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October 18, 2017

Luther Public Schools

Enrollment up; and plenty of money

The Luther School Board conducted its October business in about thirty minutes Monday night. But the short agenda packed a lot information. Here’s the rundown: Treasurer Gary Roy reported that the district has “plenty of money,” and although the current balance is low, tax receipts are expected in November, December and January to meet the

The Lion Tree

If you stop into the bank lobby, you can’t help but notice the “Lion Tree” on the wall by where we fill out our deposit slips. It’s an effort to bless the teachers at Luther Public Schools by choosing a card that has a teacher’s wish list. Scientific calculators for Ms. Grogan; construction paper for

New teachers for a new school year

Just in the nick of time, the Luther School Board hired new teachers Monday to start the new school year that begins Thursday. Teachers reported Monday for meetings, policy updates and motivation. Parents will meet teachers Tuesday evening. The 2017-2018 school year is here. Hired Monday night are new certified personnel: Angela Bandy, fifth and

Victim’s Family Sues LPS

Luther Public Schools and the Luther School Board were named in a $6 million tort claim filed by the parents of the victim in the Kyle Whitmus case. The former band director was sentenced earlier this week to 20 years in prison for lewd acts with a minor child. Whitmus, 34, entered a blind plea

Tragic news at LPS

Sadness and shock spread through Luther Friday morning when news circulated that outgoing Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Buxton has passed away. Unconfirmed reports say that Dr. Buxton apparently suffered a stroke while driving with his family in another state. More information from authorities is being gathered, but this is the information that was shared at school

Whitmus trial delayed

The trial date has been moved for the former Luther Band Teacher charged with raping a student. Jury selection was slated to begin Monday, April 3, for Kyle Whitmus’ trial. However, after an attorney meeting Monday morning, the trial has been pushed back a month. The reason – the prosecution has not produced all of

Gunn named Luther Superintendent

Barry Gunn was unanimously selected the new superintendent of Luther Public Schools during a special school board meeting Thursday night. “I’m excited for the opportunity and am overwhelmed by the support from the community,” said Gunn who was the undisputed “fan favorite” for the job to lead the 900-student district. Gunn currently is the middle

Generosity, for the love of learning

Brief update. Luther fifth grade teacher Debi Reid reports that she has received commitments to acquire all of the number four book in the Rush Revere series, after her appeal on social media and a story on The Luther Register circulated! That book is Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner. Great news. Now to

For the love of learning

On President’s Day, we had an appeal from a Luther teacher to get some books for her students who want to read about presidents and history! On her day off, Ms. Debi Reid posted on several Luther school Facebook pages a request to acquire some copies of  “Rush Revere” books for her fifth graders.  

Rumpl wins

The highway patrol trooper who challenged the Luther school board president won Tuesday’s election. Unofficial returns show Tony Rumpl garnered 56% of the vote, with Matt Mohr getting 41% with all precincts reporting. It was a tense day for Rumpl who admitted he was nervous as the polls opened this morning. But when the polls closed,

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