Oct. 21, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Levy funding fuels student transportation in Battle Ground

In this week's "Know the Facts about the Battle Ground Public Schools replacement levy" video, we hear about the challenges of busing thousands of students in a district that covers 273 square miles. The state does provide some funding for transportation, but with so many miles to cover, the district will use around $5 million in local funding to cover the added costs. Without levy funding, the district would likely be forced to eliminate some routes, leading to longer bus trips for many students. State funding does not cover transportation to extracurricular activities, such as athletic events and field trips, meaning those services may be eliminated entirely. Be sure to read more about the replacement levy on the Nov. 2 ballot by visiting the district's levy information page online

BGPS' Michelle Scott selected for OSPI Compensation Advisory Committee

Congratulations to BGPS Chief Financial Officer Michelle Scott for being selected to join the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Compensation Advisory Committee. Scott was selected after being recommended by the Washington Association of School Business Professionals (WASBO). The 13-member committee, made up of a selection of school administrators, employees, and community members, will develop recommendations for the governor and legislature on a range of issues impacting how public education is funded in Washington state. 

"I'm excited to help the committee with this much-needed effort to continue reexamining how basic education is funded in the state of Washington," Scott said. "The current funding model leaves Washington districts reliant on local levies to provide many critical services for our students. I am eager to represent the voice of local districts in bringing these concerns and possible solutions to state lawmakers."

Scott was recently recognized with WASBO's Circle of Excellence Award for Distinguished Business Official of the Year, which recognizes outstanding business officials who implement innovative projects, improve systems and efficiencies, and/or forge creative partnerships with their community and improve student learning. 

Battle Ground students participate in 2021 Great ShakeOut

At 10:21 a.m. on Oct. 21, students all over the Battle Ground school district quickly and (mostly) silently pushed back their chairs, crawled under their desks, and held on tightly for about a minute. It was all part of the annual Great ShakeOut, held on the third Thursday in October. Students also learn what to do after the shaking stops, including making sure they help any younger students who might be scared and in need of direction. You can learn more about earthquake preparedness by visiting the Great ShakeOut website.

BGHS Drama teacher Stephan "Cash" Henry returns to the stage

(PHOTO CREDIT: Elayna Yussen for The Columbian)

The student has become the director. Desiree Roy, who graduated from Battle Ground High School in 2015, is now directing her former drama teacher in a one-man production of "Every Brilliant Thing," a play by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe. It's a return to the stage for Stephan "Cash" Henry, who told The Columbian newspaper it was the acting challenge of a lifetime. Roy, now 24, credits Henry, 55, with sparking her love of theater. The play, which happens this Friday and Saturday, as well as Nov. 12-13, at the Battle Ground Community Center, is a sensitive look at the tragedy of suicide, and the little things that make life worth living. The play is free, but donations are accepted and help to benefit The Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention and crisis-intervention program for LGBTQ youth.

Ballots should be delivered by Oct. 21

Ballots for the Nov. 2 general election were mailed on Oct. 15, and should have been delivered by the time you read this newsletter. If you are registered to vote and have not yet received your ballot, be sure to contact the Clark County Elections Department at (564) 397-2345, or by checking the status of your ballot online

If you are not yet registered to vote, you can do so online until Oct. 25, or in person at the Clark County Elections office at 1408 Franklin Street in downtown Vancouver until 8 p.m. on Nov. 2. If you will turn 18 on or before election day, you are eligible to register to vote.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Teacher (Special Education)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, student specific, lunch/recess, supervision)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Paraeducator (Reading - Yacolt Primary, SEL Center Support - Daybreak Middle)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Assistant Coach (BGHS Boys and Girls Basketball, PHS Wrestling)
  • 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  

Cafeteria Workers
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at over $14/hr. More information:

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at or email your resume to
  • Mon-Fri, Oct. 25-29: Parent-Teacher Conferences. 3-hour early release for *ALL SCHOOLS*
    • There will be NO late start on Wed., Oct. 27, due to the early release
  • Monday, Oct. 25: Board of Directors regular meeting, 6:00 p.m. at Lewisville campus
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