front row from left, Keyden Schneiter, trumpet; Danielle Neufeld, clarinet; Peytn Wakefield and Audrey McFadden, clarinet; second row Marti Bott, BVHS Band director; Caleb Collier, horn; Andrew C…

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For the 18th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Buena Vista has provided age-appropriate dictionaries to third graders in the area. Boosters of early childhood learning, the local club also sponsors the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which provides books mailed monthly to children from b…

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An estimated 200 Colorado Mountain College degree-seeking students will not have to pay tuition starting this fall, thanks to a new financial program called the Colorado Mountain Promise.

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Four area youth have earned a trip of a lifetime this summer – they will participate in the 2022 National Rural Electric Association Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.in June, sponsored by SDCEA.

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Four area youth have earned a trip of a lifetime this summer – they will participate in the 2022 National Rural Electric Association Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.in June, sponsored by SDCEA.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2022 Dr. William G. Mehos Scholarship.

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The BVHS Trident Theatre Company is “chillin’ like a villain” in the upcoming production “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” March 3-6. Back row, from left: Josh Flemming, Elliana Cervenca and Calvin Tattershall. Front row: Camden Smith.

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is planning to award one or more, $500 minimum, scholarship(s) in the spring of 2022 to those planning to start post high school education in the fall of 2022.

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Nominations have been filed for numerous categories in the 2022 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Excellence Awards. Under the category of Family Companion Award, three finalists have been selected including Buena Vista’s Roberta Rodriguez.

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Times Best of BV reader favorite Sorelle Delicatessen will be lending support to local students by donating 10 percent of proceeds Thursday, Feb. 24, to Avery-Parsons Elementary School.

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Buena Vista High School is surveying local businesses to link up more students with work and internship opportunities. Two programs, a longer-standing work experience program and a newer internship program, will be featured at a job fair hosted by the school in March.

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As a part of Youth Appreciation Week, the Buena Vista Optimist Club joined the school district in expressing appreciation and support of the positive contributions that our youth have made to their school and community since the start of the school year. The awards were presented Feb. 3..

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The board of education for the Buena Vista school district held a special meeting on Feb. 1 to pass a resolution on facilities development toward the district’s goals of expanding preschool and elementary space and relocating Chaffee County High School.

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The Buena Vista board of education convened on Jan. 24 at their Court Street school district administration building. The board received updates from the school’s head of human resources, Jenny Swango, and unanimously voted to enter into a contract to sell the McGinnis Gym and administration building to local preservationists.

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The Shining Mountains Montessori School will begin accepting applications for enrollment Friday, Jan. 21. Located in the historic chapel at 343 U.S. 24 South, lead teacher and school director Lisa Lamb said the school should open to students in April or May.

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Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates held a Zoom meeting for parents and announced the results of the district’s calendar survey Monday, Jan. 17.

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The stated purpose of the Jan. 10 Buena Vista school district board of education’s work session was to discuss and gather feedback on all the district’s recent property sales decisions. However, most of the hour-long work session ended up being devoted to discussing the presently uncertain future of Chaffee County High School.

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The Buena Vista school district’s board of education held its first work session and regular meeting of the year on Jan. 10 in a hybrid format.

The meeting room at 113 North Court St. was full to capacity and about a dozen attended via Zoom.

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The Buena Vista High School concert band’s spring break is going to be magical. Director Marti Bott and sponsors have arranged for the group to travel to California in March to perform at Disneyland.

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One of Buena Vista’s longest running food assistance programs is seeking additional volunteers and funding support. The Backpack food program serves between 60 and 75 youth every week and has been in operation for over a decade.

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The Colorado Bandmasters Association seeks to bring together the best jazz students from across the state for the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, including Buena Vista High School senior Malachi Little.

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The Buena Vista school district will add an electric school bus to its daily route schedule in 2022 at no cost to the school district.

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Buena Vista school district’s board of education gathered on Dec. 13 for its final meeting of the year.

Superintendent Lisa Yates also held her weekly Monday Minute Zoom meeting.

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The Buena Vista High School student council is ready to deliver gifts to about 115 children in the area for this year’s Toys for Tikes program.

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Superintendent Lisa Yates held a weekly Zoom meeting for parents on Dec. 6 to provide updates on the latest Buena Vista school district developments. Topics discussed included a COVID update and some clarifications on the district’s calendar survey.

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The resource advisory committee covering the Rocky Mountain region for the Secure Rural Schools program is being restructured. The Greater Rocky Mountain RAC in the Rocky Mountain Region will be created by consolidating the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande, Rocky Mountain and San Juan RACs.

Chaffee County received more than $250,000 from the program this year.

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A student from Chaffee County High School gave a presentation on his service learning project to open the Buena Vista school district board of education’s meeting on Nov. 8.

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The eighth annual film screening benefit event for Buena Vista’s adaptive skiers and snowboarders will take place Nov. 12 at Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the showing will start at 7 p.m.

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The Trident Theatre Company of Buena Vista High School brings stories to life on the stage not just with acting. More than a handful of students devote themselves to creating the right atmosphere and enhancing the experience, from makeup and costume to lighting and sound.

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Preliminary enrollment numbers for the 2021-2022 school year at Buena Vista schools have been released. Total enrollments are up from last year at all BV schools except Chaffee County High School. The total head count increased by 94 students from 2020-2021.

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Buena Vista school district superintendent Lisa Yates held a weekly Zoom meeting for families Nov. 1 to discuss COVID-19 in BV schools and the district’s social studies curriculum review.

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The Chaffee County clerk’s office provided live election result updates on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 2. As of 10:30 p.m. on election night, per both the web site and unofficial results distributed by Chaffee County clerk Lori Mitchell, all three state ballot measures failed.

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Buena Vista schools superintendent Lisa Yates issued a notice on Oct. 28 that school will not be in session on Monday, Nov. 1. Extra-curricular activities remain scheduled and the Boys & Girls Club will be open both Monday and Friday all day, while classes are not in session.