Author Archives: Ellen Mandeville

Webcast of BCSD January Board Meeting

There have been some comments in the Mt. Express and here regarding the public comment portion of the BCSD January meeting. For those interested, the webcast has been posted to the BlaineSchools.org website. The time in the meeting of the comments are as follows:

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Public statement at BCSD Board Meeting

I attended tonight’s BCSD Board of Trustees meeting. Following are the comments I made regarding Paul Bates’ resignation. Board Public Statement Policy requires that speakers not refer to people by name, hence my referring to Paul Bates as “the former Chairman of the Board” in this statement.

Dear Trustees,

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BCSD invites YOU to be part of the Superintedent search

BCSD announced this morning that an online survey in both English and Spanish is available to the community.

Ongoing news regarding the BCSD Superintendent search can be found here.

Kudos to the Trustees and to the District for making the search for a new superintendent both nationwide and participatory for the entire community.

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Board Chair Paul Bates resigns

Mr. Bates,

I am sorry to see you go. However, thank you for speaking out strongly against underage drinking and drug use in our community. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Ellen Mandeville

The Blaine County School District today announced the resignation of Paul Bates from the BCSD Board of Trustees:

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Police arrest 348 in global child porn investigation | Reuters

(Reuters) – More than 300 people, including teachers, coaches and doctors, have been arrested worldwide on child pornography charges after a Canadian-led investigation.

“Toronto police said on Thursday the arrest of 348 people, including 108 in Canada, 76 in the United States and 164 in other countries from Spain to Australia, came after a three-year investigation of a Toronto company that distributed child porn.

“‘Of concern to the investigators was the number of people (arrested) who have close contact with children. The arrests included 40 school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, 32 people who volunteered with children, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors or priests, and three foster parents,’ Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, head of Toronto’s Sex Crimes Unit, told a news conference.”

Police arrest 348 in global child porn investigation | Reuters.

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