Naselle-Grays River Valley School District Superintendent Gerald Schmidtke sends this message to members of the community:

It is already November and before you know it Christmas will be here. Many things have been happening around the Naselle-Grays River Valley Schools, and I would like to take some time to bring you up to date.

Last year the facilities committee prioritized school district projects.

The first completed project has been the repaving of the bus loop and the addition of a sidewalk up to the school. The second project is happening at the maintenance and transportation building. A carport is being built for our bus fleet. The last project is maintenance on the boiler system. The district is paying for these projects with funds from state forest cuts. These dollars can only be used for facility projects.

We were also fortunate to have some new flashing speed signs installed in the school zone in front of the school. In the past , there have been complaints from parents and bus drivers about the lack of safety signs in front of the school. The Washington State Department of Transportation and the school district joined together to pay for the project. The cost to the district was $3,000, very inexpensive if it saves one life or prevents one injury.

In addition to a new principal and athletic director, we have several new staff members. They complement our veteran staff, which is all working together to provide the best education possible.

We received the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) science scores. Naselle was number three in the state, just behind Mercer Island and ahead of the Bellevue School District. Next time you see a teacher, you might compliment them on the great job they are doing.

I want to thank all the parents of the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District for sending us such great children.

Remember, my office is always open or do not hesitate to call me. Your input is important.

Gerald Schmidtke


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