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Susan Parrish

education reporter

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Recent Stories

Vancouver schools chief's compensation rises despite complaint

By Susan Parrish July 24, 2014 7:12 p.m.

In the climate of shrinking budgets, not many public employees have received a 28 percent increase in total compensation over the past six years. But Steve Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, has negotiated salary increases, additional cash outs and stipends to push his total compensation from $208,000 to more than $268,000 since starting the job in 2008.

Conference call: Can school board members phone it in?

By Susan Parrish July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

With access to a profusion of electronic communications devices, many school boards have not yet formulated policy allowing board members to participate in meetings via a state-of-the-art device — that is, state-of-the-art in 1876 — the telephone.

Clark College eyes food-beer program at Academy

By Susan Parrish July 18, 2014 9:48 a.m.

Clark College is testing the waters to see whether the community is interested in a student-operated restaurant and brewery at The Academy in downtown Vancouver. The restaurant and brewery would open in two key outbuildings on the Academy campus: the laundry room and boiler room.

Clark College expands efforts in Gorge

By Susan Parrish July 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Less than a year after opening the Wind River Education Center in the Columbia River Gorge, Clark College is expanding its academic and technical offerings and moving into a new, larger facility 18 miles east on Highway 14.

Evergreen district assigns administrators

By Susan Parrish July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

The Evergreen Public Schools board of directors has completed administrative hirings, changes and moves for the 2014-15 school year.

Seven weeks of summer fun on the cheap

By Susan Parrish July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County families face more than seven lazy weeks stretching into the horizon before school begins in the fall. Many families fill their children's summer schedules with programmed camps and classes. But many don't have the money or the desire to do so.

Grant will help Clark College job training efforts

By Susan Parrish July 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Three years ago, Chris MacMillan was working as a jack-of-all-trades in a coffee business, roasting beans, building coffee stands and setting up for events. But then the business sold, and he was laid off.

Grant keeps AmeriCorps reading tutor in place at Pioneer Elementary

By Susan Parrish July 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Pioneer Elementary School in Evergreen Public Schools is the only school in Clark County to receive funds from a federal grant to provide an AmeriCorps reading tutor for the 2014-2015 school year, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Felida's Fun Fourth: Community embraces popular children's parade

By Susan Parrish July 2, 2014 6 a.m.

It takes a village to organize the July 4th Felida Children's Parade.

New superintendent takes over at Battle Ground school district

By Susan Parrish July 2, 2014 6 a.m.

What a difference a year makes. Mark Hottowe began his first official day as superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools on Tuesday. The district that he's taking the reins of is a tamer, calmer animal than it was a year ago.

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