Kelso School District

The Kelso School Board is scheduled to update several policies, vote on naming the board room and hear community presentations at its Monday board meeting.

The board is expected to vote on naming the district board room the “Roy Parsons Boardroom” after longtime board member Roy Parsons, who passed away in 2018.

On Oct. 7, Superintendent Mary Beth Tack submitted a proposal to name the boardroom. Parsons served on the board for 37 years and, at the time of his passing, was board president, Tack said.

Tack said although district guidelines recommend waiting five years after a school board member exits the board or passes away to name a facility after them, she is requesting that the board considers this an “extenuating circumstance.”

The board had to wait 30 days from the proposal date to vote on the naming.

Lower Columbia School Gardens Director Ian Thompson will present to the board about the garden program.

The board is also scheduled to move construction for Butler Acres and Carrolls elementaries forward with the approval of several resolutions.

In other business, the board will hear first readings on:

Graduation requirements: Updated requirements to align with new state law, including completing a “high school and beyond” plan and different graduation pathways.

  • Waiver of graduation credits: Updated requirements to align with new state law, including alternative program credits, graduation pathways and updated requirements for home school credits. It also includes the stipulation that the district may prevent a student from participating in graduation ceremonies if the student has violated school rules.
  • And second readings on:

    • Student records: Added language to allow homeless students to have immediate access to their records regardless of outstanding fines or fees.
    • Medication at school: Clarified that as the school receives federal funds, marijuana use is prohibited, and nurses cannot administer medical marijuana.
    • Rental or lease of district real property: While the district does not have any leases or rental properties, the policy was updated so that if the district does have properties in the future, the money will go into the general fund of maintenance of buildings and grounds.

    Board meetings are open to the public. This meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Wallace Elementary School. There will be a school board meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m.

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