The Star - News, views and advertising of the Grand Coulee Dam Area

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

School board briefs


NESPELEM — The Nespelem School board of directors Monday night approved the appointment of Zekkethal “Val” Vargas-Thomas as a director in Position 1, the seat just being vacated by Patrick Marchand, who did not seek re-election.

It was the last meeting for Marchand, who has chaired the board since the resignation of long-time board member, the late Jeannie Moon.

“I am sorry to see him leave and his leadership will be missed,” Superintendent Rich Stewart said.

• In other business, the board was updated on the purchase of 16 new Chromebooks and a charging cart for about $7,500. Chromebooks are a type of laptop computer that runs only on Google’s Chrome operating system, with all documents stored in the cloud.

• This district has also ordered new guided reading books for kindergarten through third grades, plus another set for the library, at a cost of about $9,500.

• Stewart was directed to work with former on-staff teacher Rudy Christianson on his appeal for more pay for a long-term substitute assignment from 2014.

COULEE DAM — Grand Coulee Dam School District board members re-elected Joette Barry chairman of the board Monday night. George LaPlace was elected vice-chairman and Barry was re-elected as legislative representative for the board.

• The average student attendance for December was 681.97, the school board learned Monday night. The number of students for the same period a year ago was 716.44. The number of students budgeted for this school year was 680.

• The board Monday night approved three hires and one resignation.

Hired was Pete Adolph as eighth-grade girls’ basketball coach; Jesse Utz, SHARP Teens PM program leader; and Karrie Utz, SHARP Teens AM program leader. Resigning as middle school head track coach was John McNeil, who stated that he would be moving out of the area.

You might be interested in:

Reader Comments