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Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters (left) and school counselor Chris Linquist (right) greet a kindergartner on the first day of school (image without graphic overlay)
Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters (left) and school counselor Chris Linquist (right) greet a kindergartner on the first day of school (image without graphic overlay)
Kindergarten enrollment for Battle Ground schools is open now - 02/26/21

***PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH UNITL MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021***

 

It's time to enroll the Class of 2034! Online enrollment is open for kindergartners who will attend Battle Ground Public Schools next year. Any child who will be five years old by Aug. 31, 2021 is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. Students who enroll in Battle Ground's full-day kindergarten benefit from the advantages of a developmentally appropriate program. 

Parents will need proof of their child's birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington state Certificate of Immunization Status form. Please note that the State of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified. Families can find out which school their child will attend by using the Clark County Property Information Center or by calling the district boundaries office at (360) 885-6577.

Enrolled students and their families will be invited to attend a kindergarten orientation in the spring. These orientations are a time for you and your child to get to know your school and to learn more about the kindergarten program. Enrolling your child prior to these orientations is a key step in being prepared for the school year, and helps the district plan for the number of teachers it will need to serve our youngest students. 

Orientation Schedules

Please enroll your 2021-22 kindergartner online now so that you can attend a kindergarten welcome orientation at your school. Orientations will be scheduled the week of May 24, and your child’s school will contact you with specific dates, times, and locations after enrollment is complete.

2021-22 School Calendar

School will begin next year on Wednesday, Sept. 1; however, kindergartners have a staggered start. Enrolled kindergartners will be invited to participate in an introductory program that allows small groups of students to get acclimated to the school environment, routines, their teacher and classroom, and other students on the first days of school. Parents will receive a letter before the start of school about their child's start date. A list of key dates for the 2021-22 school year, including breaks and holidays, is available on the district website: www.battlegroundps.org/school-calendars/

Preschool Options

Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners. Prairie High School and the BGPS Community Education Department offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5. Two and three-day programs called Tigerland are located on the campus of Captain Strong Primary, and a three-day program is offered at Prairie High School. The preschools are designed to prepare early learners for their kindergarten experience. To register for Tigerland, contact Community Education at (360) 885-6584 or by emailing commed@battlegroundps.org. To register for Prairie Preschool, call (360) 885-5004. The district also offers preschools for children with special needs. Please contact the BGPS Special Services Department at (360) 885-5318 for more information. Information about preschool options is available on the district's preschool web page at www.battlegroundps.org/preschool-and-daycare/.

Links:

Online enrollment for kindergartners is now open: 
www.battlegroundps.org/enroll/

Learn which school your child will attend: 
https://gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/property/index.cfm
www.battlegroundps.org/boundaries/

Key dates for the 2021-22 school year:
www.battlegroundps.org/school-calendars/

Preschool options:
www.battlegroundps.org/preschool-and-daycare/

Battle Ground Public Schools receives another clean financial audit
Battle Ground Public Schools receives another clean financial audit
Battle Ground Public Schools gets clean financial audit for seventh consecutive year - 02/26/21

For the seventh straight year, Battle Ground Public Schools has received a clean audit from the Washington State Auditor's Office showing that the district has safeguarded public resources. The audit examined the areas of accountability, financial statements, and federal grant compliance for the district's fiscal year from Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020. Due to the size of its enrollment and annual budget, the district undergoes a thorough financial audit every year.

Auditors reviewed Battle Ground's payroll, purchases and public works, accounts payable, use of restricted funds, establishment of local revenue and expenditure accounts, tracking of theft-sensitive assets (such as computers and other technology equipment), and cash receipting.

The report concluded that the district provided adequate controls over the safeguarding of public resources, the district complied with laws and regulations, and that there were no internal control deficiencies.

“It takes a team effort to ensure that we are using public funds responsibly,” said superintendent Mark Ross. “As always, our leadership team is committed to being efficient and transparent with public funds, and seven years of clean audits assures the public that we're responsible with the funds we receive."

“I’d like to thank the hard working, dedicated staff working in our business office and Human Resources departments,” said Denny Waters, BGPS’ Deputy Superintendent. “It takes tremendous teamwork and transparency to get through the audit process, and I am proud of district staff for how they represent Battle Ground Public Schools and safeguard public funding.” 

The State Auditor's Office audits school districts annually as part of its efforts to track public money and provide essential accountability and transparency for district operations. Their report states "The Office of the Washington State Auditor takes seriously our role of providing state and local governments with assurance and accountability as the independent auditor of public accounts. In this way, we strive to help government work better, cost less, deliver higher value and earn greater public trust."

In a typical year, BGPS employees work side-by-side with state auditors for about four weeks, producing reams of financial statements and budget data. This year, the audit was conducted remotely for health and safety reasons, which slowed down the process considerably. The audit process began on Dec. 7 and was just completed this week. 

In addition to the annual state audit, Battle Ground Public Schools also has a formal Audit Committee that reviews district expenditures on a monthly basis. District leadership proposed this additional layer of fiscal oversight several years ago.

The Audit Committee, which was the first of its kind in the state, comprises two school district board members, the district's Chief Financial Officer, and a staff member from the district's Business Services office. The committee meets monthly to go over district expenditures including vendor invoices, payroll and timesheets. Committee members discuss the expenditures, ask questions, and pull supporting documentation. The committee reports its findings to the board at regular meetings.

"A record of accountability is critical to demonstrating our commitment to running an efficient district," said Meagan Hayden, BGPS’ Chief Financial Officer. "In addition to the annual audit, our board and superintendent have taken initiative and decided that conducting a monthly review of the district's expenditures would be an effective way to maintain financial accountability."

The final reports for Battle Ground's 2019-20 audits are available on the State Auditor’s Office website and include the following:

  • Accountability Report: Examines the use and safeguarding of public resources from fraud, loss, or abuse. Looks at compliance with state laws and regulations, internal policies and procedures, and internal controls. The report looks at the district’s use of “restricted funds” (meaning that money that is allocated for a specific use has to be used for that purpose). Also tracks and monitors theft of sensitive assets like computers and other tech equipment. View the Accountability Report here

  • Financial Statements Report: Provides an opinion on whether financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with the applicable reporting framework. Examines records for fraud and/or large errors or misstatements.

  • Federal Single Audit Report: Required when a district spends more than $750,000 annually in federal assistance funding and determines compliance with federal requirements. View the Financial Statements and Federal Single Audit Report here

Battle Ground Public Schools preparing for high school hybrid learning March 15 - 02/24/21

Battle Ground Public Schools is preparing to bring high school students into the classroom for hybrid learning beginning the week of March 15. Clark County Public Health announced this week that COVID-19 activity has dropped to 137 cases per 100,000 residents. In accordance with the state metrics, school districts can bring high school students into buildings for in-person learning when the COVID-19 activity level falls below 200 cases. 

Battle Ground kindergartners have been attending school in-person since early November. The hybrid learning model was expanded in early February to include all primary students (grades K-4), and all middle school students entered the hybrid model Feb. 22. 

“I am immensely proud of the resilience shown by our students and staff during an extremely challenging year,” said Superintendent Mark Ross. “Having all our students back in buildings and learning in person is a big step toward normalcy.”

The district will follow state health guidelines for safety and cleaning protocols, including for attestation, physical distancing, the wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, and cleaning. Face masks are required for all staff and students per Washington State Department of Health, except under special circumstances such as a developmental or health diagnosis. Students will be permitted to remove masks to eat meals and during physically-distanced outdoor activities. In addition, the district has allocated resources to a nurse on special assignment who has been working with Clark County Public Health to lead investigations, conduct contact tracing and provide COVID-19 information and resources to families when there is a positive case in our schools.

To accommodate physical distancing during in-person learning, students have been divided into two groups. All students will have two days each week of direct instruction, with Group A meeting in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Group B students attending on campus on Thursdays and Fridays. The remaining three days, students will continue independent learning at home. During independent learning time, teachers will provide assignments for students to continue working on at home. 

“The health and safety of students and district staff is our first priority as we move towards welcoming students back into our buildings,” said Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters.  “We are committed to doing this safely and we will adjust, adapt and change as need be to ensure that it happens.”

Monty Anderson, Director of District 1
Monty Anderson, Director of District 1
Battle Ground School Board seeks director to fill District 1 vacancy - 02/10/21

Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors is accepting applications to fill a board vacancy created by the resignation of director Monty Anderson (Director District 1).* Applications are due by Feb. 23. Applicants must be registered to vote and live in Director District 1.

Anderson announced his resignation in a letter to the board. The letter explained that he served on the board for 12 years, longer than he originally planned, because studies have shown that continuity on a school board leads to improved student learning. However now that newer board members have more experience, he believes the team would benefit from a new board member's perspective. Anderson's resignation is effective Feb. 23. 

The board is looking to appoint a new director to serve through the end of the term, which expires November 2021. The director position will be up for election in the 2021 primary and general elections.

Information about serving as a school director and the application process is on the Battle Ground Public Schools website. School directors are elected, unpaid positions that serve four-year terms. Directors who volunteer in this governing role help set the district's direction, allocate resources, monitor performance and hold the district accountable for progress. Board activities are driven by the district's core mission of student learning and achieving success for all students. 

Battle Ground's Board of Directors has received Board of Distinction Awards from the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) in two of the last four years for its commitment to transparent practices and partnering with families and community members.  

During his time on the board, Anderson served on multiple committees and in the positions of president and vice president.

"Monty has given so much of his time and energy to our students and staff," said Battle Ground schools Superintendent Mark Ross. "He has provided valuable leadership to the district through many changes in education. We are forever grateful for his volunteer service."

Interested persons should send a letter of interest, resume and list of three references with contact information (no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 23) to Sandy U'Ren, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Directors, Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors, P. O. Box 200, Battle Ground, WA  98604, or by e-mail to uren.sandy@battlegroundps.org. Applicants, please include your full name and physical address (including ZIP Code), and an email address and telephone number where you can be contacted during the day.

*Should a board member rescind his or her letter of resignation before the designated resignation date, the search for a new director will be terminated.

Spanning 273 square miles, Battle Ground Public Schools is one of the largest and most diverse geographic districts in the state serving a population of approximately 72,000 residents. The district supports 12,500 students in 18 schools, including seven primary schools, six middle schools, one 3-12 academy, two comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, and one home school support program.

Superintendent Mark Ross visits 2nd grade teacher Katherine Simko’s class at Maple Grove Primary School. Battle Ground’s K-4 students started hybrid learning this week, with students in grades 5-8 slated to return Feb. 22.
Superintendent Mark Ross visits 2nd grade teacher Katherine Simko’s class at Maple Grove Primary School. Battle Ground’s K-4 students started hybrid learning this week, with students in grades 5-8 slated to return Feb. 22.
Battle Ground Public Schools preparing for middle school hybrid learning Feb. 22 - 02/03/21

Battle Ground Public Schools is preparing to bring middle school students into the classroom for hybrid learning beginning the week of Feb. 22. Clark County Public Health announced this week that COVID-19 activity has dropped to the moderate level in the county. In accordance with the state metrics, school districts can bring middle school students into buildings for in-person learning when the COVID-19 activity level falls within the moderate level. 

“It has been wonderful to see our primary students back in school this week,” said Superintendent Mark Ross. “The joy and excitement students bring to our buildings makes all the difference in our days, and we are looking forward to that same experience with our middle school students returning soon.”

Battle Ground kindergartners have been attending school in-person since early November. The hybrid learning model was expanded this week to include all primary students (grades K-4). Fifth graders will attend an orientation the week of Feb. 15 to help them get acclimated to their new schools before transitioning to in-person, and hybrid learning for all middle school students will begin the following week. 

The district will follow state health guidelines for safety and cleaning protocols, including for attestation, physical distancing, the wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, and cleaning. Face masks are required for all staff and students per the Washington State Department of Health, except under special circumstances such as a developmental or health diagnosis. Students will be permitted to remove masks to eat meals and during physically-distanced outdoor activities.

To accommodate physical distancing during in-person learning, students have been divided into two groups. All students will have two days each week of direct instruction, with Group A meeting in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Group B students attending on campus on Thursdays and Fridays. The remaining three days, students will continue independent learning at home. During independent learning time, teachers will provide assignments for students to continue working on at home. 

“The health and safety of students and district staff is our first priority as we move towards welcoming more students back into our buildings,” said Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters.  “We are committed to doing this safely and we will adjust, adapt and change as need be to ensure that it happens.”