Last Days, First Thursdays and Intern Turnover 

The big news for kids in Meridian this week is the last day of school, but for some teachers, it might mean not just the last day of school this year, but the last day of school--period.

At Citydesk on last week, News Editor George Prentice reported that the Meridian School Board went to work on a plan that would cut seven days from the next school year, nix an unknown number of administrative jobs, and eliminate 100 teaching positions from the district. In this week's issue, Prentice follows up that story with a look at how the district plans to decide who gets the ax. And that plan looks an awful lot like a very simple form, with points awarded for various aspects of performance. Get the full story in News on Page 8.

Next up in this week's edition is "Recycling Risk: How Boise's Trash Gamble Paid Off," from Features Editor Deanna Darr. Two years ago--can you even believe it's been two years?--the city started rolling out thousands of new trash cans and a new recycling program amid much skepticism and a lot of unknowns. Where are we now? Darr takes a looks at the success of Curb It--success in spite of some of the program's original detractors.

As you thumb through A&E, you'll find our monthly First Thursday section, devoted to helping you navigate your way to the best art, wine and events. Staff Writer Tara Morgan literally maps out a route for you so that the hard work of initial planning is done (Page 19). In Noise, you'll read the final assignment from Jordan Wilson, one of last semester's interns: a piece on Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a band with a penchant for pissing off the ultra-patriotic (Page 25).

In other intern news, I'd like to welcome our summer crop of interns. We have five new faces joining the editorial team for their summer vacations, and the more we abuse them, the more you'll see their bylines in print and on the web.

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