Educator of blind children receives award



Dean Stenehjem, superintendent of the Washington State School for the Blind, was presented with the 2011 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children award. The National Federation of the Blind honored him at its 71st annual convention in Orlando.

He has worked with blind students for 37 years. He originally started in Grand Forks Central High School in North Dakota. In 1986, he started working for the Washington State School for the Blind. Now he oversees the education of blind students from birth to age 21.

Stenehjem helped bring adaptive technology to the school and established the Ogden Resource Center that offers Braille books to elementary and secondary school blind students.

The award includes a $1,000 prize and a trip to Orlando to be a speaker at the National Federation of the Blind Convention.


Alternative school topic of Thursday meeting

East Clark County parents interested in enrolling their children in alternative education programs are invited to attend a meeting Thursday night to discuss the potential for starting a Columbia Gorge-based school.

After 15 years in Camas, the River Homelink program is moving to Battle Ground for the 2011-12 school year. The move resulted from state budget cuts and newly available space at the district’s Center for Agricultural, Scientific and Environmental Education complex on Northeast 149th Street, just west of state Highway 503.

Thursday’s meeting at the Port of Camas-Washougal, 24 S. A St., will update parents on the Homelink program’s move to Battle Ground and the search for a school district sponsor for a new program, as well as serve to measure interest in a new alternative education program in east Clark County. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.