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Battle Ground Industry Fair is March 27
Battle Ground Industry Fair is March 27
Connect with local employers at the rescheduled Industry Fair March 27 (Photo) - 03/13/18

Students, families and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools' Industry Fair on Tuesday, March 27 at Battle Ground High School. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about available job opportunities.

Come to the industry fair with your current resume or arrive early to participate in a resume writing workshop. The event, sponsored by BGPS, Goodwill Job Connection, WorkSource, and Partners in Careers, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground. The resume writing workshop will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school's College and Career Center.

More than 50 employers will be in attendance to discuss employment opportunities along with working conditions and special requirements. Employers from the health science, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, human services, and transportation industries will be in attendance.

Join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School to learn about the many career opportunities in our region. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or with questions.

Architectural rendering of Battle Ground Public Schools' prototypical school design for K-4 and 5-8 campuses.
Architectural rendering of Battle Ground Public Schools' prototypical school design for K-4 and 5-8 campuses.
Battle Ground Public Schools to answer bond questions March 28 (Photo) - 03/08/18

Battle Ground Public Schools will host a Bond Information Night on March 28 to provide details and answer questions about Proposition 4, the district's school construction and renovation bond that will be on the April 24 ballot.

All members of the community are invited to the public event, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the library at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St, Vancouver.

At the event, school district administrators will present information about the bond and then answer questions. More information about the bond initiative and the Bond Information Night is available at

The district's Board of Directors voted to run the bond again after it failed to receive a required 60 percent supermajority by a little more than 200 votes on the Feb. 13 Special Election ballot.

The proposition authorizes the district to issue general obligation bonds of up to $224.9 million to replace four schools that are 40 to 60 years old; build two new schools to reduce overcrowding; replace some buildings at Prairie High School (about 40 percent of the campus); develop a site for an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) site, renovate the 300 building and gymnasium at Amboy Middle; and make other safety, technology, classroom, flooring, and recreation improvements. Security and technology upgrades would be made at all schools.

If the bond passes, the district would be eligible to receive up to $61.6 million in state matching assistance. The state allocates money from its state capital budget for the construction and repair of public buildings. To be eligible, buildings must have not received matching funds in the last 30 years. Districts can also qualify for funds for new schools based on enrollment growth.

If it passes, collections for the bond would begin in 2019. It is projected that property owners in the district will see a decrease in their total schools tax rate in 2019 compared to what they pay in 2018. Total schools tax rates increased temporarily in 2018 due to sweeping changes made by the State Legislature for school funding. Even with the new bond, it is projected that property owners' tax rates will go down by more than $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value for all school taxes in 2019 than in 2018.

Specific projects on the bond include:
The replacement of Glenwood Heights Primary and Laurin Middle schools
The replacement of Pleasant Valley Primary and Middle schools
The replacement of Prairie High School 500-900 buildings and the modernization of Career and Technical Education programs within these buildings
The renovation of Amboy Middle's gym and 300 building
Construction of a new K-4, 5-8 campus in the southeast corner of the district to address overcrowding and enrollment growth
The development of a site for an Alternative Learning Experience school on district-owned land
Safety and technology improvements in all schools
The addition of covered play areas at Maple Grove K-8, Yacolt Primary and Amboy Middle School; and recreational upgrades at District Stadium and Prairie High School.
Improvements to middle school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classrooms
Replace flooring at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools, Maple Grove, Yacolt, and district office

The bond is part of the district's Long-range Facilities Plan developed over two years by a community volunteer committee called the Facilities Improvement Team. The plan prioritizes projects into three phases based on need and eligibility for state matching assistance. This bond includes projects in the first phase of the bond plus the ALE site.

Tukes Valley kindergarten teacher Meadowlark Clark leads her class in an alphabet lesson.
Tukes Valley kindergarten teacher Meadowlark Clark leads her class in an alphabet lesson.
Kindergarten enrollment opens March 1 for Battle Ground schools (Photo) - 03/01/18

Calling the Class of 2031! Online enrollment is open for kindergartners who will attend Battle Ground Public Schools next year. Any child who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2018 is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. 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.

Full-day kindergarten will be offered at all primary schools so that students can benefit from the advantages of a developmentally appropriate, program. Parents can find out which school their child will attend by using the district's online boundary map at 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 2018-19 kindergartner online now so that you can attend a kindergarten welcome orientation at your school. Orientations will be held on the following dates and times:

Captain Strong Primary, May 24, 5-7 p.m.
Daybreak Primary, May 17, 6-7 p.m.
Glenwood Heights Primary, May 31, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Maple Grove K-8, May 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Primary, May 30, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Tukes Valley Primary, May 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Yacolt Primary, May 31, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

2018-19 School Calendar
School will begin next year on Wednesday, Aug. 29. A list of key dates for the 2018-19 school year, including breaks and holidays, is available on the district website: 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.

Preschool Options
Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners. A free drop-in program for parents and their preschoolers called 1-2-3 Grow and Learn is offered weekly at most primary schools. Prairie High School and the BGPS Community Education Department offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5 called Prairie Preschool and Tigerland Preschool. Two and three-day programs are located on the campuses of Captain Strong Primary and Yacolt 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. To register for Prairie Preschool, call (360) 885-5004. BGPS also offers preschools for children with special needs. Please contact the BGPS Special Services Department at (360) 885-5318 for more information. Information about BGPS preschool options is available on the district's preschool web page at

Online enrollment for kindergartners is now open:

Learn which school your child will attend:

Key dates for the 2018-19 school year:

Preschool options:

1-2-3 Grow and Learn: