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Kelso School District Begins Facilities Planning Process - 02/14/17

The Kelso School District is beginning to examine the long-term structural needs of the schools and related facilities. A Facilities Improvement Team has been convened to guide the process of determining how well the facilities provide adequate space, infrastructure and safety to support the best learning environment for students.

The team is made up of nearly twenty people and includes school board members, teachers, administrators, community members and members of the district's support staff. The process will be open and transparent from beginning to end. The team's meeting schedule, meeting minutes, and other information about the process can be accessed from the district website's home page or at

Community participation in this process is invited and encouraged. The district is using Thoughtexchange, an online community engagement platform, to gather input. People can register now to be included in the process by going to Those who signup will be invited to share their thoughts from February 17th through February 27th. Then they'll be invited to prioritize the ideas they like best between March 7th and March 19th. Reports and results of the community's input will be shared mid-April.

The public is also welcome to email for more information or questions relating to the process.

Karen Grafton
Karen Grafton
Kelso School Board Selects Grafton to Fill Vacant Seat (Photo) - 02/14/17

Karen Grafton was chosen to fill the vacant seat on the Kelso School District Board of Directors. The Board selected Grafton unanimously after interviewing two candidates Monday evening. The other candidate interviewed was Kuyler Devine. Both candidates have children in the Kelso School District. A third candidate, David Matney, withdrew himself from consideration on Monday morning.

Kelso School Board President Bob Lucas commented, "We are thrilled to have Karen join us on the Board and delighted to have had two highly qualified candidates to choose from. We believe Karen will help us move forward in our work to serve our students, staff and community."

Attached Media Files: Karen Grafton
Kelso School District Board Hold Interviews for Open Position on February 13 - 02/10/17

The Kelso School District Board of Directors will hold interviews on Monday, February 13, to fill the open position that is the result of Patty Wood's election to the Washington State Board of Education. Ms. Wood resigned her position on the Kelso Board at the January 9th meeting after serving since 2003.

Interviews will begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. The board will interview three candidates: Kuyler DeVine, Karen Grafton and David Matney. The board hopes to announce their selection on Wednesday, February 15.

For more information or questions relating to the process, please call the Superintendent's office at 360-501-1927.

School Board Meeting and Reception for Patty Wood Postoned - 02/06/17

The school board work session, regular meeting and reception for Patty Wood that are scheduled for tonight have been postponed and will be held on Tuesday, February 7. The reception for Ms. Wood will begin at 4:45 p.m., the board work session will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Kelso School District Board Extends Deadline to Apply for Open Position - 01/25/17

The deadline for applications for the open position on the Kelso School District Board of Directors has been extended to February 6th. The open position is the result of Patty Wood's election to the Washington State Board of Education. Ms. Wood resigned her position on the Kelso Board at the January 9th meeting after serving since 2003.

Applications for the vacant board position are available in the Superintendent's Office and are due by 5 p.m. on February 6th. The duties of a Kelso School District Board Member are stated in Policy 1220 and the key functions of the Board are stated in Policy 1005. These policies are available on the school district website at

For more information or questions relating to the process, please call Beth Grambo, Assistant to the Superintendent, at 360-501-1927.

Patty Wood
Patty Wood
Reception Honoring Former Kelso School District Board Member Patty Wood Held February 6 (Photo) - 01/25/17

The public is invited to a reception honoring Patty Wood, former Kelso School District board member. The event celebrates Ms. Wood's 13 years of service on the board, ending only because of her election to the Washington State Board of Education.

Ms. Wood began her service to Kelso School District in 2003. During her tenure, she served on several district committees, including Students Rights and Responsibilities, Math Curriculum Adoption, Outdoor School, and many others. Ms. Woods is well-known throughout the state for her knowledge of school funding and advocacy for public education with the legislature.

The reception will be held on Monday, February 6, from 4:45 -- 5:45 pm in the board room of the District Office at 601 Crawford Street.

Attached Media Files: Patty Wood