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Elmer City appoints new council member Elmer City resident Terje Berg was approved to be on the town council at the town’s Aug. 9 meeting. Berg has lived in the area for three years and said that his reason for wanting to be on the council is that...

 

NCB is collecting school supplies

The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank is collecting backpacks and school supplies for local children in need. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional supplies. All items will be distributed to schools in the...

 

Federal funds awarded to help with fire fighting costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for three fires burning in central Washington, including the Grass Valley Fire in Douglas and Grant counties near Grand Coulee and...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 8, 2018

School levy passes for GCD district

A capital improvements levy to support the Grand Coulee Dam School District appears to have passed in Tuesday’s election with more than 55 percent of the vote. The levy will enable safety, technology and facilities improvements in the district and...

 
 By Karen Depew    Opinion    August 8, 2018

Thanks for the levy support

Citizens for Quality Education would like to thank those who voted for the Grand Coulee School District Levy and also say a thank-you to those who put signs up in their yards. Thank you to the businesses that supported the levy and a “shout out...

 
 By Jesse Utz    Opinion    August 8, 2018

Simply the best

At a recent conference in Kennewick, Wash., two local stars from our school district were honored with high awards. I had the honor and privilege of being on hand when these two powerful superstars...

 

NCB collecting school supplies

The Grand Coulee branch of North Cascades Bank is collecting backpacks and school supplies for local children in need. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional supplies. All items will be distributed to schools in the G...

 

On a vote that matters locally

I, along with all voters in the Grand Coulee Dam School District, received my primary election ballot in the mail last week. Since it is a primary election, I was almost overwhelmed by the long list of names of people who are seeking to be selected...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 25, 2018

School district budget anticipates deficit in four years

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will have to figure out how to not go broke in four years. That was one of the darker notes presented at the district board meeting Monday night, where Business Manager Sally Ryan presented the proposed 2018-19...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 25, 2018

Students express desire to change dress code, school system

What do students think about the educational system? The system, most often run by older people who haven't been students themselves in decades, doesn't receive a lot of input from the student body, a...

 
 By Rich Black    Opinion    July 18, 2018

School levy would not increase taxes, but would fund improvements

As a community we are approaching an important election, the outcome of which will clearly affect the quality of education received by our school-aged children. This election will require a decision by voters on whether our community will continue...

 
 By Joe Tynan    Opinion    July 18, 2018

Here's what the levy would do

Next month, local voters will have the opportunity to approve the Capital Project Levy for the Grand Coulee Dam School District. This is only a supplemental levy that will address facility and safety needs of the district, as well as offset lost...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    July 18, 2018

District to hold 2018-19 school year budget hearing at next board meeting

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will invite public comment on its 2018-19 school year budget at its July 23 board meeting at 6 p.m. in the high school library in Coulee Dam. Sally Ryan, the district’s business manager contracted from...

 
 By Scott Hunter    School    July 18, 2018

Super explains how levy would keep school moving forward

Paul Turner has a goal: to make Lake Roosevelt Schools a bit of a worry to neighboring school districts because it’s where students want to be. But a kink got thrown into the plans to keep the Grand Coulee Dam School District, of which Turner is...

 

Legals for July 18, 2018

Town of Coulee Dam Public Hearing on ATV Use To the Citizens of the Town of Coulee Dam, notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Coulee Dam will hold a Public Hearing at Town Hall, 300 Lincoln Ave, Coulee Dam, WA on Wednesday,... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    July 11, 2018

New interim high school principal hire approved

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board Monday night approved the hiring of Ronanda Liberty as the new interim high school principal. Hired for a year, Liberty will serve as the principal while the search continues for the right fit for the long...

 

Newsbriefs

Powwow starts Thursday night The 133rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration Powwow will take place at the Nespelem powwow grounds from July 12 through July 15. Tribal council oath of office Thursday morning The Colville Business Council oath of office...

 

Meetings and Notices

Chamber This Week The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet this Thursday, July 12 at Siam Palace. Paul Turner, superintendent of schools for the Grand Coulee Dam School District, will be speaking about the school levy vote. The public...

 
 By Jacob Wagner    School    July 11, 2018

Business manager hire approved for schools

Kathrine Marchand has been hired as the new business manager for the Grand Coulee Dam School District, chosen out of five applicants for the position. “She brings a lot of expertise and experience,” said Superintendent Paul Turner. “She has...

 

Legals for July 11, 2018

Town of Elmer City OPEN COUNCIL SEAT The Town of Elmer City has an open council seat. The mayor and council invite any Elmer City residents who are interested in filling the position to please attend its next council meeting on July 12 at 7 p.m.... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 27, 2018

School levy on August ballot would just maintain

Voters will decide if the Grand Coulee Dam School District will function on the same amount of money it has been, or be forced into a budget made much tighter by the new school funding law passed by the state Legislature last year. The district’s...

 

Newsbriefs

Early deadlines for holiday Because of the Independence Day holiday, The Star will be published on July 3 (Tuesday) instead of on our usual Wednesday schedule. The deadline for ads and news copy will be Friday, June 29. No-shows for school board The...

 
 By Dave Noggles    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Thankful he got out

As a former employee at the Grand Coulee Dam School District (30 years plus), I would like to respond to the article in last week’s Star entitled “High staff turnover this year in GCD school district.” I am now retired from the district, and I...

 

Legals for June 27, 2018

Town of Coulee Dam Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held to consider the Six-Year Comprehensive Street Program (TIP) for 2019 – 2024. The Public Hearing will be held in the Coulee Dam Town Hall Council... Full story

 
 By Jacob Wagner    News    June 20, 2018

High staff turnover this year in GCD school district

High staff turnover this year in the Grand Coulee Dam School District has led some to wonder why. In many cases, it is simply the right personal decision for the individuals involved, some said. Such is the case with Brian Daniels, who is resigning...

 

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