You could tell that Challis school board members were a bit jealous of fifth-grade students in Stephanie Strand’s class who reported on their BaseCamp experiences at the board’s June 12 meeting.

Challis students involved with the Custer County Coalition lunch and learn program are bound for a four-day Idaho drug-free youth leadership summit in Coeur d’Alene June 18-21.

The 2019 Challis FFA banquet was held on May 2 at the Challis Legion Hall. More than 50 people attended.

There have been seven dropouts at Challis Junior-Senior High School this school year, Student Council President Charlie Bullock told Challis school board members last week. And, he’s been denied a student meeting about it and other issues, he said.

Challis schools will receive $223,000 in federal funds from the Secure Rural Schools Act, formerly known as forest reserve funds, according to school district Business Manager Shawna Getty.

Challis Elementary School students in grades 4 through 6 developed science fair projects for the recent school science fair. Each student conducted his or her own experiment, recorded data and analyzed it to see if it helped to answer the guiding question they had developed.

Summer work projects in the Challis school district this year focus on water valves, a French drain and new desks.

Ongoing maintenance and repair needs were discussed at th April 10 meeting of the Challis school board.

Mackay High School has been awarded a $2,000 Northwest Farm Credit Services rural community grant for the cold water fish facility at the school.

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Seven members of the Challis academic team competed at the March 14 East Idaho regional science bowl competition sponsored and organized by INL.

Challis and Mackay high schools will field a joint girls’ softball team for the next two years, with approval of a cooperative club sports team by trustees of the Challis and Mackay school districts.

The perennial topics of sports and activity bus travel occupied Challis school trustees at their Jan. 9 meeting, as did board reorganization, a discussion of possible new career technical education classes and approval of an overnight natural resource education trip for fifth graders.

Voters decide March 12 whether to renew a $400,000 annual supplemental levy for the next two years for the Challis school district's operational fund.

An expanded lease between the Challis school district and the Bureau of Land Management means an additional $52,742 in revenue annually, school board members learned last week.

Challis High School students who took the ACT standardized test to assess college readiness scored slightly behind their statewide peers on average composite scores for each of the past five years, a report shows.

Challis school board members have approved an increase from half-time to three-quarters time for the two Stanley School teachers.

Challis sixth-graders trekked through parts of Yellowstone National Park in October as part of the Expedition:Yellowstone program.

An admission fee to junior high athletic events in Challis is needed, school board members were told by Superintendent Lani Rembelski.

Auditor Dan Coleman gave Challis Joint School District No. 181 trustees a glowing review of the district’s finances last month, saying Business Manager Shawna Getty’s books were in better shape than some accountants’.

Contracts totaling $61,300 were awarded last week to companies based in Challis and Salmon to build a secure parking lot and storage yard for the Bureau of Land Management on land owned by the Challis school district.

All five senior boys who make up half of the royal court for Challis High School’s homecoming celebration are the sons of a Challis Junior-Senior High School teacher. The moms of all five of the young men teach at the Challis school.

The steering committee which oversees the Albertson Family Foundation 5th Day Learning Grant programs in Custer County has been awarded an additional $12,500 for funding as the second year kicks off.

The possibility of requiring background checks for all volunteers and employees of Joint Challis School District No. 181 came up again at the board’s September meeting.

The No. 1 priority of the Challis school district is academics, Superintendent Lani Rembelski told trustees in her first report of the new school year.

A 15-passenger van may become part of the Challis schools fleet as school board members continue to search for ways to resolve the chronic school bus driver shortage.

Members of Custer County’s Concerned Citizens have asked Challis school district trustees to reconsider a plan to let the Bureau of Land Management build a parking lot and storage yard behind the middle school building on Main.

Members of the Challis and Mackay FFA chapters gathered for a bowling party and hot dogs prior to the season-opening football game for the two cross-county schools.

As a steady stream of parents dropped their children off at Challis Elementary School for the first day of school Monday, there was a trend. Students who marched into the elementary school doors or posed for photos out front for their parents had more smiles on their faces than their older c…