Camas, WA — Camas High School Athletic Director, Rory Oster, announced today that Papermaker sports events will resume Monday, February 22 after an 11-plus month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With sporting events/games starting on Monday, please be aware of the spectator guidelines with regards to each sport,” Oster said.

GSHL Spectator Update by Sport

Spectators that attend any GSHL event must wear a mask for the duration of their time on school facilities, indoors and outdoors. Spectators must also social distance with a minimum of six feet between individuals outside of their family.

Volleyball – Each athlete, manager and coach will be allotted TWO entrance tickets to their specific contest only. Doors will open for entrance ten minutes before the contest scheduled start time at the North Commons/Gym entrance only, and gyms will be immediately cleared at the conclusion of the contest.

Varsity games will begin at 7:00 pm with a 6:50 pm entrance.

JV games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

C games will begin at 7:00 pm with a 6:50 pm entrance.

4th team games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

Girls Soccer – Each athlete, manager and coach will be allotted TWO entrance tickets to their specific contest only. Main gate will open for entrance ten minutes before the contest scheduled start time, we ask that spectators of the game that has finished, immediately leave the facility.

Varsity games will begin at 7:00 pm

JV games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

C games will begin at 5:00 pm with a 4:50 pm entrance.

Cross Country – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along the course and wear a mask at all times.

Boys Tennis – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along and wear a mask at all times.

Boys Golf – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced along the course and wear a mask at all times.

Slow-pitch Softball – Spectators are allowed for contests please keep these to no more than two per contestant. Stay socially distanced and wear a mask at all times. Spectators may need to bring chairs to set up along the outfield fence.

Football – No spectators are allowed at any football events at this time. This includes JV and C team games. We continue to advocate for changes to this rule with the Governor’s office and local department of health and we will immediately adjust if we are able to.

All contests held at Camas High School Gymnasium and Doc Harris Stadium will be live streamed athttps://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ subscriptions can be purchased which will give you access to all volleyball, girls soccer and football games played at Camas School District sites. Other GSHL schools will also be streaming their contests and we will update you with locations of those streams. If they use the NFHS network, your subscription will work for those games as well.

Link to Athletic Bulletin ~

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OyX5v4KhiJDlqVPXS4e468GnHl0gBpKc-IoVEUpRvyE/edit

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Camas Running Back Jacques Badolato-Birdsell.

Vancouver, WA — Clark County’s COVID-19 activity rate declined again this week, down to 209.8 cases per 100,000, according to Clark County Public Health. Last week, the rate was 262.2 cases per 100,000.

“Keep up the good work, Clark County,” the health department said in a statement. “Let’s continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and avoid gatherings so we can keep bringing that rate down!”

Latest COVID-19 Update:

  • 32 new cases 
  • 17,909 cases to date
  • No new deaths
  • 213 total deaths to date (191 confirmed, 22 suspect)
  • 255 active cases (in isolation period)
  • 36 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
  • 6 people hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

You may learn more on the Clark County COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

Fairgrounds Vaccination Update

If you were scheduled to get your first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the fairgrounds on Tuesday (including those rescheduled due to snow) but were unable to get vaccinated, you can go the site anytime during operating hours today (9 am to 5 pm) to get vaccinated. Your vaccine will be waiting for you.

If you received your first dose at the fairgrounds, you will get a second dose at the fairgrounds. The day after receiving your first dose, you should receive a follow-up message (email or text) with a link to schedule your second dose. 

If you experience difficulties with the scheduling system and are unable to schedule an appointment for a second dose, you will still get your second dose. Just bring your original confirmation email from Safeway/Albertsons or your vaccine record card and go to the fairgrounds on the date you are due for your second dose, and you will get vaccinated.

Olympia, WA — Clark County is moving to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide reopening plan, along with four other regions. 

“This will mean increased economic activity. We are very happy about it,” Inslee said. “Ninety-two percent of the state of Washington is now in Phase 2 or higher.”

Inslee said this will be effective starting Monday, but may open earlier for Valentine’s Day and current weather conditions. The only region in the state that isn’t in Phase 2 is the South Central region, including the Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Yakima areas.

Inslee said he doesn’t have a date for when Phase 3 guidelines/restrictions will be released. He said the state has been focused on getting to Phase 2. 

He said “this is now both a time for celebration for the state, but also a time for increased diligence due to new variants of COVID-19.”

In Phase 2, restaurants may open indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Indoor gatherings are also allowed, with a maximum of five people from outside a household per gathering, but limited to no more than two households. Outdoor gatherings allow 15 people present from outside a single household.

Movie theaters, concert venues, and museums can now operate at 25 percent capacity, and are subject to eating and drinking requirements.

Zoos, rodeos and concert venues can now host groups of 15 and up to 200 people at a time.

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Indoor weddings and funerals are now allowed, and must follow gathering requirements. Dancing is still prohibited. 

Low and moderate risk sports may resume indoors, and fitness centers may now operate at 25 percent capacity. Low, moderate and high-risk sports are all allowed outdoors with a 200-person limit, including spectators. The WIAA will provide specifics on this.

The decision to reopen most of the state despite risk of having to move back, Inslee said, was based on science and the fact that businesses have had to close for months. He added that if the numbers go back up, the state can go back in phases.

Regions could be moved back if metrics start going in the wrong direction. Under the state guidelines, in two week the regions must still meet three of four requirements. If the region meets two or fewer, they would return to Phase 1 the following Monday.

Washington is nearing 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, according to the Department of Health.

Inslee said getting close to 1 million doses is an achievement, but he also acknowledged that people are frustrated by the wait for their doses.

Inslee says they are making rapid progress in vaccination push and that “help is on the way” for those who haven’t had their shots yet. He emphasized there is equity in vaccine distribution among communities of color, and said that this helped determine where the mass vaccination sites were located. 

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Camas, WA — Voters in Camas passed two education replacement levies  — the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy and the Technology capital levy — by healthy margins Tuesday, according to unofficial results from Clark County Elections.

Proposition 4 passed with 53 percent of the vote, and Proposition 5 passed with 55 percent. Both three-year levies were set to expire in 2021. Camas School District (CSD) asked voters to consider approval of two replacement levies that will allow CSD to continue the same level of service students, teachers and families have enjoyed for decades. 

“I’m feeling good,” said CSD Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Snell. “The results are good right now. We are cautiously optimistic and grateful to the community. It’s been a tough year, and we need to continue to serve our students and families. I know whether you vote yes or no you care about the kids and staff. I appreciate people that recognize that and we need to keep doing this as best we can. It’s nice to be on the plus side of 50 percent.” 

Snell also expressed sadness for Battle Ground School District, which also held a levy vote today.  Their levy failed 53-46 percent.

In a recent interview, Snell said the following:

“Camas community has supported schools through local levies for more than 40 years. Initially, levies provided money for things that cannot be funded by state, or basic education, dollars like extra-curricular activities. Over time, state funding did not keep pace with actual costs, and lawmakers pushed the burden on local communities to fill the gap with levy dollars. 

“Our levies make up to about 20 percent of our budget.  If we were to align our budget to State and Federal funding, we would not be able to continue extra-curricular activities. Classroom sizes, breakfast and lunch prices, and the length of time students spend on the bus would all increase. Additionally, many employees would lose their jobs. The amount of money we would have to maintain or replace computers, roofs, and HVAC systems would be almost non-existent. 

“Most of our parents cite Camas Schools as the reason they moved to Camas. It is our community support that makes our schools strong and vibrant.

Extracurricular activities are: all sports programs, all club activities, academic teams, to pay for coaching assignments, and pay for the costs of running the activities, which includes concerts and activities outside the school day. These activities have really become a part of  our culture, it’s who we are.”

Camas, WA — The politics of this week’s two Camas School District (CSD) levy votes are heating up as “No to Levy” campaign signs have been reported as stolen or defaced, said campaign organizers and the Camas Police.

Forty-six signs have been stolen, said Heather Wynn, a member of the nearly 1,000 member Open Camas Schools group, which is behind the campaign against the two replacement levies. 

Wynn and several members of the Open Camas Schools group have distributed 100 signs throughout district boundaries, and have continued to monitor locations since the end of January.

One “No to Levy” organizer caught one woman stealing the signs last week and reported the incident to police. She was charged with a misdemeanor (case #21-0109) by Camas Police Officer Braunstein.

Local residents have received special February election ballots for two levies as the current Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy and the Technology capital levy will both expire in 2021. CSD is asking voters to consider approval of two replacement levies (an EP&O and Technology, Health, and Safety capital levy) that will allow CSD to continue the same level of service students, teachers and families have enjoyed for decades.  

“I feel it’s a very misunderstood side that we’re on,” said Wynn. “The personal reason I am against the levies — and until now I’ve always been supportive of — is because I feel the district and school board are not moving fast enough to reopen schools. It is one of the only leverage points we have. People get upset about us saying that. They feel it’s negative and unfair to use that word ‘leverage’ because it they don’t want us to use that word for something they see as beneficial to the kids.”

Wynn said their side is trying to use it as leverage to benefit kids in the following ways:

“One, we need to be heard, and it will speak volumes; 2) We know they can ask again. Our sign literally says ‘ask again’; 3) The kids’ voices need to be heard; and 4) The known fears, the real fears that are seen by us as parents are depression, anxiety, lack of education, lack of social growth, so many things are being suppressed for a ‘what if’ fear, which is COVID in the schools. They are catering to the ‘what if?’”

They are also contesting “guidelines” vs. “requirements.” Wynn said there isn’t universal guidance from state to state. 

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Vote No Levy sign at the Camas School District administration building.

“It doesn’t make any sense. They’re choosing the what if’s over the knowns,” said Wynn.

Last Thursday parents Andrea Seeley, Wynn, Ela Wunderli, Dan Wunderli, and Mike Hubbell met with Camas Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Snell.

In the meeting, Snell said the barriers to getting more kids in class sooner are the very Department of Health guidelines, which include the six-feet physical distancing, and a slow rollout of the vaccines. The group isn’t fighting face mask wearing.

He encouraged the group to lobby to get vaccines faster to the teachers. 

“I want Snell to admit that we’re following guidance, but they’re making people think we don’t have a choice,” said Wynn. We do have a choice. We have a choice to NOT follow the guidelines.”

So, these are the reasons why the Open Camas Schools group is campaigning against the levies, and it’s also why they’re frustrated there are ongoing efforts to remove their signs.

“It’s not OK to be silenced because we have a different view,” said Wynn.

And, another Open Schools advocate, Bill Criddle, said this:

“To me, schools and government should run like real life and business. If there is an acceptable return then people are willing to put out the investment. When there is not a satisfactory return then the investment is diminished. School districts and government feel that they should get the money no matter if they are providing the adequate service. I’m not okay with that. Why should we be forced to pay additional taxes with no guarantee that the expected services will be provided? They need to prove that they will provide these service and then I and most of the people I know would be happy to support the school district financially. That’s why the signs say ‘ask again’! We want to support the schools but we need them to support our kids first!”

What is the short and long-term fallout if the levy fails?

“Well 20% of a budget is the equivalent of one out of every five days being cut,” Snell said. “Obviously, we just can’t cut one day per week, so it would result in loss of extracurricular activities, programming, and additional staff support. It would make Camas look dramatically different as these activities outside the school day would no longer have a funding source. It could be up to a 10-15 percent staff reduction.” 

Wynn also kept a record of signs that were stolen or defaced.

Stolen Sign List

January 28-29

2 — on 242nd Avenue

1 — Dorothy Fox

1 — Fern Prairie Market

1 — Crown Road near Camas High School

1 — 6th Street at Roundabout

February 1-2

2 — bottom of Sierra and Lake Road

1 — Pacific Rim Blvd.

February 2-3

1 — back entrance to Camas Meadows Golf Course

1 — Woodburn Elementary

3 — bottom of Lakeridge and Lake Road

1 — Dorothy Fox

1 — 38th by Cube Storage

1 — Entrance to PBL

1 — attempt at 18th & Klickitat

February 4-5

1 — Brady and McIntosh and replaced

1 — Park & 38th

1 — 242nd & 44th

1 — 28th & 232nd 

1 — NW Astor & 41st

2 — Deer Creek subdivision

1 — 38th by Cube Storage

2 — 23rd by Lacamas Elementary

1 — 232nd and Weakly

1 — 283rd end of WBE property

1 — Everett & 23rd at Camas School District Administration building

1 — Sierra & Lake

1 — Dahlia & 38th

1 — 44th & Astor

1 — entrance to Grass Valley Park

1 — Fremont & McIntosh

1 — Ogden & 16th

February 6-8

1 — Fremont & McIntosh

1 — Dahlia and 38th

1 — 41st and Astor

1 — 242nd 39th 

1 — Dahlia & 38th

1 — 41st & Astor

1 — 242nd & 39th 

1 — Dallas & 15th

1 — Dallas & 7th 

Camas, WA — After six weeks of successful testing, the brand-new Camas App is now available to the public.

What started as a local business directory and news aggregator, evolved to focus on connecting residents and visitors with local businesses and events. Its designers call it “collaborative commerce.”

“The Camas App was built for, in, and by community members – designed to help regenerate our economy and make it more resilient. We want to make it easy for residents and visitors to learn about local businesses and discover new ones they may not be aware of,” said Joseph Graves, Co-creator of the Camas App.

The app was created locally and operated with a focus on supporting the Camas community without global tech companies filtering results or optimizing for their own financial interests.

To get the app, go to camas.info from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Background — How did this come about?

Graves and Lacamas Magazine shared several clients and were discussing ways to help more businesses when the idea for a Camas App came up in conversation.

“I had an idea for a cool local business directory app, and Joe said he was already working on it with Tyler Kaye,” said Ernie Geigenmiller, Editor & Publisher of Lacamas Magazine. “So, the three of us have been working like crazy to get it launched.”

“It’s a perfect fit for the Lacamas Magazine audience and a great way to strengthen our local economy” said Graves. “Buying from local businesses is the most powerful method I can think of to protect our community.”

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The Daily Deal in the Camas App.

“I have always wanted to find a way to connect a community to local businesses. In the ever-connected world of high speed connections, local businesses can still thrive with the right tools,” said Kaye. “The Camas App is a tool for the community as much as it is for the businesses in Camas.”

To make the app sustainable over the long term, there are several in app marketing opportunities including Premium listings, Daily Deals, Special Offers, Real Estate Listing, with more planned for the future. 

A portion of the revenue generated will be shared with three local nonprofits — The Camas-Washougal Community Chest, Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Camas Association.

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Vancouver, WA — Clark County Public Health released the latest COVID-19 data, which includes a significant drop in activity rates from a week ago.

The health department, however, did say a delay in lab processing at the state may mean not all positive cases are reflected in today’s total. The state is working to resolve the issue, they said.

• 40 new cases
• 17,204 cases to date
• 1 new confirmed death
• 187 total deaths to date (172 confirmed, 15 suspect)
• 599 active cases (in isolation period)
• Clark County COVID-19 activity rate is 310.54 cases per 100,000 (down from 401.23 cases per 100,000 last week)
• 44 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
• 5 people hospitalized awaiting COVID-19 test results

Here is additional information about the new confirmed death:
• Man in his 70s with underlying conditions

Learn more at the county’s COVID-19 data webpage: https://clark.wa.gov/public-health/covid-19-data

Event will cover testing, vaccines, federal relief, local COVID updates; Jaime will take resident questions about all topics

VANCOUVER, WA  – Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will be hosting a live telephone town hall on Monday, February 8 at 5:25 pm Pacific Standard Time. This telephone town hall with feature Clark County Public Health Officer, Dr. Alan Melnick to provide an update on resources and information related to COVID-19. As usual, she will also answer questions and hear feedback from residents about whatever is on their mind.

Any Southwest Washington resident can call in to join the live telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365.

Those residents unable to participate in this event can send comments and questions to Jaime at JHB.house.gov/contact and can also find a variety of COVID-related resources by visiting JHB.house.gov/coronavirus.

Event:Jaime Herrera Beutler telephone town hall with special guest, Clark County Public Health Officer, Dr. Alan Melnick.
Date & Time:Monday, February 8, 2021 @ 5:25 – 6:25pm PST
How to participate:Residents can join the telephone town hall by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365 at any point during the event

Camas, WA — Lacamas Magazine asked several questions to Dr. Jeff Snell, Superintendent of Camas School District (CSD), and Doreen McKercher, the CSD Communications Director, about the upcoming levies, as well as some other topics.

Local residents have received special February election ballots for two levies as the current Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy and the Technology capital levy will both expire in 2021. CSD is asking voters to consider approval of two replacement levies (an EP&O and Technology, Health, and Safety capital levy) that will allow CSD to continue the same level of service students, teachers and families have enjoyed for decades. 

Questions: What are these replacement levies for? And how often does this come to a vote? Does it require 60% voter approval?

Answer: EP&O funds and accomplishes several things: 1) Extracurricular activity funding; 2) Programming that CSD enriches beyond the state, such as our nursing programming; CSD provides nine nursing staff, which is more than the state-funded 1.2 nurses; also smaller class sizes; 3) Gaps, such as special services that the state requires school districts to deliver, but does not fund (also referred to as unfunded mandates); and 4) Transportation and food services. The state doesn’t give the district enough money to meet those state requirements, so we enrich with a levy. Over time we’ve created a transportation model the public likes. The state has a 1 mile walking distance from schools, and we improve upon that.

There are three ways that we raise funds, and one of them is the bond, which requires 60 percent voter approval. The other two require 50 percent plus one, which are the EP&O and Technology and Capital levy. These three always combine to form our local tax rate. The last bond was approved in 2016, which helps to build new schools.

Question: What percentage of the Camas annual budget comes from levy funds?

Answer: The Camas community has supported schools through local levies for more than 40 years. Initially, levies provided money for things that cannot be funded by state, or basic education, dollars like extra-curricular activities. Over time, state funding did not keep pace with actual costs, and lawmakers pushed the burden on local communities to fill the gap with levy dollars. 

Our levies make up to about 20% of our budget.  If we were to align our budget to State and Federal funding, we would not be able to continue extra-curricular activities. Classroom sizes, breakfast and lunch prices, and the length of time students spend on the bus would all increase. Additionally, many employees would lose their jobs. The amount of money we would have to maintain or replace computers, roofs, and HVAC systems would be almost non-existent. 

Most of our parents cite Camas Schools as the reason they moved to Camas. It is our community support that makes our schools strong and vibrant.

Extracurricular activities are: all sports programs, all club activities, academic teams, to pay for coaching assignments, and pay for the costs of running the activities, which includes concerts and activities outside the school day. These activities have really become a part of  our culture, it’s who we are.

Question: What do you say to taxpayers that say this is appalling that you’re asking for more money when you can’t even get your teachers into the classroom to instruct? To them, it’s about value for their hard-earned dollar.

Answer: We’re not asking for more money, we are asking for less than last time. It’s about 80 cents less than our 2020 local school tax rate. In 2020, Camas residents all paid $5.56/$1,000 of our assessed valuation (AV), and in 2021, it is projected to be $4.77. If voters approve both levies, tax rates are projected to stay the same: $4.77/$1,000 AV. We are asking for sustained commitment to the district. We realize in the past 40 years of this continued support there has not been a pandemic. Each family situation is very unique. I don’t pretend to say “we’ve delivered for you.” It’s hard to deliver under these circumstances. This is for 2022, 2023 and 2024 — going into the future. The programming people want is dependent on this revenue. I tell residents to be mad at me, don’t be mad at the teachers or other staff.  People are doing the best they can to navigate this pandemic. 

This community has built amazing things! The tax rate on this levy is lower than ballot measures past, but we know this pandemic is tough on everybody. 

If this fails, we can do it in April, but we have to set the 2022 budget in May, and it puts people in a lot of worry about jobs. We would run it again. 

We also want taxpayers to know we don’t do any of the levy campaigning. All these signs, websites are all private donations. On the flip side, the Vote NO is private money, as well. We just provide information and we are required to pay for the ballots, which costs $75,000. That’s the cost of running an election in February 2021.

We’ve been doing really well with our limited in-classroom sessions this year with only one COVID transmission.  We are excited to welcome more students back to on campus learning in the coming weeks.

Question: What do you say to critics who say you’re misleading taxpayers because you went from $2.15 to $2.50 per $1,000? It’s said this is an increase over the existing levy.

Answer: We’ve been transparent throughout the process. We used those three tools (bond, EP&O levy, and capital levy) to get to the overall local school tax rate. We looked at the bond, and it dropped, which gave us more capacity to ask. I look at the overall tax rate for schools. We’ve always communicated our overall tax rate, because that is what the taxpayer will feel for their bill.  Again, the board dropped the rate from 2020 and is staying consistent in the collection years, 2022-2024, of these measures.  

Question: What is the short and long-term fallout if the levy fails?

Answer: Well 20% of a budget is the equivalent of one out of every five days being cut. Obviously, we just can’t cut one day per week, so it would result in loss of extracurricular activities, programming, and additional staff support. It would make Camas look dramatically different as these activities outside the school day would no longer have a funding source. It could be up to a 10-15 percent staff reduction. 

Question: Is the school district saving money during the lockdown?

Answer: Yes, and we are also losing revenue due to decreased enrollment.  As of January 2021, enrollment is down 6.4 percent, which is 464 students. Factoring in the expected revenue losses and forecasting expenditures, our district is on-trend to end the year with a $2-3 million deficit.  Several factors over the remaining months of the year could increase or decrease the anticipated deficit of $2-3 million.

With our levy in place we can get through that. We could get additional help from state and federal relief funding, but we don’t get too much from the federal government.

Question: What do you say to people who can’t afford more taxes?

Answer: I understand and appreciate that any tax is difficult even if it is a renewal like this.  The good news is that when taxpayers get their tax statement this year, they will see a drop in local school tax rates. In 2020, Camas residents all paid $5.56/$1,000 of our assessed valuation (AV), and in 2021, it is projected to be $4.77. If voters approve both levies, tax rates are projected to stay the same: $4.77/$1,000 AV. 

Regarding how much money we get, per-pupil spending is a more accurate indicator since districts with higher poverty qualify for more funding in general.  

Per Pupil Spending (Source: OSPI):

  • Washougal:  $14,285
  • Evergreen:  $13,849
  • Vancouver:  $13,747
  • Battle Ground:  $13,236
  • Camas:  $12,842

The school board has presented a local school tax package that allows us to continue existing programming, support technology needs and manage resource maintenance, all for less than was collected in 2020.  It’s a combination of these two renewal levies and our existing bond payments that gives the combined local school tax rate. 

Question: Former President Trump, President Biden and the CDC have been saying for several months, and now they’ve done it officially, that schools should re-open. Why isn’t Camas following CDC guidelines on this issue?

Answer: We are. The Department of Health has taken that guidance and spelled out recommendations for high and moderate COVID levels, which is why we keep rolling out grade levels. We have established a timeline to get all grades back in the classroom in small groups by March 1 even in the high COVID level.  If we’re able to move to a consistent moderated COVID level we can accelerate that timeline.

The capacity for small groups  is 15 students or less and it’s not a full day like from 8 am – 1:30 pm. Small groups are really an intermediate step before moving to hybrid and aligns to the Department of Health guidance.

There are a lot of different perspectives about the timeline for returning to in-person learning.  This is the same for staff.  We have had some staff serving students in-person since July and others have only been serving students remotely.  We have families in very different situations as well with some not able to have their students served in person and others feeling like we should be opening up.   The board has been very consistent with public health guidance. We’ve been diligent with face coverings and distancing. It’s tough. We have to keep moving in a safe, thoughtful way.

Question: How do we manage teachers who don’t want to be in the classroom? 

Answer: We have been trying to provide choices for staff.  So as we’ve added grade levels back in small groups some staff continue to serve students who need remote learning. At some point there will be a discrepancy and staff who aren’t able to work on campus will be needed.  In that situation we work with them through the leave process.

Question: Is Dr. Snell seeking the Vancouver Superintendent job? 

Answer: I am not seeking it, but I have been asked about it. I worked there for 15 years and know they are looking for a new superintendent.  Right now I’m just concentrated on managing the pandemic and trying to support the board and staff to provide students with the best possible rest of this school year. 

Vancouver, WA – The Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA) is excited to announce member Chuck Neibert of Affinity Homes LLC has won national recognition from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as a top recruiter for the home building industry.

As part of a NAHB’s national membership recruitment effort, builders compete against other builders from associations across the country for an experience of a lifetime. Because the BIA has more than 500 members, we are recognized as a large association. As such, Chuck has won the grand prize in the large association category for recruiting the most members in the country.

As a thank you for Chuck’s hard work in building the power of the association through member recruitment, he will receive an all-inclusive trip to the Signature Kitchen Suite Experience and Design Center (an exclusive, 23,000-square-foot facility showcasing the intersection between technology and culinary passion) in Napa Valley, California, courtesy of the official NAHB membership sponsor, Signature Kitchen Suite.

2021 BIA Board President, Dave Myllymaki said, “Chuck has been instrumental in assisting our Membership Director in growing the membership of the BIA by attracting new members from Clark, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties. We cannot thank him enough for the dozens of members he’s recruited to ensure that the construction community is aware of the many benefits offered by the BIA: cost-saving programs, business development tools, and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels of government.”