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News Briefs for 21 February 2014

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21 February, 2014 (All day)

Staff from Congressman Bishop’s office to attend town hall meeting
There are many questions and concerns surrounding the Common Core testing that will be in place state-wide this year.
In order to address these concerns and answer frequently asked questions, Congressman Rob Bishop is sending one of his trusted staff members to Morgan on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. to help facilitate an informational meeting.
A short presentation will begin the event that will also include important information from representatives from several school districts including Alpine School District, where all options are currently being offered to interested parents.
Representatives will speak to the options that parents currently have regarding Common Core. The meeting will take place in the Morgan County Auditorium and will be followed by an open community discussion. 
The only thing that will be asked by facilitators is that courtesy be shown to our local teachers and school district.  Common Core was not developed locally and is not a local school district issue; it is a state-enforced concern.
If you have been in the dark about this subject, this is your chance to have your questions answered by knowledgeable intellectuals from outside our community.  The meeting is sponsored by MorePac, a local citizens group.   www.MorePac.org 
 
Council combines weed and conservation boards
The Morgan County Council unanimously voted to combine the weed and conservation boards for “convenience” and because the advisors on both boards are essentially the same people.
Because advisors on one board are paid hourly as state employees, while the advisors on the other board are volunteers, the meetings would have to be conducted somewhat separately.  Councilman Lyle Nelson suggested they hold both meetings on the same day, back to back, but dinstinctly.
“I think it is a good move,” said Council Chairman Logan Wilde.  Wilde said that as many as seven other counties in the state have combined their boards.
The weed board is supposed to meet twice a year.