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Hoquiam School District gets $200,000 grant for energy efficiency improvements

Hoquiam High School

The Hoquiam School District will receive over $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants from the state. Hoquiam is among 29 school districts across the state are being collectively awarded $9 million for school facility energy efficiency improvements, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this week.

The projects will produce immediate and long-term energy and operational savings, improve the indoor environmental qualities of our schools and help stimulate construction-industry jobs in the state. The energy grant projects leverage state capital dollars with utility incentives, energy savings and local money to make improvements that may otherwise not be affordable.

The 29 projects have a total project cost of $38.3 million.

“We aren’t the only state working on reducing our energy use, but we are one of the best,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. (According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Washington ranks eighth in the nation.) “These improvements do more than just reduce energy,” Dorn said. “They remove obsolete heating and lighting equipment, keep cold winter breezes out and help create safer parking lots and walkways. The greatest change is that the improvements in the classrooms make concentrating on learning less of a challenge”

In all, 50 school districts applied for grant funding for school infrastructure and building system improvements with more than $50.1 million in total project costs.

To qualify for the funds, districts must conduct an investment-grade audit of their school facilities to identify projects that would yield energy savings and be most beneficial overall. The districts are required to measure, verify and report the actual energy savings.

Similar funding by the state Legislature for energy efficiency has been granted to school districts beginning in 2009. To date, OSPI has granted nearly $134 million to 176 school districts around the state.

For more information on these energy grants, or to view a map of all the energy grants by district, visit OSPI’s School Facilities Energy Grant Program Web site.

Hoquiam School Board looking for Director to replace retiring Dr. Dave Westby

The Hoquiam School District is looking for a new School Board Member, following the resignation of Dr. Dave Westby.
The School Board asks that interested parties who wish to serve as a Director on the Board complete a one-page application/questionnaire and be available for an interview on Monday, April 14 beginning at 5:30 pm in the high school library. Candidates must be a US citizen and live in the district.
The application is available in the Hoquiam School District office located at 305 Simpson Avenue or call 538-8200 for an emailed application.
 

Rachel’s Challenge comes to HMS thanks to Hoquiam Girl Scouts

Rachels Challenge

A pair of Hoquiam girl scouts spent their summer working odd jobs to bring a nationwide program on bullying to their middle school. Eight graders Thyme and Linzey raised $2,000 over the summer, and with a match from Hoquiam School District they announced at last night’s city council meeting; “Rachel’s Challenge will be coming to our school on February 13th, and we wanted to invite the community to a community event [they] will be holding at the school at 6:30 that same night.”

Rachel Scott was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999, her dad and step mother turned her legacy of reaching out to those who were different into a challenge to others to do just that.
Rachel's Challenge quote
The program “Rachel’s Challenge” will take place February 13th at the Hoquiam middle school, with a community presentation at 6:30 that evening at the school’s gymnasium.

Ballots hit the mail soon for Hoquiam School District M&O Levy

Hoquiam Public Schools
Making Connections, The Hoquiam School District newsletter, is 
published on a regular basis to keep the community informed about our 
children’s education.
Newsletter comments and suggestions should be directed to Mike 
Parker, Superintendent, 538-8200.
Hoquiam Board of Directors: Christie Goodenough, Chris Eide; Hoki 
Moir, Mike Cummings, Dave Westby
Superintendent: Mike Parker 
Assistant Superintendent: Shannon Webster
The Hoquiam School District is hoping that it’s taxpayers will again support a Maintenance and Operations Levy replacement for 2015 and 2016. The current levy collects about $2.7 million in property taxes annually,  Superintendent Mike Parker said they haven’t raised that amount for the past 4 years “This year we have to raise it just one dime, it’s going to be $4.90 [per thousand],” reminding voters that this is the bi-annual M&O levy that supplements the school’s general fund. “It’s not additional money, the current levy that was approved a couple years back will expire at the end of 2014, so what we need to do is go back and replace it.”
Hoquiam Public Schools Making Connections, The Hoquiam School District newsletter, is  published on a regular basis to keep the community informed about our  children’s education. Newsletter comments and suggestions should be directed to Mike  Parker, Superintendent, 538-8200. Hoquiam Board of Directors: Christie Goodenough, Chris Eide; Hoki  Moir, Mike Cummings, Dave Westby Superintendent: Mike Parker  Assistant Superintendent: Shannon Webster

Hoquiam Public Schools
Making Connections, The Hoquiam School District newsletter, is
published on a regular basis to keep the community informed about our children’s education.
Newsletter comments and suggestions should be directed to Mike
Parker, Superintendent, 538-8200.

Ballots are being mailed out later this month, if the levy passes again the district would receive an extra $1.2 million in Levy Equalization Funds. For complete details on the district’s levy, and how they plan to spend the money collected, check out the special edition of their newsletter “Making Connections.”

You can also visit the district’s website at www.hoquiam.net

Hoquiam School District earns School of Distinction award

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam School District this week was recognized as a School of Distinction in their region. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells us Educational Service District 113 notified them this week that they are one of twelve schools throughout the region that will receive the award.
ESD 113 serves 44 school districts in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties as well as approved private schools within those counties.
To earn School of Distinction status, schools must be performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school (3rd through 8th and 10th grade) on Reading and Math assessments. Schoolswere then evaluated on combined Reading and Math improvement over the last 5 years. The top five percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools and alternative schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.

Hoquiam Summer Meals Program Details

 In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination by writing, USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

Please Contact: Erica Barrie, Hoquiam School District Food Service Director at 360-538-8278

or visit the Hoquiam School District website at www.hoquiam.net

for more information