Darcy Rourk has been hired as executive director of human resources for Vancouver Public Schools. Her annual salary is $130,622. She will begin her new position April 21, filling a vacancy created when Missy Hallead, former assistant superintendent of human resources, took a new job out of state. The board of directors approved her appointment at the March 25 school board meeting.
Surveys indicate that roughly 60 percent of employers nationwide report a shortage of available workers with the skills they need to fill open positions, said Ben Bagherpour, vice president of operations for silicon wafer manufacturer SEH America. He said that can be remedied locally by forging partnerships between Clark County’s employers, community leaders and educational institutions.
Members of the board of directors of Vancouver Public Schools will meet in a work session at 3 p.m. today at the Jim Parsley Center board room, 2901 Falk Road, to discuss second quarter Design II Goal progress reports. No formal action will take place.
When Michael Terry was a third-grader at Salmon Creek Elementary School, he wanted to grow up to be a professional athlete, have a wife and three kids, "lots and lots of money," and, when his athletic career wound down, he would open a trading cards shop.
During the five months Quincy Tuttle, 12, went through the legal process, he was held in custody at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and continued his education in a classroom behind locked doors.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
March 21, 2014 6 a.m.
Billy Blues Bar and Grill is in the space where Halftime Bar and Grill operated for many years. Opened under new ownership on Christmas of 2013, Billy Blues is a place that welcomes families all day until 9 p.m. There is plenty of room for large groups, and you can expect a full house on Ultimate Fighting Championship fight nights, when the fights are broadcast on several large-screen TVs. The menu offers choice steak house selections and American fare with a variety of Southern, Cajun, Italian, and soul food to choose from as well.