By Susan Parrish September 4, 2013 8:35 p.m.
Seven months and one day after their school burned, Crestline Elementary students and staff were together again under one roof for the first day of school today. After the Feb. 3 fire destroyed the school, classes had been divided by grade level and for the remainder of the year, hosted by five different elementary schools in the Evergreen School District.
By Susan Parrish September 3, 2013 8:54 p.m.
Seven months to the day that Crestline Elementary School was destroyed by a three-alarm fire on Feb. 3, the district officially broke ground on the new Crestline being built at the fire site. About 100 students, parents, teachers and community members turned out at the fire site for the Tuesday groundbreaking.
By Susan Parrish August 29, 2013 9:27 p.m.
Battle Ground school board members violated the state's Open Public Meetings Act when they voted behind closed doors in executive session to spend $400,000 to buy out the contract of the district superintendent, said one of the state's top advocates for open government.
By Susan Parrish August 28, 2013 9:23 p.m.
When school opens Wednesday, the Crestline Elementary School community will be reunited under one roof, seven months after a fire destroyed their school.
By Susan Parrish August 27, 2013 7:51 p.m.
The Battle Ground school board this morning acknowledged violating the public's trust in its handling of the departure of the district's former superintendent.
By Susan Parrish August 26, 2013 10:53 p.m.
Scores on standardized tests required of public school students showed a slight improvement in 2013 over 2012 statewide, according to the spring 2013 test results released Monday. Those trends are reflected in Clark County schools.
By Susan Parrish August 25, 2013 6 a.m.
During the summer, some Clark County residents recharge by traveling to other countries to gain a new perspective, see things in a new way. Many volunteer summer after summer, and say that they gain as much as they give. Some of these world travelers wrote posts for The Columbian's "Summer Journeys" blog. Here are their stories.
By Susan Parrish August 24, 2013 8:12 p.m.
As they moved in a circle, Tyese Arthur and other dancers chanted traditional American Indian songs at the base of the Vancouver Land Bridge to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the project's completion.
By Susan Parrish August 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Two Vancouver elementary schools, Sarah J. Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt, will have additional classrooms built in time for the 2014-15 school year. At its August 13 meeting, the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors approved construction of six additional classrooms at each school.
By Susan Parrish August 19, 2013 9:33 p.m.
Framed by a picture-perfect view of Mount St. Helens, Miranda Bierscheid, 18, stood with two friends near the Firstenburg Family Fountain on Monday morning, the first day of fall semester at Washington State University Vancouver.
By Susan Parrish August 13, 2013 10 a.m.
The seasonal back-to-school supplies aisles at the Target in Hazel Dell were buzzing with bargain-hunting parents and their reluctant kids on a recent afternoon.
By Susan Parrish August 12, 2013 7:59 p.m.
Following a lawsuit and a court order, it's been revealed that Shonny Bria, former superintendent in the Battle Ground School District, was one of four finalists considered for the superintendent position with the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona.
By Susan Parrish August 4, 2013 6 a.m.
When the Battle Ground school board announced its secretive $401,715 buyout of Shonny Bria, the district's superintendent for the past 15 years, the battle lines were drawn in the north Clark County community.
By Susan Parrish July 18, 2013 7:28 p.m.
A businesswoman and a teacher are challenging incumbent Blaine A. Peterson, the current president of the Washougal school board, in a three-way primary race for the Washougal School District's third district position. The top two finishers in the Aug. 6 primary will advance to the Nov. 5 general election. School board members in Washougal serve without pay.
By Susan Parrish July 16, 2013 11:14 a.m.
Vancouver Public Schools has announced more details about its transition to full-day kindergarten at all 21 elementary schools in the district beginning in September.
By Susan Parrish July 11, 2013 8:18 p.m.
Battle Ground Public Schools appears to have violated the state's Public Records Act by withholding a severance agreement with its embattled former superintendent.
By Susan Parrish July 8, 2013 9:07 p.m.
On the first day of summer quarter at Clark College, the line of students waiting to enter the financial aid office snaked out the door at 3:30 p.m. By 4 p.m., the line was even longer, stretching a good 15 feet out the door.
By Susan Parrish July 4, 2013 9:53 p.m.
Vancouver Public Schools will bring free, all-day kindergarten to all its schools starting this fall.
By Susan Parrish June 27, 2013 10:53 p.m.
After the Battle Ground school board president insisted for more than a month that departing Superintendent Shonny Bria would receive no special favors, it has been revealed that she will get a payout of $401,715.
By Susan Parrish June 26, 2013 8 p.m.
When the Battle Ground school board meets Thursday afternoon, it will be the ninth special meeting since April 29, when Shonny Bria, the district's superintendent, announced her retirement. Bria's last day with the district is June 30.
By Susan Parrish June 25, 2013 10:53 p.m.
Sparky and Sylvia Reed shared a joyful homecoming Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Evergreen Animal Hospital. Sparky had just ridden 360 miles from the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman, where he had a lobe removed from his lung.
State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, is taking heat for a Facebook post in which she tells teachers to pick a different profession if they have a problem with their pay.
By Susan Parrish June 24, 2013 6 a.m.
The former electronics factory and office space that had been shuttered for years was a beehive of activity. In what had been a cavernous space with a sea of 3,500 cubicles, classrooms has been carved out. Now, electricians, painters and other construction workers were helping Crestline Elementary make a comeback.
By Susan Parrish June 20, 2013 10:14 p.m.
Dina Marchenko's story reads like the American Dream.
By Susan Parrish June 18, 2013 10:56 p.m.
After the last school bell of the year rang Tuesday at Daybreak Primary School in Battle Ground, doors were flung open and 620 gleeful students erupted, transforming the calm into jubilant chaos.
By Susan Parrish June 18, 2013 8:10 p.m.
Four years ago, the wetland below Gaiser Middle School was being choked by invasive plants and garbage carried by stormwater runoff.
By Susan Parrish June 17, 2013 9:08 p.m.
Ken Hill knows how to turn adversity into an opportunity. In the recession-riddled economy, his skill at returning to college to learn new skills has served him well.
By Susan Parrish June 14, 2013 12:55 p.m.
If state legislators don't pass an operating budget within the next week, their failure to do so will cost Vancouver Public Schools an estimated $78,000, the equivalent of one full-time teacher, said Steven Webb, the district's superintendent.
By Susan Parrish June 10, 2013 8:24 p.m.
Battle Ground Public Schools board members announced they are likely to use a professional search firm to find a replacement for Shonny Bria, the superintendent who is retiring June 30.
By Susan Parrish June 6, 2013 8:12 p.m.
Laughter echoed from the stand of evergreen trees behind the Clark County Skills Center early Thursday morning as staff members stood in a circle playing team-building games led by Paul Haack, the outdoor challenge course instructor. Standing in the circle and laughing along with his staff was Dennis Kampe, director of the Skills Center.
By Susan Parrish June 4, 2013 7:05 p.m.
After 44 years of teaching -- all of them at Walnut Grove Elementary School -- Marlene McPherson is retiring.
By Susan Parrish June 4, 2013 5:56 p.m.
Rhona Sen Hoss will become the next executive director of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools under an agreement between the foundation and Vancouver Public Schools. Her appointment is subject to approval by the boards of directors of both organizations. Sen Hoss will start the position July 1. She replaces Tara Taylor, who led the foundation for three years.
By Susan Parrish May 30, 2013 6:45 p.m.
Students who aren't prepared to learn end up costing school districts $3,000 per year in special education and remedial work, according to the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Some kindergartners need a boost — a jump start — to be ready for school.