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Thanks to Doc Woerner
I would first like to express the enthusiasm I have towards the recent article concerning the future of the buffalo herd in Montana and of Mr. Doc Woerner’s efforts to raise awareness of the subject. The amount of commitment he has towards a subject that has little attention outside of Montana is amazing to say the least. The Buffalo Center he plans on opening should be recognized as a major investment into the problem of education about the Yellowstone buffalo herd. The idea of opening this establishment would be a positive impact on public knowledge of the dilemma. Another detail that should be praised is the decision to open it near Zoo Montana, the area already focuses on the observation of animals. With the people who visit the zoo, watching some animals that don’t live in Montana, they would be enlightened of the current dangers our local wild animals are facing at this point in time.  Mr. Woerner should be commended for the level of devotion and intelligence he has shown for preserving one of the last naturally wild herds in the United States
Liam McGann 
Laurel

Trustees’ official position on the non-renewal of high school principal 
The following statement is the official response from Laurel School District trustees on the non-renewal of Principal Ed Norman’s contract. The statement was furnished by Supt. Linda Filpula.
The Laurel Public School Board of Trustees conducted a school board meeting to consider the recommendation to non-renew a non-tenured staff member in accordance with the school employment laws and open meeting laws of Montana. Under those employment laws, a teacher or principal that has not been employed by the district for four consecutive contracts may be non-renewed without cause. The School District honored those laws and procedures during the meeting last night.
A non-renewal without cause means that the Board of Trustees exercises its authority to end the employment relationship with a non-tenured certified staff member without a formal or full for cause termination hearing. During the Board’s consideration of a without cause non-renewal recommendation, discussions about reasons for the recommendation or the employee’s performance are not permitted under Montana law.
The Board of Trustees honored the open meeting law on this matter by not holding a closed session to discuss outside the view of the public. A closed session is not permitted because the recommendation is non-renewal without cause. Additionally, the public provided comment in support or opposition of the motion during the comment period prior to the Board’s vote on the motion in accordance with their rights as citizens.
The Board of Trustees and District administration join the students and parents in their passion for Laurel Public Schools. Together, we are all dedicated to the individual development of each student, every day, without exception!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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