NASELLE — On Saturday, June 27, the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Board of Directors and Superintendent Lisa Nelson participated in a daylong special meeting to discuss setting goals for 2015-16, self-assessment approaches and the pros and cons of conducting an advisory vote in November on the Mandarin Immersion Program.

Patty Wood, area representative for the Washington State School Directors’ Association, and president of the Kelso School Board, served as the facilitator. Directors in attendance were Chairman Chuck Hendrickson, Robert Torppa and Bud Strange. The meeting was held in the Middle School commons with one member of the public in attendance.

The cons appeared to outweigh the pros during the discussion on placing an advisory vote on the November ballot.

“Our thought in regard to the advisory vote was to determine public opinion on the appropriate level of funding by the district for the Mandarin Program,” Hendrickson said. “After learning we would be restricted to 75 words and limited to only a “yes or no” vote, we discussed other avenues that might better meet our needs.”

“The board made good progress on developing goals for the upcoming year,” Nelson said following the meeting. “There will most likely be a bit more wordsmithing at a future meeting prior to adoption, but Patty did a great job and the board was able to accomplish much of what was needed to be done.”

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