Sept. 9, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Levy facts: Keeping BGPS buildings in good shape

Kevin Jolma, Battle Ground Public Schools' executive director of facilities and operations, has been through two double levy failures in his 18 years with the district. "It can take years and years to recover from that,” he said. In 2019, the district's Board of Directors committed to reducing a backlog of deferred maintenance created when those previous levies failed to pass. This summer was the busiest ever for Jolma and his team, including acres of carpeting replaced at Battle Ground High School, new gym floors at Amboy and Pleasant Valley middle schools, perimeter fencing for security at schools across the district and much more. Plans to revise entrances at older schools such as Captain Strong Primary and Prairie High School to increase building security may be delayed if a four-year replacement levy fails to pass on Nov. 2. A previous version of the replacement levy failed last February.

The current replacement levy approved by the board includes a rate of $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed property value, down from $2.32 per $1,000 this year. If approved, Battle Ground Public Schools would continue to offer the lowest tax rate of any district in Clark County. More information on how the levy helps to maintain buildings and provide student programs and supports, check out the district website.

Prairie High School's Ricardo Martin Del Campo sworn in as student rep

Prairie High School junior Ricardo Martin Del Campo is the newest student representative on the Battle Ground schools Board of Directors. The 17-year-old took his oath of office during the July 26 board meeting, becoming the first person to be sworn in by new Superintendent Denny Waters. 

"What made me so interested in being part of the school board is that, not only do I want to be a teacher in the near future, but I also want to help others my own age, help my community, and make sure everyone has the right to learn," Del Campo said.

The Board of Directors added student representatives in 2018. The two positions are appointed by the board for a term of two years each. Both current student reps are from Prairie High School with senior Sydney Cordon in her final year.

New program highlights high school sports

If you're interested in getting the week's high school sports highlights, Battle Ground Public Schools has teamed up with Vancouver and Evergreen school districts to produce Clark County Scoreboard. The show breaks down the weekly highlights from rivalry games and features interviews with coaches and local journalists covering the events. Clark County Scoreboard airs Wednesdays on Comcast channel 328, or on the Evergreen Public Schools YouTube channel.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Teachers (English, Health/Fitness, Kindergarten, First Grade, Special Education)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Student specific, recess supervision, crossing guard, automotive/welding shops)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Business Services (Fiscal Specialist - CASEE A)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Amboy, Captain Strong, Maple Grove Primary, Tukes Valley)
  • Guidance Counselor (Battle Ground High Schools, Daybreak Middle)
  • Assistant Coach (Prairie High School boys' basketball, BGHS football and volleyball)
  • Head Coach and Assistant Coach for Special Olympics Unified Team in Basketball and Soccer
  • Community Education - Referee/Support Staff and Gym Facilitators
View full job listings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, visit  
  • BGPS Board of Directors'
    • Monday, September 13, 6 p.m. (Regular meeting)
  • 1-hour late start, Wednesday, Sept. 15
  • School start/end times (One-hour late start on Wednesdays starting Sept. 15):
    • Primary schools: 9:10 a.m.–3:40 p.m.
    • Middle schools: 8:10 a.m.–2:40 p.m. (Amboy: 7:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.)
    • High Schools and CAM Academy: 7:55 a.m.–2:25 p.m.
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