Last day of school for local districts:
June 10: Green Mountain, La Center.
June 16: Camas, Vancouver and Washougal.
June 17: Battle Ground, Evergreen and Ridgefield.
June 19: Woodland.
GREEN MOUNTAIN — Clutching a snake in its talons, a red-tailed hawk rose above the Lewis River. Tall spikes of deep pink foxglove grew along the road, where a four-wheeler and an orange tractor pulling farm equipment were the lone vehicles. Two horses nibbled grass in a field. Farther down the road, another hawk lifted from its hunting perch on an enormous, round bale of hay.
At the Green Mountain School along Grinnell Road less than a mile south of Lake Merwin, the scene was busier and certainly noisier. Staff and students had gathered on the playing field to sign yearbooks in the final moments of the 2014-15 school year.
Green Mountain and La Center schools released for summer Wednesday. Other Clark County schools will do the same over the next week or so.
This year, 143 children in kindergarten through eighth grade attended the Green Mountain School, which consists of several buildings on a small campus. The original two-room schoolhouse was built in 1932. In 1993-94, it was remodeled and now houses four classrooms. Over time, other buildings have been added.
In 1978, when Suzette Milkowski-McGraw started working as the school’s office manager, less than 50 students were divided among two classrooms. Milkowski-McGraw, who lives just down the road from the school, is retiring after 37 years.