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West Ada superintendent: Tiered licensure is good method

Idaho’s tiered licensure proposal — a model of determining teacher pay and certification — is taking heat from teachers and community members across the state. At recent State Board of Education public hearings, including one in Meridian last week, crowds criticized tiered licensure for, among other things, tying teacher pay to student test scores.

GO FIVE

The Halloween season on its way out, it’s time to think ahead to Thanksgiving. Whether you’re hosting guests or enjoying the holiday as a guest in another person’s home, here are five ways to prepare ahead of time.

Village Coffee opens in Meridian

A frequent question from locals about The Village at Meridian has been when a coffee shop will open. On Saturday, about a year after The Village’s grand opening, residents got their wish with Village Coffee.

ROAD REPORT

McMillan Road from Black Cat Road to Ten Mile Road, road closure through Nov. 26 for road reconstruction. McMillan Road from Black Cat Road to McDermott, road closure through Saturday for road reconstruction. Meridian Road south of Overland Road to Central Drive and Waltman Lane, lane and pedestrian restrictions through Oct. 31, 2015, for overpass work. Pine Avenue at Gray Cloud Way, lane restrictions with flagging through Nov. 20 for bridge work. Stoddard Road from Overland Road to Victory Road, road closure through today for sewer and water work. Victory Road from Linder Road to Meridian Road, road closure through today for utility work.

Thumbs up & down

[[UP]] to the city of Meridian Parks-Recreation for putting musical instruments in Settlers Park. I had fun teaching a boy three of my favorite North African Percussion Rhythms. He was really interested and eager to learn, and I think more shared music in our every-day lives would be better for everyone. I hope plans for future parks include musical instruments.

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