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Joe Thayer, center in gray sweatshirt and hat, joins union members as they gather to strike after a deal has not been reached between the teachers’ union and school officials despite working without a contract since Sep. 1, as seen in Ridgefield on Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2022.

Ridgefield teachers on strike; picketing closes schools

Joe Thayer, center in gray sweatshirt and hat, joins union members as they gather to strike after a deal has not been reached between the teachers’ union and school officials despite working without a contract since Sep. 1, as seen in Ridgefield on Friday morning, Sept. 9, 2022.

September 9, 2022, 7:58am Clark County News

Teachers in the Ridgefield School District went on strike this morning after Thursday night’s round of contract negotiations with the Ridgefield School District failed to result in a tentative deal. Read story

Wednesday is the first day of school for the Ridgefield School District, where a divide between district administration and the teachers' union looms, as seen Wednesday morning.

No deal reached, Ridgefield teachers to strike Friday

Wednesday is the first day of school for the Ridgefield School District, where a divide between district administration and the teachers' union looms, as seen Wednesday morning.

September 8, 2022, 9:00pm Clark County News

The Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Education Association were not able to reach a deal on a tentative contract on Thursday night, meaning the union will go on strike beginning Friday. Schools in the Ridgefield School District will be closed Friday and until a deal can be reached. Read story

Students arrive for their first day of classes at Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield on Wednesday morning.

Still no tentative deal for Ridgefield teachers, bargaining to continue Thursday

Students arrive for their first day of classes at Union Ridge Elementary School in Ridgefield on Wednesday morning.

September 7, 2022, 11:10pm Clark County News

The Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Education Association were not able to reach a deal following Wednesday night's bargaining session, but the two sides have agreed to one final bargaining session Thursday to try to prevent a strike Friday. Read story

Head Start supervising teacher Tamara Harris playfully cautions students to stay quiet at Evergreen High School on Friday morning. A lack of federal funding has put an even larger dent in the capacity of local Head Start child care and early learning facilities, particularly in Clark County.

Head Start in Clark County challenged by lack of federal funding

Head Start supervising teacher Tamara Harris playfully cautions students to stay quiet at Evergreen High School on Friday morning. A lack of federal funding has put an even larger dent in the capacity of local Head Start child care and early learning facilities, particularly in Clark County.

September 3, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

While Matt Sloan worked with a handful of children to improve their castle of wooden blocks, Yolanda Cano was needed at the door. Read story

Union Ridge Elementary School second-grader Eylee Klug, 7, gets a warm welcome from teachers and staff as she arrives for the first day of school Wednesday morning. Wednesday was the first day of school for the Ridgefield School District, where a divide between district administration and the teachers union looms.

Ridgefield schools welcome students amid open bargaining

Union Ridge Elementary School second-grader Eylee Klug, 7, gets a warm welcome from teachers and staff as she arrives for the first day of school Wednesday morning. Wednesday was the first day of school for the Ridgefield School District, where a divide between district administration and the teachers union looms.

August 31, 2022, 2:36pm Clark County News

Flurries of excited students — some escorted by parents and some defiantly insisting they make an entrance on their own — descended upon Union Ridge Elementary School for their first day of school on Wednesday. Read story

Discovery Middle School students keep in step as they head to class on Tuesday morning.

First day, fresh faces as classes start at many Clark County schools

Discovery Middle School students keep in step as they head to class on Tuesday morning.

August 30, 2022, 3:19pm Clark County News

Teachers lined the hallways at Fruit Valley Elementary School on Tuesday morning, eagerly welcoming a tiny cascade of students on their first day. Read story

Teachers and supporters gather in front of the Ridgefield School District offices at a rally preceding union negotiations, Monday. The Union has promised a strike vote tonight if an agreement is not met.

Ridgefield teachers to be present for first day, despite strike authorization vote

Teachers and supporters gather in front of the Ridgefield School District offices at a rally preceding union negotiations, Monday. The Union has promised a strike vote tonight if an agreement is not met.

August 30, 2022, 11:40am Clark County News

Despite authorizing a potential strike Monday night, Ridgefield teachers said they will be in the classroom for the first day of school on Wednesday. Read story

Ridgefield seventh grade math teacher James Davies, Center, his wife Sheena Davies, left, and their daughter Camryn Davies join other teachers and supporters at a rally in front of the the School District offices in Ridgefield on Monday.

Ridgefield contract deal not yet reached, teachers likely to strike

Ridgefield seventh grade math teacher James Davies, Center, his wife Sheena Davies, left, and their daughter Camryn Davies join other teachers and supporters at a rally in front of the the School District offices in Ridgefield on Monday.

August 29, 2022, 7:05pm Clark County News

As of Monday evening, the Ridgefield Education Association and the Ridgefield School District have not yet reached a deal on a new contract. The union is likely to vote to go on strike in a membership meeting later Monday night, deeming the district's latest offer to be far below what… Read story

Students gather in the cafeteria at View Ridge Middle School before school on May 4. Among the plans to alleviate overcrowding in Ridgefield schools would be the conversions of two extracurricular spaces at View Ridge -- the wrestling room and the Black Box Theatre -- into multiple new classroom spaces.

Ridgefield parents: Crowded-school ‘solutions’ fail our kids

Students gather in the cafeteria at View Ridge Middle School before school on May 4. Among the plans to alleviate overcrowding in Ridgefield schools would be the conversions of two extracurricular spaces at View Ridge -- the wrestling room and the Black Box Theatre -- into multiple new classroom spaces.

August 28, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

With the start of the 2022-23 school year on the horizon, parents in Ridgefield are starting to get a clearer picture of the cramped classroom conditions some students will face amid rapid population growth in recent years. Read story

Ridgefield High School.

Ridgefield opens online classes to students anywhere in state

Ridgefield High School.

August 25, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

Ahead of its second year of operation, the Ridgefield School District’s Wisdom Ridge Academy, an online alternative learning experience, announced it’s expanding to accept new students from anywhere in Washington. Read story