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Stevenson-Carson School District Announces Karen Douglass as Next Leader

Press Release from ESD 112 - 06/04/15

The Stevenson-Carson School District Board of Directors has selected Karen Douglass, Principal of Stevenson Elementary, as its new Superintendent of schools. The Board chose the current Stevenson Elementary School Principal to succeed outgoing Superintendent Dan Read who leaves the District on June 30.

Douglass has worked in the Stevenson-Carson School District for over 25 years, spending the last 10 years as Principal of Stevenson Elementary. As a long-time area resident, Douglass is extremely knowledgeable about the District, its staff and the community. She also currently serves as the District's federal programs supervisor, Title I LAP director, homeless liaison, and professional development coordinator. She holds a bachelor's degree from Warner Pacific College and a Master's degree from Portland State University.

"The reason I chose to apply for this position is because I'm passionate about our school district, our community and the families who live here," she said. "This is my home and I have no plans of going anywhere else!" she added. "As superintendent, I will listen to people individually so we can learn and grow together," she said.

As an active member of the Gorge Early Learning Commission, she is also passionate about early learning and plans to work closely with the entire early learning community. Thanks to a Community Foundation grant, she's been involved in a school readiness program in partnership with ESD 112 and several early learning partners in the Stevenson community.

Douglass was especially impressed with the involvement of the community during the Board interviews with the three finalists. "It was wonderful seeing the room full of people. It is evident people here are interested in what's going on," she said.

While Douglass is excited about taking the next step in her professional and personal journey, she said leaving the elementary staff with whom she's worked for many years will be tough. "It will definitely be a day of tears," she said.

Douglass will begin her new position on July 1.

Contact Info:
For more information, contact:
Melissa Kreuder, 360.750.7500
Educational Service District 112
2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661


News Release from ESD 112
Posted on FlashAlert: May 29th, 2015 11:30 AM
May 29, 2015

The Stevenson-Carson School District Board of Directors has selected three finalists to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The selected candidate will succeed Dan Read who is leaving the district in June. The finalists are:

School Board Work Session Replaced with Special Meeting

The Thursday, May 28, 2015 regularly scheduled Stevenson-Carson School Board of Directors work session has been canceled and replaced with a Special Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administration Office. Agenda items include an overview of the superintendent search process and schedule and an executive session “to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment.”

Reference:     RCW     42.30.080     Special Meeting
                    RCW     42.30.110      Executive Session

Superintendent Interviews Scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd

On Wednesday, June 3rd the candidates for superintendent of Stevenson-Carson School District will be participating in the following events:

Morning – Candidates will tour the schools.

Afternoon – The administration team, operations team, and students will interview candidates.

3:45 – 4:30 pm – Staff and community interview at WREC in Carson. Questions will be selected from community and staff submissions. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide written input. If you would like to submit a question for consideration please email CES Principal Brian Howe (

5:30 – 8:30 pm – Special School Board meeting at the District Administration Office in Stevenson. During this special meeting the Board will interview the candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe and provide written input. An Executive Session will follow to review the qualifications of the candidates.

The new superintendent will begin on July 1, 2015.

SHS Students Tour Silver Star Industries

On Wednesday, April 22nd SHS teachers Bill LaCombe and Scott Midland took five shop students to North Bonneville for a tour of Silver Star Industries.

Company founder and President Matt Califf provided students with a personal tour and history of the company. He also took time at the end of the tour to answer questions about the industry and how students can be successful in the work world.

Kindergarten Registration

Stevenson-Carson School District will be hosting two early Kindergarten Registration events for the 2015-16 school year at Stevenson Elementary, Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 pm and Monday, April 20 at 5:30 pm.

Parents and guardians of children who are currently five or going to be five before August 31, 2015 will be able to begin the process of registering their child for the upcoming school year. Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate and immunization records to the event.

Stevenson Elementary School principal Karen Douglass said, “This required enrollment process helps us plan for the next year. We use this registration window to establish class sizes and decide how many teachers we need.”

“Last year over 55 students were registered during this event and another 16 students registered before school started in August. This year we would like to see the number of students enrolling in April increase and the number of students waiting to enroll in August decrease. If you have a child to register or know some who does now is a great time to do it,” continued Douglass.

The event will also provide parents with information about the all day kindergarten program, schedule of important dates, and information about summer school. Parents and guardians are asked to call Kali Stump at 427-5672 for more information or if they have any questions.

Attention Parents and Guardians of Students with Special Needs

Parents and guardians of students with special needs are invited to attend the following events:

“IEP 101: An Introductory Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs” is a free workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 21st. The workshop will be held in the SES library from 10 am – noon.

Presenters include Ingrid Warden, Parent Resource Coordinator, of PAVE PTI and Dr. Benton Dorman, Special Education Administrator, of ESD 112. Childcare will be provided courtesy of the Washington Reading Corps.

Please let Kali Stump at SES know if you plan on attending. She can be reached at 509-427-5672.

The event is sponsored by the Partnership for Action, Voices for Empowerment, Parent Training and Information (PAVE PTI), ESD 112, and SCSD.




On Wednesday, March 25th at the Hegewald Center in Stevenson, the Human Services Advisory Board is sponsoring a presentations titled “Developmental Disabilities: How to Achieve Excellent Employment Outcomes.” The free event starts at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Presenter Cesilee Coulson, Executive Director for Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, will cover topics such as qualifying for services, transitioning from school to employment, and others during her presentation.

For more information please call: 509-427-3850.


Math Open House on March 5th at District Office

The Stevenson-Carson School District Math Curriculum Adoption Committee is planning a Math Open House for Thursday, March 5th.

“Over the last five months we’ve visited schools, talked with educators, observed lessons, and reviewed materials with the goal of selecting curriculum that we believe will be effective for our students and aligns with Common Core State Standards,” said committee leader and SHS Principal Sarah Marino.

SHS Knowledge Bowl Wins SW Regional Tournament For 2nd Year In A Row


For the second year in a row, the Stevenson High School Knowledge Bowl team has won the SW Washington Regional tournament.

"At the end of the regular season, SHS was the top seed of the 10 1-A schools in the SW division, and they lived up to all expectations," said coach Bob Rogers.

"Not only did the Bulldogs accumulate the highest point total in the qualifying rounds, but they dominated in the championship round beating out White Salmon and La Center by a score of 21-10-8," continuted Rogers.

Congratulations K-Bowl Dogs! Good luck at State!

Varsity Knowledge Bowl: Mark Striby, Kourtney Davis, Marina Levy, Jace Hogg, Audriane Shipman-Kardinal, Kelly Langeslay, Less Yoder, Kelly McSherry, Leilani Miller, Alexa Wilde-Garcia, Paul Striby, and Jesse Aguiara


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