With Debbie Robison’s direction, CES Hi Cap students designed, planned and painted an entry for the PIR Winter Wonderland and Holiday Lights display. Different schools paint winter scenes, and drivers get to vote for their favorite(s). So, if you’re in Portland before Christmas, cruise through PIR and vote for CES! The PIR Winter Wonderland opened on Thanksgiving.
At Stevenson-Carson School District, our top priority is student safety. With winter weather nearly upon us, it’s time to think about snow bus routes and road conditions. In the event that weather conditions make bus transportation hazardous, Stevenson-Carson School District may decide to use limited bus routes as an option to total school closure. The Stevenson-Carson School District will work closely with the Skamania County Road Division to makes sure that roads that we travel will be safe for the buses and students. The Maintenance Level 1 roads are our main SNOW ROUTES with a couple of roads Maintenance Level 2. In the event of a major weather event, we may need to reduce our routes even further to SEVERE SNOW ROUTES that will travel only on Maintenance Level 1 roads or less.
The levy maintains daily operations of the Stevenson-Carson School District, and provides about 8-12% local funding for our schools for three years. What is not covered by year one levy dollars comes out of the reserve, and is not funded by the State. Only half of the slated levy funds were received in year one, which is why year two estimated costs are higher. The tax rate (per $1,000 of assessed property value) does not change over the three years.
Fire Safety week was October 7th – 11th. At Stevenson Elementary, each teacher taught about fire safety, with the theme being, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Students learned that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. They also learned about the importance of crawling when there is smoke and to get out of the house, fast! The students drew a poster to illustrate a fire safety lesson learned. One child from each classroom was selected to ride to school on a fire truck for drawing the best illustration. All students gathered in the gym for an assembly done by our local fire fighters and EMS workers. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the many people who volunteered to make this a success!
The mission of the Columbia Gorge School is to provide individualized education offerings, along with support, resources and professional consultation, in a safe, student/parent-partnered and professional environment.
Columbia Gorge HomeLink & SCI (Student Centered Instruction) Program:
Columbia Gorge School is a multi-faceted program operating not only as a Parent Partnership, but as an Alternative Learning Experience as well. Both are programs in the public school system designed to support families and students who have chosen to educate their children either in a homeschool setting or with other non-traditional methods. HomeLink offers support, guidance and resources to parents who are their children’s primary educators. SCI supports those students who need reinforcement, enrichment, or who need a different approach to learning than the traditional schools provide. Whether in one subject area or more, Columbia Gorge School Campus will support all of these students.
For more information on Stevenson-Carson School District's Columbia Gorge School, please see the school website.
Beginning September 23, residents of the Columbia River Gorge will have new access to higher education, as Clark College begins offering for-credit, college-level classes at the Wind River Education Center in Carson, Washington.
The expansion comes as a response to an increasing demand from local businesses and residents for a highly trained workforce and accessible education. This past winter, college representatives met with prospective students, business leaders, educators and economic development advocates to gauge interest in offering college-level classes to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge. Clark College is following through with its commitment to provide the classes; future course offerings will depend on enrollment levels being able to support the investment long-term.
The state department of transportation is going to be replacing a culvert under State Route 14 by Ice House (Bridge of the Gods) the week of Tuesday, September 3 through Friday, September 6. They will have single lane closures during daylight hours. So there are the possibilities of 10-20 minute delays.
Berry and Apple AM routes could experience delays so be at your bus stop at the regular time but please be patient for the bus to arrive. The schools are aware of this possibility and will excuse your child.
Free child screenings for children aged 0-6 years, who have not reached age appropriate milestones in skill development and who have not yet entered kindergarten, will be offered to residents in the Stevenson-Carson School District on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and Friday, September 6, 2013. Screenings will be held at the Wind River Education Center in Carson.
On Wednesday, July 24th the Stevenson-Carson School District met to adopt operating budgets (General Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Capital Projects Fund, and Transportation Vehicle Fund) for the 2013-2014 school year.
Based upon a projected student enrollment of 883 students and 40 ALE Columbia Gorge School students, apportionment for the school year will be approximately $11,446,622. This amount includes general apportionment, state and federal categorical funding, local levy support, and federal forest funds.
Anticipated expenditures for the 2013-2014 school year will be approximately $11,588,164 with a projected fund balance of $4.45 million at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
The big unknown for the district continues to be the federal forest funding level. The budgeted amount for the upcoming school year is $1,280,000, compared to last year’s budgeted amount of $1,487,688. This amount could vary significantly depending on congressional action. With congressional action, this amount could double, but without action it could nearly vanish.
The public is invited to review the operating budget in its entirety at any given time at the district office -- 350 NW Bulldog Dr. If you have questions regarding the budget, please call Superintendent Dan Read at 509-427-5674.