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Kelso School Board will move elementary renovations forward Monday

Kelso School Board will move elementary renovations forward Monday

Kelso School District

The Kelso School Board will hear a presentation about its alternative high schools and is scheduled to vote on a bid to demolish two houses to create larger parking lots at Butler Acres and Carrolls elementaries.

Before the 6 p.m. meeting, the board will hold a 5 p.m. workshop for the 2020-2021 budget.

In its regular meeting, the board will hear a presentation on the achievements of Loowit High School and Kelso Virtual Academy and also honor students from those schools.

It will also vote on a contractor to demolish two houses, one near Butler Acres and one near Carrolls Elementary School. The houses will be torn down to make way for additional parking, according to board documents. The board will vote on accepting Northwest Construction of Battle Ground’s bid of about $100,000, which was the lowest of 12 bids, according to board documents.

The district estimated the project would cost between $130,000 and $140,000. The highest bid was for $175,000, according to board documents.

The district has been offered a donation of $5,263.22 from the Kelso Instrumental Music Boosters to fund a high school music retreat for music students. The board has to vote to accept donations of more than $5,000.

The board also is slated to vote on a resolution of racial balance for Huntington Middle School. It states that the district will make sure the bond-funded modernization of the school will not create a racial imbalance, as there is not currently one.

The board is also scheduled to accept the constructability reviews of the Butler Acres and Carrolls modernization projects.

In other action, the board will hear second readings on:

  • Policy 2100 educational opportunities for military children: Updates residency requirements for students with a parent in the military.
  • Policy 2195 academic acceleration: Adds detail on courses students can enroll in.
  • Policy 2409 credit for competency-proficiency: Changes title of policy from “credit for competency-proficiency” to “world language competency.”
  • Policy 5161 civility in the workplace: New policy outlining examples of civil and uncivil behaviors and the district’s expectations and disciplinary responses.

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