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Evergreen Public Schools board of directors president Rob Perkins, from left, member Gary Wilson and Superintendent John Boyd listen to public comment Tuesday evening at an Evergreen Public Schools board of directors meeting at district headquarters in Vancouver. The board voted to approve $18.7 million budget cuts to the district next year.

Evergreen school district approves $18.7 million in budget reductions

Evergreen Public Schools board of directors president Rob Perkins, from left, member Gary Wilson and Superintendent John Boyd listen to public comment Tuesday evening at an Evergreen Public Schools board of directors meeting at district headquarters in Vancouver. The board voted to approve $18.7 million budget cuts to the district next year.

March 27, 2024, 11:10am Clark County News

The Evergreen Public Schools board of directors voted 4-1 Tuesday night to cut $18.7 million from the 2024-2025 school year budget, including 151 staff positions. Read story

A nine-year-old boy was transported a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after colliding with an Evergreen Public Schools bus early Tuesday morning. Vancouver Fire crews used wooden blocks to suspend the bus off the ground Tuesday morning to extract a child who had been trapped underneath.

9-year-old on bicycle pulled under rear axle of school bus in Vancouver

A nine-year-old boy was transported a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after colliding with an Evergreen Public Schools bus early Tuesday morning. Vancouver Fire crews used wooden blocks to suspend the bus off the ground Tuesday morning to extract a child who had been trapped underneath.

March 26, 2024, 3:30pm Clark County News

A 9-year-old Ellsworth Elementary School student riding his bike was dragged under an Evergreen Public Schools bus in east Vancouver on Tuesday morning, according the Vancouver Fire Department and the school district. Read story

From left: Washougal School District Superintendent Mary Templeton joins U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania, and Margaret Rice, career and technical education director, during a tour of the woodshop at Washougal High School on Jan. 24. Templeton announced last month that she will take a pay cut next school year to help alleviate the district&rsquo;s $3 million deficit.

Clark County’s small school districts feel financial pinch, too

From left: Washougal School District Superintendent Mary Templeton joins U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania, and Margaret Rice, career and technical education director, during a tour of the woodshop at Washougal High School on Jan. 24. Templeton announced last month that she will take a pay cut next school year to help alleviate the district&rsquo;s $3 million deficit.

March 23, 2024, 6:03am Clark County News

News of tens of millions of dollars in proposed budget reductions in Clark County’s two largest school districts has shocked Vancouver residents, prompting school walkouts and widespread letter-writing campaigns. Read story

Evergreen Public Schools superintendent John Boyd listens to community feedback in March 2023 during an Evergreen Public Schools meeting at Evergreen Public Schools headquarters.

Evergreen Public Schools final plan for cuts includes 22 elementary teacher librarians

Evergreen Public Schools superintendent John Boyd listens to community feedback in March 2023 during an Evergreen Public Schools meeting at Evergreen Public Schools headquarters.

March 22, 2024, 3:19pm Clark County News

Evergreen Public Schools’ final recommended budget reduction plan cuts $18.7 million for the 2024-2025 school year with 124 positions lost across the district. Read story

Clark College student Hallie Tibbit, right, welds a bar to the bottom of a metal boat as River Fortier, center, watches during an Advanced TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding class at Clark College. The boat, the students' final project, will be put to the test at Lacamas Lake in less than three weeks, a rite of passage for those graduating from the program, a symbolic send-off to their next adventure.

Ridgefield Golden Grads’ scholarship will be for students interested in Clark College trades programs

Clark College student Hallie Tibbit, right, welds a bar to the bottom of a metal boat as River Fortier, center, watches during an Advanced TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding class at Clark College. The boat, the students' final project, will be put to the test at Lacamas Lake in less than three weeks, a rite of passage for those graduating from the program, a symbolic send-off to their next adventure.

March 22, 2024, 6:06am Business

A group of Ridgefield High School alumni — the Ridgefield Golden Grads — are looking to help graduates interested in trades programs at Clark College. Read story

VSAA, Hudson’s Bay High School students walk out to protest Vancouver Public Schools budget cuts

March 22, 2024, 5:56am Clark County News

Students at Vancouver School for Arts and Academics and Hudson’s Bay High School staged walkouts Thursday morning to protest Vancouver Public Schools’ $35 million budget cuts. Read story

Vancouver resident Yogesh Raut was the winner of the 2024 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, which aired Tuesday night.

Vancouver’s Yogesh Raut wins ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

Vancouver resident Yogesh Raut was the winner of the 2024 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, which aired Tuesday night.

March 20, 2024, 3:21pm Clark County Life

Vancouverites might have recognized Tuesday night’s “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions winner. Read story

Fort Vancouver High School students wave signs and chant outside Vancouver Public Schools headquarters on Tuesday during a walk-out to protest the district&rsquo;s cuts to 262 staff positions next year.

Fort Vancouver students walk out of class to protest district staff reductionsvideo icon

Fort Vancouver High School students wave signs and chant outside Vancouver Public Schools headquarters on Tuesday during a walk-out to protest the district&rsquo;s cuts to 262 staff positions next year.

March 19, 2024, 3:28pm Clark County News

Hundreds of Fort Vancouver High School students walked out of class late Tuesday morning, protesting district staffing cuts they say will disproportionately impact their school next year. Read story

Participants in the annual Paddy Hough Parade greet spectators along the route on Friday afternoon, March 15, 2024.

Blue skies, seas of green at annual Hough Parade in Vancouver

Participants in the annual Paddy Hough Parade greet spectators along the route on Friday afternoon, March 15, 2024.

March 15, 2024, 3:03pm Clark County News

Rumor has it that it never rains on the Paddy Hough Parade. Read story

Striking educators keep in step as Evergreen Public Schools entered its fourth day in September 2023.

Evergreen Public Schools’ leaders got $31K in extra pay during strike while bargaining with teachers union

Striking educators keep in step as Evergreen Public Schools entered its fourth day in September 2023.

March 15, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

The four members of Evergreen Public Schools’ district bargaining team received a combined $31,100 in supplemental pay for their work in the final stretch of contract negotiations with the Evergreen Education Association last summer, according to district documents. Read story