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School board candidate interviews scheduled for Jan. 28 - 01/15/15
The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors will interview six candidates on Wednesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 3 p.m., for the position recently vacated by retiring Board member Mari Greves.

Board members will interview all six applicants on Jan. 28 and select one candidate to serve the remainder of Greves' term until the next general election in November 2015.

Candidates are Katy Belokonny, Peter John Harrison, Heather Lindberg, Jill Nelson, Heidi Rosenberg and Nada Wheelock. Each applicant submitted a letter of interest responding to two questions. A synopsis of their professional and volunteer experience is included with this release.

Candidate bios

Katy Belokonny
* Member of CTRAN's Development and Public affairs team
* Serves on the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee, Camas/Washougal Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver's Downtown Association, Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, American Public Transportation Association and Washington State Transit Association
* Holds a degree in communication from Washington State University

Peter John Harrison
* Computer scientist, biologist, chemist and professional writer
* Volunteer for congressional candidate Bob Dingethal's 2014 campaign and for Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
* Prior volunteer experience includes working as a CPR and first aid instructor and as a Red Cross disaster action team member
* Holds degrees in biology from Washington State University and computer science from Coleman College

Heather Lindberg
* Current president of the Vancouver PTA Council
* Region 3 legislative chair for the Washington state PTA
* Active volunteer in schools and independently
* Holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and a master's degree in teaching from City University

Jill Nelson
* Founder/CEO of INUS Group
* Served on boards of nonprofits including the Broward County LGBT Youth Group, A. Austin Amerine Retreat Center, Salem Rainbow Youth and Portland Area Businesses Association
* Chair of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Pacific region of the LGBT Chambers of Commerce and Business and Organizations
* Holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of South Dakota and Drake University and a master's degree in divinity from the Saint Paul School of Theology

Heidi Rosenberg
* Clark County public sector career includes positions focused on capital facility planning, community development and capital project design and construction for the Port of Vancouver, C-TRAN, Vancouver Public Schools and Camas School District
* Current capital program manager at Clark Regional Wastewater District.
* Former volunteer board member for the city of Camas Sister Cities Organization, Affordable Community Environments and YWCA of Clark County
* Volunteered for Vancouver Public Schools and the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools

Nada Wheelock
* Works with the SPOON Foundation to provide board development and volunteer program strategy
* Serves on the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools' board of directors and marketing and development and mentoring committees
* Volunteering includes participating in district PTA and Booster Clubs, serving as a Lunch Buddy, co-funding the Tuck Nonprofit Fund, serving on the CampFire board of directors, consulting for Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center and serving as an adult literacy tutor and Big Sister mentor
Candidate interviews scheduled for vacant school board position - 01/13/15
Interviews for the vacant position on the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Six candidates submitted applications for board position 5, currently held by director Mari Greves. Greves announced her retirement in December. Her last board meeting is Jan. 13.

Board members will interview all six applicants and select one candidate to serve the remainder of Greves' term until the next general election in November 2015. They plan to appoint the new board member at the Jan. 27 school board meeting.

The candidates are Katy Belokonny, Peter John Harrison, Heather Lindberg, Jill Nelson, Heidi Rosenberg and Nada Wheelock. Each applicant submitted a letter of interest responding to two questions. A synopsis of their professional and volunteer experience is included at the end of this release.

Greves has served on the board since 1995. A reception in her honor is set for Jan. 23, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. The public is invited to attend.

Candidate bios

Katy Belokonny
* Member of CTRAN's Development and Public affairs team
* Serves on the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee, Camas/Washougal Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver's Downtown Association, Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, American Public Transportation Association and Washington State Transit Association
* Holds a degree in communication from Washington State University

Peter John Harrison
* Computer scientist, biologist, chemist and professional writer
* Volunteer for congressional candidate Bob Dingethal's 2014 campaign and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
* Prior volunteer experience includes working as a CPR and first aid instructor and as a Red Cross disaster action team member
* Holds degrees in biology from Washington State University and computer science from Coleman College

Heather Lindberg
* Current president of the Vancouver PTA Council
* Region 3 legislative chair for the Washington state PTA
* Active volunteer in schools and independently
* Holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and master's degree in teaching from City University

Jill Nelson
* Founder/CEO of INUS Group
* Served on boards of nonprofits including the Broward County LGBT Youth Group, A. Austin Amerine Retreat Center, Salem Rainbow Youth and Portland Area Businesses Association
* Chair of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Pacific region of the LGBT Chambers of Commerce and Business and Organizations
* Holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of South Dakota and Drake University and a master's degree in divinity from the Saint Paul School of Theology

Heidi Rosenberg
* Clark County public sector career includes positions focused on capital facility planning, community development and capital project design and construction for the Port of Vancouver, C-TRAN, Vancouver Public Schools and Camas School District
* Current capital program manager at Clark Regional Wastewater District.
* Former volunteer board member for the city of Camas Sister Cities Organization, Affordable Community Environments and YWCA of Clark County
* Volunteered for Vancouver Public Schools and the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools

Nada Wheelock
* Works with the SPOON Foundation to provide board development and volunteer program strategy
* Serves on the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools' board of directors and marketing and development and mentoring committees
* Volunteering includes participating in district PTA and Booster Clubs, serving as a Lunch Buddy, co-funding the Tuck Nonprofit Fund, serving on the CampFire board of directors, consulting for Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center and serving as an adult literacy tutor and Big Sister mentor
Apply for Vancouver Public Schools' secondary magnet programs and programs of choice beginning Jan. 12 - 01/05/15
Secondary students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of magnet programs, full-day programs which feature a unique theme as a focus for the curriculum across all content areas, and programs of choice, half-day programs that provide a concentrated focus in a particular area. These programs are designed to help students explore their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. Current sixth- through 11th-graders may apply for any of the following programs that serve their grade level. Enrollment will begin with the 2015-16 school year.

Enrollment in magnet programs and programs of choice is free, but students must apply for admission. Applications should be submitted at www.vansd.org between Monday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. and the deadline for each program noted below. The link to the online application will appear in the "Events" section of the home page on Jan. 12. Admission is based on qualifications, not order in which the application is received. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Students who live within Vancouver Public Schools' boundaries will be given priority over students from other districts. Transportation is provided for in-district students.

Acceptance letters will be mailed on Friday, March 13. Students who are not accepted to a program may be placed on a waiting list.

Parents and prospective students can learn more about the following programs by visiting www.vansd.org, attending an open house or contacting the school.

International Baccalaureate at Columbia River High School (grades 9-12)
International Baccalaureate is a worldwide honors program with an internationally designed curriculum stressing the importance of expertise in all academic areas and helping students develop critical thinking and research skills that will facilitate their success both in college and within the larger global society.

Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 9, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Monday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia River High School, 800 NW 99th St., Vancouver, WA 98665

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (grades 6-12)
VSAA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the arts--visual arts, dance, literary arts, moving image arts, music and theater--and rigorous academics.

Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 9, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at VSAA, 3101 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663

Vancouver iTech Preparatory (grades 6-12)
This school features a project-based comprehensive program for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The middle school is located at the Jim Parsley Community Center, and the high school is located at the Clark College Building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Parsley Community Center, 4100 Plomondon St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Vancouver Flex Academy at Lewis and Clark High School (grades 9-12)
Vancouver Flex Academy blends online education on individual student laptops with student-created schedules, face-to-face instruction from teachers and small group work.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Thursday, Feb. 12 or Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Vancouver Flex Academy, 2901 General Anderson Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661

Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies
The Center for International Studies will develop students' global competence by asking them to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate their ideas and take action to make a difference in the community and the world.

No application is required. All students who attend Fort Vancouver High School beginning with the 2015-16 school year will participate in the program.

Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Medical Arts at Fort Vancouver High School (grades 9-12)
The Medical Arts magnet introduces students to the expanding field of health care, with a curriculum rooted in health, wellness, science, math, technology and medicine.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Culinary Arts at Fort Vancouver High School (grades 10-12)
Hands-on opportunities in catering, restaurant management and food service offer Culinary Arts students real-world job experience while developing leadership and job skills.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Welding/Fabrication Technology at Fort Vancouver High School (grades 10-12)
The Welding/Fabrication Technology program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills to pursue machining, welding and related career fields.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661

Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services at Hudson's Bay High School (grades 9-12)
The ACES magnet offers a unique, hands-on experience for students who are interested in horticulture, natural resources, ecology, architecture and related fields.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Hudson's Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663

Science, Mathematics and Technology at Skyview High School (grades 9-12)
The SMT program challenges students with rigorous science, math and technology content, asking them to solve difficult problems using a hands-on approach.

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, at 10 p.m.

Open house: Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver, WA 98685
Student musicians' gifts on display in VPS' High Schools' Got Talent - 01/05/15
On Friday, Jan. 16, some of Vancouver Public Schools' most musically gifted students will take the stage for an "America's Got Talent"-style showcase. Vancouver School of Arts and Academics' Tri-M Music Honor Society is sponsoring the event.

VPS' High Schools' Got Talent
Friday, Jan. 16
7 p.m. (show will run approximately 90 minutes with an intermission)
Suggested donation: $5
Vancouver School of Arts Academics
3101 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663 (parking lot at 31st and F streets)

This event is open to the public. All proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington's Angela Svendsen Memorial Music Scholarship.
Community invited to visit Vancouver iTech Preparatory - 12/30/14
On Friday, Jan. 23, Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb will host a free patron tour for the community. The tour will provide an in-depth look at the dynamic learning opportunities at Vancouver iTech Preparatory, a sixth- through 12th-grade school focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

The tour offers a chance to see how iTech Prep combines STEM and the liberal arts by integrating art and design principles into students' research and learning. Visitors also will discover the technology-rich environment in which iTech Prep's project-, problem- and practice-based learning takes place. Finally, they'll hear how partnerships with businesses and opportunities to earn college credit enhance iTech Prep students' preparedness for higher education and employment.

Tour-goers will visit both the middle school campus, located at the Jim Parsley Education, Family and Community Center, and the high school campus, located at Washington State University Vancouver. Transportation will be provided between campuses.

The tour will begin and end at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. After visiting iTech Prep, guests have the option of enjoying a student musical performance and a delicious lunch prepared by culinary arts students. Lunch is available for $4 per person.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Visit www.vansd.org/PatronTours or contact Sue Knable at 360-313-4720 to sign up.