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Naselle board considers levy options, names new building

by Nick Nikkila

For the Observer

Published on October 31, 2017 3:25PM

NASELLE — The Naselle-Grays River Valley School District (NGRVSD) Board of Directors held two meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The first was a special meeting that began at 5 p.m. during which the directors were provided with information related to recent state legislation and the need for a new school levy. The current three-year levy runs out at the end of 2018. With the legislation in mind, directors discussed potential levy amounts and the length of a future levy. In the end, it was determined a final decision would wait until a more complete picture of the fiscal impact of the legislation on the school district was provided by Educational Service District 112. Superintendent Lisa Nelson noted a levy resolution needs to be submitted by Dec. 15 in order to undergo the needed legal reviews and be placed on the February ballot.

At 6:30 p.m., the directors convened their regular monthly meeting. They approved a leave of absence for Haleigh See, middle school basketball coach. The board also approved the Facilities Master Plan for 2017-20. Following the rules for naming a school building, the board was presented with three possible names for the newly constructed multipurpose building. The choices were: Grabenhorst-Hall Fieldhouse; Veterans’ Memorial Fieldhouse; and, Grabenhorst-Hall Veterans Fieldhouse. After discussing the merits of each choice, the board decided to name the new building the Grabenhorst-Hall Fieldhouse in honor of long time school superintendent Dick Grabenhorst and Merle Hall, who had been the school’s maintenance superintendent and an ardent supporter of Naselle athletics.

Nelson noted the floor in the Grabenhorst-Hall Fieldhouse was in the process of being installed and should be completed within the next week or so. She also related the positive reaction the representative of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided when she inspected the new building. OSPI provided the initial grant that assisted in construction.

Youth Camp School Principal Gary Flood gave a positive report on the school’s staff noting, “They are a very good school staff to work with. They work well together and understand we are all in this together. I really appreciate their dedication and professionalism.”

Flood reported the school now offers all of the core subjects needed for graduation and can provide, basically, all the elective credits that would be needed. He emphasized his three goals continue to be: Help students earn their diplomas; Help students earn their GED; and, Help students become men of integrity. Flood noted they don’t have a lot of time to help students achieve those goals. Last year, the average time a student was at the school was 131 days.

Nelson reported the district had, once again, received a GEAR Up grant, which is a seven-year cycle of funding for middle and high school students. The grant provides about $84,000 per year for student support, including computers, college trips and help with career planning.

It was left open whether or not a second special meeting of the board would be convened after the information on the fiscal impact of state legislation is received from ESD-112.


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