The monthly meeting of the Naselle-Grays River School District Board of Directors was held on June 16. Board members Chuck Hendrickson and Bud Strange were present and Bob Torppa was in attendance via telephone.

The first act of the meeting was to approve an amendment to existing board policy 1400 to state that “a majority of the board members will be considered as constituting a quorum for the transaction of business.” The board then recognized the resignations of board members Steve Gacke and Josh Holt.

End of school year personnel shifts were addressed by the board. The resignations of teachers Sean McNulty and Lori Dearmore were recognized. It was noted McNulty has accepted a teaching position in Las Vegas and Dearmore has accepted a position as the full-time librarian in South Bend. Other acknowledgements included: the resignation of Larry Brignone, the school’s groundskeeper, effective Aug. 31; Russ Hickman, athletic director; Rose Nisbit, middle school girls basketball coach; Heidi Anderson, middle school girls basketball coach; Merlyn Cerkan, para-educator; and Debby Denny, middle school volleyball coach. The board then approved the hiring of Brian Macy as the athletic director, Rose Nisbit as the head girls varsity basketball coach, Meg Colquhoun as the third grade teacher, Sue Holt as elementary/PE teacher and Merlyn Cerkan as the youth camp school secretary.

First readings were held for amendments to the following policies: Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) policy 2418 – Waiver of high school graduation credits; Naselle-Grays River Valley School District (NGRV) policy 1400 – Board meetings at Grays River; and, new NGRV policy 2422 – Grade changes. These policies will be up for adoption during the July meeting.

In other actions, the board approved overnight stays as part of the “Gear Up Program” for visits to college campuses; the expenditure of up to $30,000 for the purchase of garage doors for the bus barn; approval of contract with ESD 112 for business manager and payroll services; approval of contract with ESD 113 for a driver’s education program; and approval of the purchase of 60 Chrome Books in an amount not to exceed $30,000 from rural grant funds.

Naselle Youth Camp School (NYCS) Principal Alan Bennett reported the high school proficiency exam had been administered to 30 NYCS students in March and 27 students passed the reading and writing exams equating to a 90 percent success rate. Bennett said the success rate for the math and science proficiency exams will not likely be as high. Bennet reported the summer school program has started with each student taking three classes.

Superintendent Nelson reported the amount in the general fund at the start of June was $1,057,049. Nelson informed the board that the new business manager has been in place for a couple of weeks and she has heard many good reports from staff regarding the professionalism of the individual. Nelson reported the total student population of the public school, NYCS and the Columbia Virtual Academy has remained relatively stable over the entire year averaging 375 to 380 students. Nelson briefed the board on the activities of the facilities committee. She also noted this was the last board meeting in which Marilyn Strange will be participating due to her retirement.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 21st at 6:30 p.m. A special budget hearing is planned to precede the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.

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