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July 15, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground School Board approves Nov. 2 replacement levy vote


The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously at a special meeting on July 15 to send a replacement four-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy to voters on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. If approved, the levy would replace one that is set to expire at the end of 2021. The replacement levy would represent a 15 percent tax rate reduction over this year while helping to support student technology, advanced courses, athletics, extracurricular activities, music, nursing, transportation, special education, student safety, building maintenance, as well as additional school staff to help provide a safe and supportive learning environment for students across the district. If approved, the levy would raise $26.75 million in 2022, $28.2 million in 2023, $29.65 million in 2024, and $31.1 million in 2025 with an estimated rate of $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed property values in each year of the levy. The levy would retain Battle Ground Public Schools' position as the K-12 school district with the lowest total local tax rate in Clark County. 

Levy-funded summer construction in full swing

While summer might be a time for many students to enjoy some much-needed time away from school, it's busy season for construction and maintenance projects all across the district. A covered play area was recently completed on the Yacolt Primary campus, along with new security fencing. The gym floor is in the process of being replaced at Amboy Middle School, with Pleasant Valley's gym up next. At Battle Ground High School, seats at District Stadium were recently replaced on both the home and visitor sides of the field, and nearly 2.2 acres of carpeting is being replaced inside the building. Numerous other projects, many of them intended to increase the safety of students and staff, are either currently underway or planned for later this summer. In 2020-21, Battle Ground Public Schools budgeted $13,236,643 to maintain and preserve the community’s investment in schools and provide safe, clean and secure learning environments. Of that total, the district budgeted $3 million for large summer projects.

 

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on June 28 and special meetings on June 29 and July 15. Highlights from this meeting is in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on July 26 at 6 p.m. 
 

Prairie High School drama students win state awards


(Prairie High School senior Carson Verity [left] and recent graduate Cherish Hales)

Prairie High School thespians Carson Verity and Cherish Hales both took home awards at this year's Fifth Avenue Theater of Seattle's Best in State High School Musical Theatre Awards. This year's awards featured video pitches submitted by drama students from around the state. Verity and Hales shared an award for Outstanding Choreography Pitch Package for their take on Jeffery Lane's musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The drama club ended up having to produce a streamlined ensemble performance in June, but worked to choreograph through the pandemic by holding Zoom sessions, recording videos, and practicing outside when possible. Verity also took home a solo Hit the High Note Honor for Best in State in a Lead Role in a Musical. 

Prairie High alumna Jordan Chiles qualifies for Summer Olympics



Prairie High School graduate Jordan Chiles is Olympics bound! The 20-year-old, who graduated in 2019 and now trains alongside Simone Biles in Texas, has been considered one of the most consistent American gymnasts over the past year, going 24 for 24 in clean routines (meaning no falls). In the Olympic trials last week, Chiles finished third overall, including second in the uneven bars. Chiles attended Pleasant Valley Middle School where she started practicing gymnastics at the age of seven. She turned elite at just 11 years old. After some competitive struggles, Chiles relocated to Texas to train at a gym owned by Biles' parents. She credits her new coaches there for reigniting her passion for gymnastics, leading to the fulfilment of a lifelong dream to compete in the Olympic games. Chiles' family members still live in the area and will be cheering for her along with all of us during the summer games in August. Go Jordan!

Summer school kicks off in Battle Ground



For the first time, Battle Ground Public Schools' Summer Academy is open to primary and middle school students. Nearly 640 K-8 students are attending classes at three campuses throughout the district. The summer program runs four days a week through July 29. The district was able to use federal relief funding to expand the opportunity to middle schools students and to provide bus service to summer school for the first time. A total of 35 certificated teachers and 30 classified staff, including special educators, are assisting with summer school this year, along with one nurse and coordinator at each building.

In the high school grade levels, nearly 350 students are taking advantage of free credit recovery courses, while 97 students are enrolled in original credit courses. Federal relief funding has allowed the district to provide free access to one half-credit course for students who are behind.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. Teacher positions are available, including numerous Special Education positions throughout the district. Special Education Assistant positions are also available. Two prevention/intervention specialists are also being sought. Head coaching positions are open for boys' basketball at Battle Ground High School, as well as swimming for both BGHS and Prairie High School. Assistant Coaches are needed for football at both PHS and BGHS, as well as girls' soccer at BGHS and swimming at PHS. The district also has several psychologist positions open, as well as the need for a speech/language pathologist. Guidance Counselors are being sought for CAM Academy and River HomeLink, as well as instructional coaches for Amboy Middle School and special education district wide. A level 4 administrative assistant position is also open in the teaching and learning department at the district office. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our full list of job openings and to apply.
 
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers. Visit https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi to apply. 
District
  • BGPS Board of Director's summer meeting schedule
    • Monday, July 26, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, August 9, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, August 23, 6 p.m.
  • First day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 1
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