NASELLE — Renewing the current Educational Programs and Operations tax levy was the main topic for decision by the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors on Tuesday, Nov 21. The levy provides funds to ensure that quality education programs continue in a safe, well-maintained and clean school.
In 2015, the board proposed and voters approved a three-year school levy for $715,000 in each of years 2016, 2017 and 2018. The levy equated to a tax rate slightly more than $3 per $1,000 assessed property value. With that levy due to expire at the end of 2018, the board faced a Dec. 15 deadline to submit a resolution to the Pacific County auditor for continuing the levy. Following two previous meetings of briefings and discussion, the board approved a three-year reduced levy rate approximated at $1.50/$1,000 with an annual ceiling of $450,000. After legal review by the county, this levy request will be on the February 2018 ballot.
In personnel matters, the board approved a leave of absence for Rob Dalton, the middle school girls’ basketball coach and the hiring of both Russ Hickman and David Blaylock as coaches for the middle school girls’ basketball for a one-year replacement.
Other approvals included the list of Booster Club activities for the 2017-18 school year, a Close-Up Trip to Washington D.C. for juniors and seniors, the purchase of a 78-passenger Thomas bus not to exceed $139,500 and acceptance of a donation of food for emergency preparedness.
Superintendent Lisa Nelson provided a first reading of a proposed policy regarding graduation requirements.
Nelson reported the student population on a full-time equivalent basis for the month of November: 336 for K-12, 82 for the Naselle Youth Camp School and 22 in the Columbia Virtual Academy.
Nelson noted the Veterans Day Assembly was a successful event with a larger than normal number of veterans in attendance. She complimented the Comet Football team on a successful season. Nelson also reported in volleyball that Taylor Gudmundsen was selected as the league’s co-MVP and teammates Holly Disch, Lily Harman, Hailey Weston and Kenzie Glenn were chosen for the All-League team.
The board held closed session to conduct an informal evaluation of Nelson’s performance.
The next regular meeting of the NGRVSD Board of Directors will start at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the Grays River Fire Hall.
This report prepared by Nick Nikkila, a member of the school board.