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Another accidental activation of alarm at Brooklyn; again, no threat found

There was another activation of the panic alarm system at Brooklyn Elementary School this morning. Police have searched the school at 1350 Washington Ave. and Police Chief Wyn Lohner reported about 8:50 a.m. that the situation was clear, no threat was found and all students are safe.

The alarm system, which was installed earlier this year at the school which houses 450 students in grades K-3, was accidentally activated on the morning of Sept. 24. There was no threat to students in that incident, either, but police and other emergency workers responded to search the school, and students were locked into their rooms as the district’s protocol dictates in such situations.

Baker School Board balks at goals report

The decision doesn’t affect the district’s controversial new curriculum for math instruction, however

By Chris Collins

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The Baker School Board has declined to endorse a school district report that sets “aspirational goals” designed to close the achievement gap and bring all students up to benchmark standards.

Although the district has submitted the report to the Oregon Department of Education, the board, on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, refused to sign off on the plan. Directors Andrew Bryan, Richard McKim and Kyle Knight voted no. Kevin Cassidy and Chris Hawkins voted in favor.

The rejection came despite Superintendent Walt Wegener’s explanation that the board, by law, is excluded from being involved in developing what’s known as an “achievement compact."

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