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Steven Blair speaks during the candidate forum on March 19, 2024. Blair, Owens, Kuhn, and Young all attended the forum to share their ideas with the FHSD community.

Steven Blair and Carolie Owens Pronounced Winners of Board Election

Hannah Halterman, Staff Reporter April 5, 2024

Steven Blair and Carolie Owens won the FHSD school board election on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. According to the St. Charles Board of Elections, Blair and Owens captured 27.38% and 27.29% of votes, respectively.  Running...

FHC student Avontae Norman holds a microphone with a gloomy look after speaking while watching the collective student body stand in support of the speaker and in protest against the Boards decision.

Students lead walkouts across District in protest

Colin Nichols and Ian Rashleigh January 18, 2024

A walkout led by students took place on Thursday, Jan. 18 where students gathered to protest the FHSD Board of Education’s most recent decision to offer the Black History and Literature classes...

A speaker at the Dec. 21 Board meeting, Harry Harris, voices his opinion on the Boards decision during the Patron Comments section. Photo courtesy of the FHSD YouTube Channel.

Board of Education rescinds curriculum standards for Black History and Literature classes

Colin Nichols, Web Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2023

“For students. Everything we do should be for students,” last speaker Steven Blair said during the Patron Comments section of the Dec. 21 FHSD Board of Education meeting. The district-approved classes...

Senior Alexander Collins cries and is consoled after speaking at the podium during the meeting while a previous speaker holds a sign reading TRANS KIDS ARE STILL KIDS.

Proposed policy set to regulate restrooms on basis of gender if approved

Colin Nichols, Web Editor-in-Chief October 30, 2023

Various students, parents, and people of the FHSD community were seen holding up signs and heard speaking out during the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 26, after a newly proposed policy, if approved,...

A photo of Francis Howell Central High School.

Policy set to remove anti-racism resolution after vote by Board of Education

Colin Nichols, Web Editor-in-Chief July 25, 2023

“We hear you, we are listening, and we are learning.” This was the stance the Francis Howell Board of Education took in August 2020 to “confront racism.” However, by a 5-2 majority, the 2023...

District Board of Education Candidates standing together in a line in the Francis Howell Central Auditorium at the Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 29.

Welcoming the Elected District Board Members

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter April 8, 2023

Elected candidates Mrs. Jane Puskar, Mr. Mark Ponder, and Mr. Ron Harmon will become directors of the Francis Howell School District Board of Education once proper training is completed, following the...

Keeping the Ball Rolling

Keeping the Ball Rolling

Tea Perez, Editor-in-Chief March 18, 2022

FHC has been waiting in anticipation to find out who will be head principal Dr. Sonny Arnel’s successor ever since he announced his plans to retire at the end of the 21-22 school year. The interviewing...

A teachers desk sits empty. Schools will soon face the loss of faculty members due to new budget cuts.

New Budget Cuts Will Result in Faculty Reductions

Tea Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2021

The future for many FHSD faculty members remains uncertain as new budget cuts will result in the reduction of staffing across all schools. For the past 10 years, the district has been dealing with issues...

With the sharp increase of positive covid-19 cases more students are pulled out of school for contact tracing.

New Quarantine Procedure in Effect Throughout District

Tea Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2020

On Nov. 24. Superintendent Nathan Hoven announced a new quarantine protocol to be in effect at all Francis Howell schools starting Nov. 30. The initial plan announced by Gov. Mike Parson on Nov. 12 states...

This photo illustration portrays how different in person learning is from online.  The COVID-19 cases in our building have cause roughly 70 students to make a temporary transition to online learning.

Three Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Have Affected Around 70 Students

Natalie Walsh, Co Editor-in-Chief September 24, 2020

On Sunday, Sept. 20, Francis Howell Central received notification of its second COVID-19 case followed closely by a third case on Sept. 22. According to Dr. Andrew Downs, approximately 70 students have...

Update: New Last Day of School

Kierigan McEvoy, Web Assignments Editor April 16, 2020

At the virtual board of education meeting tonight, April 16, the District announced that the official last day of the Francis Howell School District’s 2019-2020 school year will be Tuesday, May 19. After...

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