Several non-profit fundraising affiliates of the school district are seeing high-dollar donations and a raised profile, taken by school board members as signs of increasing community support for education.
Replacing the high school is by far the top priority of a facilities committee studying replacing nearly all the schools in the district. Its second priority is replacing Chenowith Elementary.
Board will wait to make final decision
Testimony was almost evenly split Tuesday on a proposal to make Columbia Gorge Community College a “sanctuary campus.”
Board will consider resolution Tuesday
The politics swirling around national immigration issues have reached The Dalles. On Tuesday, March 14, the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will discuss a resolution creating “sanctuary campus” status for CGCC in The Dalles.
Candidates seeking election to the governing board of Columbia Gorge Community College must file by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Four positions will be up for election on May 16, all representing Wasco County.
While ideas varied on how best to go about replacing or updating the school district’s buildings at a Tuesday meeting, there was unanimity on one point: a bond vote should not be held in May.
Three robotics teams from The Dalles will be competing in the state championship held Feb. 25 and 26 at Benson High School.
Last week, District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong updated the Chronicle about calendar changes to make up for snow days. The next day, Thursday, Feb. 9, schools were closed due to bad weather.
With each school facilities meeting, the numbers for replacing all buildings in the school district are getting more closely refined. The latest number is $161 million, which is for only construction costs, and in today’s dollars.
In the next five years, $22.4 million needs to be spent just to keep systems at the six District 21 buildings in their current poor condition, according to an assessment of the buildings.
The Dalles Sister Cities Association is preparing for another year of cultural exchanges with its sister city of Miyoshi City, Japan, and local students are being invited to sign up for the opportunity.
Dramatic gains in English language arts were made in District 21 in all tested grade levels, and Chenowith Elementary had particularly strong gains in all subject areas, state test results show.
The Dalles High School students saw a sharp improvement in English language arts, with 16.8 percent more students testing at proficient levels in state tests last year.
A school bus loaded with middle schoolers had to lock its brakes when it was cut off by another driver as it turned into the Wahtonka campus parking lot Thursday, and it slid into a fence, damaging both fence and bus.
With a goal of putting a bond measure on the May 2017 ballot, the school district will soon begin reaching out to the community regarding new buildings.