Hoquiam School District grant puts $600,000 into repairs to 2 facilities

The Hoquiam School District will spend over $600-thousand on energy efficient and safety upgrades in the coming months. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells KBKW “Lincoln Elementary is going to get the bulk of the work. We’re going to put in brand new windows, new lighting in the multipurpose room. The High School [HVAC] system is going to get retrofitted. We’re going to put new parking lot lights out there [at the High School], as a way to increase safety and save energy.
The school board recently accepted a $200,000 energy efficiency grant from the state, the work is expected to be complete by the beginning of the coming school year.

Hoquiam School Board selects Kathy Eddy for vacant Director position

The Hoquiam School board tonight will swear in it’s newest member, School Superintendent Mike Parker says “The school board on Monday night interviewed two candidates for the vacant position left by Dr Dave Westby, and they selected Kathy Eddy.”
Parker said Kathy Eddy, the wife of former Hoquiam councilman Jim Eddy, will be sworn in tonight as their 5th School Board Director.

Aberdeen School Board looking for Director to replace Doug Smith

The Aberdeen School District is looking for a new School Board member. Superintendant Tom Opstad tells us “Our longtime board member Doug Smith, is resigning from the board and moving to California. So we will have an opening, the board will take applications from interested patrons, and then they’ll make a selection to fill out Doug’s term until next November.
Smith has been with the district since 2003, he recently accepted a position with the Lassen Municipal Utility District in Susanville, California, his term would expire next November.

The School Board adopted a resolution at the March 18 meeting recognizing the years of leadership Doug Smith has provided to the district. He has served since 2003 but is resigning effective March 31 because he is moving out of the district. Click on the headline above to read what they said.
For details on the Board Member position visit www.asd5.org

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.

Hoquiam School District Talks Early Release

HOQUIAM, Wash. – School board members heard from more teachers than parents at a meeting Monday night on the proposed shortened class schedule for the coming school year, as one parent spoke against the plan “I don’t think less seat time for our students is going to improve their education.”
School Superintendent Mike Parker detailed the proposed options for an early-release Wednesday “We put together two alternatives, actually three if you count doing nothing, maybe we go to twenty days instead of every Wednesday, then the other option was to do every Wednesday.”
Marissa LaLonde is a 4th grade teacher, she says Hoquiam’s teachers are stressed for time as it is.
The standards keep going higher and higher, and we’re getting asked to do more and more, and we have to be effective. To be effective Teachers have to collaborate. – Marissa LaLonde
The extra 90 minutes created by an early release would allow teachers of core curriculum to collaborate on teaching practices, make needed changes, and analyzing student performance.

Changes Coming for Aberdeen’s Highly Capable Kids Program

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen School District may be restructuring it’s highly capable program for gifted students. School Superintendent Dr Tom Opstad presented alternatives to the School Board this week, a full copy of the presentation can be viewed at asd5.org, with a link to a survey requesting parent’s input on proposed changes, such as shifting from a 1-day-a-week program currently taught at Robert Gray, to a more ongoing program in each elementary building. Opstad’s proposal also seeks to expand the availability to 12th grade instead of 6th where the program stops currently.

Aberdeen School Board Meeting to Discuss Budget

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen School Board will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, August 3, to consider budget matters.

At 6:30 p.m., the Board will open a public hearing to receive public comment on the 2010-2011 Budget. Following the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board will consider Resolution 2010-08 authorizing an extension of the 2009-2010 Budget in order to complete the purchase of school buses.

The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School.

Aberdeen School Board Holds Special Meetings to Evaluate Potential Superintendants

The Aberdeen School Board will meet in executive session at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 13, for the purpose of evaluating the qualifications of applicants for the position of superintendent. This meeting was previously announced with a different starting time.

The meeting is expected to last up to seven hours. Upon reopening the meeting, the board may choose to invite up to three applicants to visit the district. Those visits will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 16-18. Time is being set aside for the public to meet the candidates from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aberdeen High School each of the three days. A different candidate will be in the district each day.

Raymond to Renew M&O Levy

The Raymond School Board has voted to run a maintenance and operations levy to replace the expiring levy. The anticipated levy rate of $3.83 per $1,000 is the same as the 2009 rate. The levy pays for such things as individualized student support, increased costs and extracurricular activities. The proposed levy will go to the voters on February 9th.

"The passage of this levy is critical," said Dr. Stephen Holland, Superintendent of Raymond Schools. "The levy dollars represent approximately 20% of the money we receive from the state. Additionally, when the voters approve this levy the state will automatically give us about a 50% match. That money is only available if the levy passes."

Additional information about the levy will be forthcoming in a brochure that will be mailed out to all district residents just prior to the ballots being mailed. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Holland at sholland@raymond.k12.wa.us or 942-3415.