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Battle Ground School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget - 08/27/15
Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2015-16 district budget at its meeting Monday night. The district expects to receive $151.9 million in revenues for the year, an increase of 10 percent over last year's budget.

At their meeting, board members approved allocations for four main buckets: day-to-day operations, including $500,000 for the general fund reserve; student activities; debt services (bonds) and facilities projects.

The majority of the district's revenue increase ($10.3 million) will come from the state. The Washington Legislature approved additional funding for school districts around the state for salary and benefit increases, class-size reduction, full-day kindergarten and maintenance and supplies. Battle Ground Public Schools receives about 71 percent of its revenues from state funding. The district also receives federal funds, levy dollars, and money from local, non-tax sources.

Most of Battle Ground's increase in state revenues is tied to a 3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) and benefit increases that the legislature is giving to state-funded staff. The district must match the COLA and benefit increases for unfunded staff from other revenue sources. About 35 percent of Battle Ground's staff is not funded by state dollars. The COLA and benefits match for unfunded staff, about $1.4 million, reduces the amount of Battle Ground's discretionary funds to $1.5 million.

Budget enhancements from state funding include:
* Maintenance, supplies and operating costs increased by $362 to $1,210 per student for a total apportionment of $3.6 million.

* The district could receive an additional $852,000 for K-3 class size reduction if it meets reduced class-size requirements.

* The state provided a 3 percent COLA for funded staff totaling $868,000 and benefit and retirement increases totaling $948,000, also for funded staff.

* Full-day kindergarten funding for salary and benefits only at Maple Grove School totals $135,000.

* The district received an additional $2.2 million for special education and alternative learning programs.
Battle Ground Public Schools breakdown of 2015-16 estimated revenues by source
Battle Ground Public Schools breakdown of 2015-16 estimated revenues by source
BGPS School Board Schedules Public Hearings on District Budget (Photo) - 08/13/15
The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has set two hearings on the district budget for the 2015-16 school year. The hearings are open to the public, and people are invited to attend and provide input on the budget.

The hearings are scheduled for
Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. at Laurin Middle School, 13601 NE 97th Ave. in Vancouver
Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m. at Yacolt Primary School, 406 W Yacolt Rd. in Yacolt

The Washington Legislature approved additional funding for school districts around the state this year for salary and benefit increases, class-size reduction, full-day kindergarten and maintenance and supplies. Battle Ground Public Schools developed a proposed budget based on the state's allocation and presented it for discussion during a school board work session on Monday, August 10.

Besides state funds, the district also receives federal funds, levy dollars, and money from local, non-tax sources. Total revenues are estimated to be $151.9 million for 2015-16. The district divides expenditures into four main buckets: general fund (day to day operations), ASB (student activities), debt services (bonds), and capital projects (facilities).

Battle Ground Public Schools receives about 71 percent of its revenues from state funding. The proposed budget takes into account estimates that the school district will receive up to $10.3 million more this year in state funding over last year; however, the majority of the funds are tied to cost of living adjustments (COLA) and benefit increases for state-funded staff. The legislature's decision to increase the salaries of state-funded staff leaves a gap in funding. The district must match the 3 percent COLA and benefit increases for unfunded staff from other revenue sources. The match reduces the amount of discretionary funds in the budget to $1.5 million.

More information and a further breakdown of the district's budget will be provided at the budget hearings.
Battle Ground Schools Plan Welcome Back Events - 08/10/15
Battle Ground school offices reopened this week, and several schools have scheduled events to welcome students back to school. School supply lists for primary and middle schools also are available online. The first day of school for the Battle Ground Public Schools district is Wednesday, Sept. 2.

School Offices Open
School offices reopened 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday this week and full days Monday-Thursday next week. Regular school office hours resume August 24. Office hours are listed online at http://www.battlegroundps.org/home/hours

Back to School Events
Battle Ground High School -- Freshman Orientation, Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m.
CAM Academy -- Ice Cream Social, Sept. 2, 1:30-3 p.m.
Captain Strong -- Ice Cream Social, Aug. 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Chief Umtuch Middle School -- Back to School Night for 5th grade and new students, Sept. 1, 6-7:30 p.m.; and Curriculum Night for 6th-8th grades, Sept. 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
Daybreak campus -- Back to School Night, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Glenwood Heights -- Back to School Night, Aug. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Laurin Middle School -- 5th Grade Welcome Back, Aug.26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; and Curriculum Night, Sept. 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
Maple Grove School -- Back to School Night, Aug. 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Middle School -- Back to School Day, Aug. 27, 1-5 p.m.
Pleasant Valley Primary School -- Back to School Night, Aug. 26, 5-7 p.m.
Tukes Valley campus -- Back to School Night, Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Yacolt Primary -- Ice Cream Social and Curriculum Night, Aug. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

School Supply Lists
You can print the school supply list for your child's primary or middle school from the BGPS website: http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/schoolsupplylist
Battle Ground, Prairie High Schools Seek Swimmers for New Program - 08/06/15
Battle Ground Public Schools is debuting a new high school swim program for students at both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. The boys' and girls' swim teams will practice at the Clark County Family YMCA in Vancouver under the leadership of Dan Kirkland, an experienced swim coach and Masters competitive swimmer.

Battle Ground Public Schools has a new agreement with the YMCA to let swimmers from both high schools practice on weeknights in the lap pool at the facility near NE Gher Road and State Route 500. Athletes from both schools will practice together under one coach, but will compete in their school's Greater St. Helens league: 4A for Battle Ground and 3A for Prairie.

A girls team is forming now and will compete in the fall. Athletes must be cleared in the ASB office at their high school before girls' team practices begin August 24. An informational meeting will be held prior to the start of the girls' season; information will be available on the high school websites. A boys team will compete in the winter. Students from both high schools swam competitively in previous years, but they did so as a cooperative team with Camas, which required them to travel to the neighboring town in the wee hours of the morning.

"We are excited that we can bring our swimmers closer to home and support them with a coach of Kirkland's caliber," said Prairie athletic director and assistant principal Andy Schoonover. "We look forward to seeing the programs grow."

The district has tapped Kirkland, a retired U.S. Air Force and Continental Airlines pilot, to coach the girls' and boys' swim teams. Coach Kirkland said he has high expectations for the program and is looking forward to working with students who are interested in competitive swimming. Kirkland has coached both men's and women's NCAA swim teams for the Air Force Academy, as well as youth recreational swim teams and his daughter's high school swim team.

For the last seven years Kirkland has been swimming as a U.S. Masters swimmer, setting national and world records among elite Masters swimmers in his age group. In 2014 he was named U.S. Masters male swimmer of the year in his age group. In college he swam for the University of Idaho, was a swim team captain and conference champion.

Kirkland has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Idaho and a master's degree in education systems management from Chapman College.