Stories by Susan
District received $9,585 in excess funding due to errors
A state audit has found fault in the way Evergreen Public Schools calculated and reported compliance with the national school lunch and school breakfast programs.
Lynn Hicks named interim deputy superintendent
The Battle Ground school board unanimously appointed Duane Rose as the district's interim superintendent while a successor for Shonny Bria is found. Bria is retiring June 30 after 15 years at the district's helm.
A caravan of Evergreen Public Schools buses lurched to a stop in the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in east Vancouver. When the doors opened, four classes of Crestline Elementary School kindergartners tumbled out, ready for the sneak preview of Dozer Day.
Students learn ins and outs of industry
"It's way more than a pair of pants."
Ensuring a Bright Future campaign launched; $17M already raised toward goal
Jan Oliva is a believer in the vital role Clark College plays in Clark County and Southwest Washington. The community volunteer is leading the college's $20 million fundraising campaign — the most ambitious in the school's 80-year history.
Pilot program supplies sixth-graders with tablets
The tools used by sixth-graders in Carolyn Conners' English/world studies classroom at Alki Middle School are a study in contrasts.
It failed to obtain required bids
A state audit has found fault in a Educational Service District 112 program that uses U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to pay for food and snacks served at its child care centers.
For the second time in 16 days, a Battle Ground Public Schools teacher has used abdominal thrusts to save a choking student.
Community Foundation board member, children donate $15,500 to provide supervised summer program at Orchards park for kids in need
After experiencing an "aha" moment, Candace Young felt called to action.
Tanner Roggenkamp, coping with a lifelong learning disability, is finishing college
Becki Roggenkamp knew something was wrong with her toddler. He couldn't carry a two-way conversation, and he made up words for objects. He was at the age to enter preschool, but he couldn't sing a nursery rhyme or say his ABCs.
Local schools 1 of 4 sites in nation picked to show technology in action
To the distinguished panel of observers, something in Katie McMullan's eighth-grade classroom at Discovery Middle School looked different.
Raised in Vancouver, she spent the past 15 years with district
BATTLE GROUND — Longtime Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Rochonne "Shonny" Bria, 65, announced her retirement at a special board meeting on Monday afternoon.
Captain Strong educator uses Heimlich maneuver on kindergartner
BATTLE GROUND — Painted in a hallway just steps from Toni Brammer's kindergarten classroom at Captain Strong Primary are these words: "If it is to be, it's up to me."
More than 500 ballots counted today
After more ballots were counted on Thursday for Tuesday's special elections, the Battle Ground district levy lead widened.
Brush Prairie teen's life with Asperger's syndrome is better since his mom found resources, understanding parents
A barefoot Andrew Price, 16, is hanging out in his Brush Prairie living room, waiting for a chance to play League of Legends on his gaming console. Wearing a "Prairie Wrestling" T-shirt that reads "Practice like a champion," he recently finished his second wrestling season and trimmed 45 pounds from his frame. He flexes his biceps to illustrate the result of his hard work.
Northwest Railroad Institute will prepare students for jobs in freight rail industry
The tooting of wood train whistles on Tuesday kicked off the announcement of a new freight railroad operations training program in Vancouver.
Cherry blooms, ties between Vancouver and Japan feted
Beneath a blossoming pink canopy of 100 Shirofugen cherry trees, the friendship between two cultures was celebrated Thursday in the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden at Clark College. Although gray clouds threatened rain, more than 100 people gathered for the eighth annual Sakura Festival.
At a special event Saturday, Girls from Vancouver school district high schools can get a gown for $5
Christina Chen is the fairy godmother of Hudson's Bay High School. Unlike Cinderella's fairy godmother, she doesn't wave her magic wand and chant "Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!" to transform ragged, sooty clothing into stunning ball gowns.
District would face major cuts, but wouldn't be dissolved
Some doomsayers have said that Battle Ground Public Schools will dissolve and its students will be absorbed by adjacent districts if its levy doesn't pass on its second try on April 23. But this is not true, say officials with the district and Educational Service District 112.
School officials craft who, what would be cut if measure fails at ballot box on April 23
Imagine being the sole administrator responsible for 825 middle school students plus staff. That was Linda Allen's reality the last time Battle Ground had a double-levy failure in 2006-2007.
Citizens for Responsible Taxation has history of opposing school-financing measures
A retired tire store owner and conservative activist from the Spokane area is bankrolling a mailing urging Battle Ground voters to reject an April 23 school levy. The fluorescent yellow fliers from his Citizens for Responsible Taxation group hit Battle Ground mailboxes this week.
Evergreen, SEH in talks for lease at former HP site
Building 2 of the former Hewlett-Packard campus, now owned by SEH America, most likely will become the temporary home to Crestline Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.
Some constituents concerned about district's finances
About eight weeks after voters in the Battle Ground School District failed to approve a four-year maintenance and operations levy, the district is again asking voters to replace a levy that expires in December. Ballots were mailed last week and are due April 23.
Both Anne Frank and Anneke Bloomfield were Jewish girls growing up in the Netherlands when World War II erupted and Nazi Germany invaded their country.
School board agenda says members will be asked to approve contract with owner SEH
Crestline students will apparently be moving to the old Hewlett-Packard campus at 18004 S.E. 34th St. next year, as workers rebuild their school that was destroyed in a Feb. 3 fire.
Donations from near and far help school's students, staff settle in at temporary sites
An African proverb says it takes a village to raise a child. When that child's school burns down, villages around the country respond.
4th-grader Payton Rush's sign of encouragement inspires governor, his budget
Wearing a red T-shirt emblazoned with the words "I love Crestline," Payton Rush looks like a regular 9-year-old boy looking forward to spring break.
Washington State University Vancouver marked Women's History Month Thursday at its fifth annual Women of Distinction event celebrating women who inspire, mentor and empower others.
Inslee addresses their resilience at budget press conference
Washington's new governor said his Thursday budget message was inspired by the resilience he witnessed at Crestline Elementary last week.
The FBI might have been denied a brilliant forensic scientist if not for Washington's College Bound Scholarship program.
Decision follows complaint by losing candidate; new election scheduled
The student body election at Washington State University Vancouver was invalidated Tuesday by the Judicial Board of the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver.
Skyview High the latest to open food and clothing pantry
It's hard to concentrate on school work when you're hungry.
First it was "slow food," the idea that what we eat is best digested slowly. Now it's slow news, the concept that news is better when collected and digested slowly and thoughtfully, says proponent Peter Laufer.
District looking at $16.4M in reductions if April 23 levy fails
Battle Ground school board members will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday to begin considering where to make $16.4 million in budget cuts in the 2013-14 school year if the April 23 levy fails.
Renowned storyteller rose about poverty, illiteracy to be on TV
Clark College has announced that Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author Byron Pitts will present the keynote address at the college's 7 p.m. June 20 commencement exercises at the Sleep Country USA Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.
Board to consider resolution urging adequate dollars for K-12 education
At its Tuesday board meeting, Evergreen Public Schools will bring a resolution urging the Washington State Legislature to address K-12 funding.
When Evergreen Public Schools' Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School opens in the fall, it will house the state's first high school students exploring pharmacy careers in a simulation pharmacy.
With a $10,000 grant, Vancouver students ages 8 to 13 learn moves in after-school classes
More than 80 children eager to sign up for free after-school dance classes stood in line with their parents Wednesday at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.
Annual Iris Awards recognize lasting contributions in Southwest Washington
Dianna Kretzschmar, Lisa Lowe and Jaynie Roberts will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the Iris Awards presented by Clark College on Thursday in the college's Gaiser Student Center. A 5 p.m. reception will be followed by the 6 p.m. awards ceremony.
Some educators and Democratic legislators from Clark County applauded the state Supreme Court's decision Thursday that ruled a two-thirds voting requirement to raise taxes in the Legislature is unconstitutional.
A bomb threat closed Battle Ground High School at 9:15 a.m. today said Gregg Herrington, Battle Ground Public Schools spokesman.
About 120 wiggling first-graders at Harmony Elementary School waited their turn to have tall, striped hats placed on their heads on Wednesday morning. Then the kids and their parents sat down to tuck into a breakfast of green eggs and ham.
District will go to voters for second time on April 23
BATTLE GROUND — An estimated 100 school supporters met Tuesday night to strategize ways to pass the April 23 schools levy.
District warns of consequences if voters repeat 'No'
BATTLE GROUND -- The Battle Ground School District is taking a second shot at the same levy request that voters rejected this month.
School boats new STEM building, record number of graduates in 2012
Washington State University Vancouver continues to thrive on its Salmon Creek hillside campus.
2012 brought largest graduating class in its history
Clark College continues to evolve by expanding its offerings to meet the community’s needs. Founded in 1933, it is the state’s second-largest community college and supports learning for 26,290 residents. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Clark was the largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in the state’s community and technical college system.
Students hope discipline shown in local competition helps them achieve military careers
BRUSH PRAIRIE — With practiced precision and a flick of their wrists, Wade Alfson and Spencer Watson snap their rifles to each other, catch and flip their partners’ rifles 360 degrees through the air and snap them back again.
Evergreen Public Schools' HeLa High will open in fall
The pharmacy is nearly ready. The state-of-the-art nursing station is down the hall. But this isn't a hospital. It's Vancouver's newest high school.
Senator among those to laud program's educational benefits
Southwest Washington's efforts connecting students with professionals in science, technology, engineering and math -- collectively known as STEM -- were celebrated Thursday night inside an nLight Corp. warehouse packed with educators, students and professionals volunteering as mentors.
Twenty years ago, as a communications specialist in the Army, Dennis Davis jumped out of planes.