Hood River County Library District welcomes everyone — kids, teens, and adults — to participate in the libraries’ special reading programs this summer. Prizes will be given out to those who reach their goals.
Students at Horizon Christian School tackled a topic that touches the lives of Columbia Gorge residents and beyond — unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known to many as drones.
Families, Movies in the Park programs need financial help
Hood River Community Education will be asking its sponsors who have supported the popular Movies in the Park and Families in the Park entertainment series in past years to give a little bit more this summer to ensure these events will have enough funding to survive.
Volunteers are needed by the Start Making A Reader Today literacy program in Hood River County.
Unit 20, Oregon Retired Teachers from Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties, has selected Maggie Edwards, from Dee, as its scholarship recipient for this year. Edwards will be a senior at Western Oregon University, majoring in early childhood/elementary education.
The Hood River Education Foundation administers three separate scholarships for Hood River County students that are currently enrolled in college.
This is a big week for hundreds of local students, as the Class of 2013 receives diplomas in commencement ceremonies at Hood River Valley High School (7:30 p.m. Friday) and Horizon Christian School (Saturday at 2 p.m.) in the Mark Boyden Gymnasium.
Families will gather in celebration Friday and Saturday for 2013 Commencement events. Hood River Valley High School holds its ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Henderson Stadium, and Horizon Christian School hands out diplomas Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mark Boyden Gymnasium.
Restore lost positions and programs, or balance the budget?
What will be the answer to the $800,000 question in 2013-14 for Hood River County School District? In recommending a $50 million budget for next year on Monday, the district budget committee attempted to answer that question. The budget, with $1.4 million in cuts to the general fund, involving the loss of a total of 14 district positions, next goes to the school board for adoption by June 26. Under the new budget, the district will continue to levy the full $1.25 amount allowed under the Local Option levy, approved by voters two years ago. The Local Option levy has been $1.25 annually for the past five years.
Budget committee meets Monday; June 6 is the day district will list expected job cuts
Budget decisions are coming down to the deadline, and Monday night will be decision time for the Hood River County School District Budget Committee. Monday’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School library, and public comment will be taken.
Nick Hogan has established roots in Hood River in his 10 years with Hood River County School District and hopes to remain in the community. Hogan announced his resignation this week as finance director of the school district, following a spring in which he weathered criticism over his handling of district finances. “I have come to truly love this community and it’s my hope to explore other opportunities to remain here,” said Hogan.
$20,000 needed by June 10 or funding could be lost
This summer the popular youth tennis program run by Community Education will be taking place across the river in White Salmon, Wash., while Hood River’s courts on May Street are being renovated.
School district budget committee hears pleas to fund program in 2013-14
The next school year will have a linoleum budget for Hood River County School District. Basic carpeting might be available later. “You are looking at a budget that is the floor,” Supt. Charlie Beck told the district budget committee Monday in its meeting at Hood River Valley High School.
Last Saturday, the Hood River Valley High School had its 2013 Prom at The Dalles Discovery Center. James Bond was the theme of the event, with dice centerpieces, silhouette decorations, and “you’re the bomb” decorated Rolos. With elements such as a chocolate fountain and photo booth, the HRVHS Prom was considered a success.
Hood River County School District received a well-timed windfall on Monday. The district learned over the weekend that it will receive an additional, and unexpected, $2.1 million in state school support funding over the next two school years.
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