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December 4, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground School Board sends lower tax rate to voters


The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors decided unanimously on Monday to dip into the district’s reserve fund and put a replacement levy before voters that is less than the current schools levy rate. This educational programs and operations (EP & O) levy will be on the Feb. 9, 2021 special election ballot.

The levy is not a new tax, and if approved, will replace the levy that expires at the end of 2021. The local levy will allow the district to maintain educational programs and critical day-to-day school operations such as student technology, additional school staff beyond what the state provides, and building maintenance. 

It is estimated that property owners in the district will see a decrease in their local schools tax rate of 39 cents in 2022 compared to 2021. The local levy rate is projected to be $1.95 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2022. Read more on the district website

Prairie ASB to host 'Falcon Forest' event to collect food, spread holiday cheer 


The Prairie High School ASB Club is hosting a drive-thru event on Saturday, Dec. 12th to benefit the North County Food Bank. From 3 to 5 p.m. in the PHS parking lot, the public is invited to visit the "Falcon Forest" featuring a variety of Christmas trees that will be decorated by different school clubs. 

Visitors can vote for their favorite tree by donating non-perishable food items or new socks that will be collected and donated to the North County Food Bank. 
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Nov. 23. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

Captain Strong Primary shows holiday spirit during resource pickup event 


On Wednesday, Captain Strong Primary got into the holiday spirit for this week's resource pickup day! Thank you to the Captain Strong Primary Cougars PTA for helping make this supply pickup fun and festive for students and families. You can see more photos on our Facebook page

BGHS senior signs on to join Auburn's equestrian team

Congratulations to Battle Ground High School senior Kaitlyn Ferguson on joining the top-ranked equestrian team at Auburn University! Kaitlyn will be competing in the Western (Horsemanship) category for the Auburn Tigers next year after compiling an impressive list of accomplishments during her high school competition years: 
  • 2020 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Reserve World Champion
  • Three-time APHA National Champion
  • 2019 APHA Top-5 Novice Youth
  • Two-time APHA Honor Roll Champion
Congratulations, Kaitlyn! And best of luck as you continue competing at the collegiate level!

Pleasant Valley kindergartners learning about bears, making adorable art

Mrs. Farnham’s kindergarteners have been learning all about bears. How cute are these hibernating bears?! This post was shared from the Pleasant Valley Primary School Facebook page

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a COVID isolation room attendant, a day shift custodian, a swing shift custodian, a transportation router, assistant coaches for girls basketball, cheer team, swimming, dance team, and boys soccer; a head coach for boys tennis, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
District
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. 
  • Winter Break, Monday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 1: No school and district buildings are closed in observance of the holiday. Grab and go meals will be offered on specific dates by sign up. Watch for details. 
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