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Evergreen Public Schools to welcome nearly 27,000 students to school on September 3 - 08/29/14
Vancouver, WA: When students start the 2014-15 school year at Evergreen Public Schools on Wednesday, September 3, they will see plenty of new additions including:

* A new Crestline Elementary School, rebuilt from the ground up after a February 2013 fire;
* Four new Family and Community Resource Centers at Burton, Crestline, Marrion and Orchards Elementary Schools, joining the one year old center at Silver Star;
* Expanded Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade programs at Crestline, Hearthwood and Orchards Elementary Schools; and
* Two new buildings at the Clark County Skills Center for the Aviation, Homeland Security and Cosmetology programs.

In addition, many schools have received lighting and heating/cooling upgrades and retrofits for increased energy efficiency; and several schools have had substantial improvements in play and sports fields.

Staff also spent the summer in various professional development endeavors including preparing new courses that include the first-ever Epidemiology program at HeLa Health and Bioscience High School (which will also have three grade levels this year freshman-junior); preparing proposals for a 1:1 student/device pilot program; and ramping up for the new computerized state-mandated Smarter Balanced tests.

The Transportation Department has spent the summer doing routine maintenance on the entire bus fleet, which passed, with 100 percent, Washington State Patrol safety inspections. School lunch prices remain the same, with increased healthy choices in lunch offerings as well as in the high school student stores. Lunch menus are posted on the district web site (www.evergreenps.org) and on the school web sites.

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fourth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.
Crestline Elementary ribbon-cutting on August 27; Governor Jay Inslee to speak - 08/22/14
Vancouver, WA: Evergreen Public Schools will hold the official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt Crestline Elementary at 11:00 on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Governor Jay Inslee and City of Vancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt will join Evergreen School Board members, staff, students and community members in opening the school at 13003 SE 7th Street in Vancouver.

The original elementary, opened in 1973, burned to the ground in February of 2013. Students were moved to five different elementary schools in Evergreen to finish the 2012-13 school year. Donations poured in from around the country to help get students and staff needed supplies. Shortly after that event, Governor Jay Inslee visited the site and talked with students, staff and community members.

In the fall of 2013, students and staff reunited at the former Hewlett-Packard site, owned by SEH American, for the 2013-14 school year.

Meanwhile, Evergreen district officials, with the help of other agencies, were able to fast-track the rebuilding of a new, larger, modern school on the original site, shaving 7 months off the "normal" school construction process. This was accomplished through streamlined permitting, using a similar design to other schools recently opened in the district, and a condensed bidding process to obtain a contractor familiar with school buildings. The school will be ready to go on the first day of school, September 3.

The school reopens with nearly 20,000 more square feet than the original building, incorporating classrooms previously housed in portables, providing additional space for Early Childhood classrooms for at-risk pre-Kindergarten students, and a Community and Family Resource Center.

Community members are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting and dedication, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on August 27. Tours will be given immediately after the ceremony.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. Media parking and access to the gym/commons areas will be on the west side of the building (adjacent to the gym). Both the parking area, as well as space inside the gym/commons area, will be marked off for Media only.
August 20-Crestline teachers set up classrooms with Starbucks volunteers - 08/13/14
On August 20, Crestline teachers and staff will get help from local Starbucks employees as they set up their classrooms in the newly completed elementary school. The school, at 13003 SE 7th Street in Vancouver, burned to the ground in February of 2013. Working with local and state officials to accelerate the normal building process, Evergreen Public Schools will open the new school on the same site for students on September 3.

Local Starbucks stores have been supportive of the school from the time of the fire through the rebuilding process. Employees offered to help teachers with the big task of unpacking and setting up classrooms in advance of the school's August 27 community ribbon cutting ceremony, and the September 3 start of school.

MEDIA/PHOTO OP: Check-in at the front of the school (13003 SE 7th Street, Vancouver, WA 98683) between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for fact sheet, tour information and information on staff/volunteers available for interviews.
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Evergreen Public Schools administrator named Administrator of the Year (Photo) - 08/05/14
At today's state conference for the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education, Evergreen Public Schools College, Career and technical Education Director Susan Dixon was honored as "Administrator of the Year."

Dixon says her experience working in school districts in conjunction with her experience in health care environment has helped her develop her own leadership style - one she calls being a "servant leader." During her 14 years at Evergreen Public Schools, Dixon has been both a servant and a leader - serving the educational needs of EPS students and leading the district's college, career and technical education (CCTE) instructors.

About Evergreen Public Schools CCTE program:

College, Career and Technical Education is a high school program of courses that provides rigorous academic engagement, exploration of career pathways, and development of 21st century skills. These rich learning experiences include laboratory activities, work site experiences, simulations, competitive events and career planning.

College, Career and Technical Education provides opportunities for students to have authentic experiences while planning and preparing for their post-secondary choices in college, vocational-technical school, apprenticeships, the military or the workforce.

http://www.evergreenps.org/SchoolInfo/Pages/CareerTechEd.aspx

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Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fourth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.
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