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  At the Nov. 27 Cascade School Board meeting, Finance Manager Dwight Remick spent considerable time explaining why the balance in the general fund had gone down in 2017.  The board had some years ago set a fund balance goal of 8.5 percent. Since 2011, the fund balance has steadily increased, from...
  The Cascade School Board is establishing a set of goals for the board and district over the course of the coming school year. Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said the board goals define what the board does, while the district goals are taking care of the district schools.  There are six...

The construction is going well at Alpine Lakes Elementary School and Cascade High School. As well, plans are nearly complete for the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School. (File photo)
  The design for Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School is nearly complete, according to Construction Liaison John Henri.  “We are in the final meetings, talking about how we are going to put the bid packages together. We have the estimate for this stage of design,” Henri said, at the Nov. 13 Cascade...

Cindy Puckett
  Some Cascade School Board members have never had to run against anyone. Many times, they ran unopposed. For instance, incumbent Carrie Sorensen ran unopposed and newcomer Trey Ising ran unopposed for the school board.  However, the two times Cindy Puckett has run for school board she has faced...

Cascade School District bus driver George Klein drives the longest route in the district, nearly 80 miles per round trip. (Photo submitted by Marlene Farrell)
  Seventy-six miles. Twice a day. That’s the length of George Klein’s #2 bus route for the Cascade School District. It’s the longest route on the district, and likely one of the longest in the state. Not only does Klein’s route go north of Leavenworth six miles past Cole Corner on Highway 2, but...
  Three years ago Cascade High School embraced a program called AVID to support students who dream of academic success but need guidance to know the steps along that path. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Development and began 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom. This award-...

The cast of The Foreigner. Top row, from left, Chris Ortiz (Froggy), Jason Stine (Owen), Nathan Hagan (David). Front row, Kassidy Wisemore (Ellie), Tagen Mathews (Charlie), Kelsea Turner (Catherine), Ellie Camp (Betty). (Photo submitted by Mandi Wickline)
  The Cascade High School Theater Arts Department is presenting the comedy, The Foreigner, as their fall play. No, this is not the same as the current Jackie Chan movie, also called The Foreigner.  “It has the same amount of suspense. I know Jackie Chan includes comedy. If it’s funny, it’s just as...
  The Cascade School District Home Link program is proving quite popular. It is up to 38 students now. Cascade Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said at first, they felt if there were 10 kids, they could add a teacher.  “I think we had 18 kids the first. We went ahead and did the hire. MaryLou...

Barry Meredith, Lydig superintendent, stands on the 2nd floor of the new Cascade High School construction. (Photo submitted by Marlene Farrell)
  Large construction projects such as the Cascade School District’s Alpine Lakes Elementary and new Cascade High School operate like machines with many well-oiled parts. The parts are all the entities that frequently meet, collaborate and make decisions without interfering with the timeline for...
  The Cascade School District board has adopted new rules regarding classroom management, discipline and correction. At the Aug. 21 school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Motsenbocker said there were lots of changes coming from the legislature regarding those items, especially long term...

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