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Battle Ground High School junior Taylor Harpe, recipient of the 2018 Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship
Battle Ground High School junior Taylor Harpe, recipient of the 2018 Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship
Battle Ground AFJROTC cadet earns flight scholarship (Photo) - 01/16/18

Battle Ground High School junior Taylor Harpe was recently named as a recipient of the 2018 Air Force Chief of Staff Flight Academy Private Pilot Scholarship. Harpe is in his third year as an Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadet, is the captain of the air rifle team, and is one of the group's squadron commanders.

The Air Force is investing $2.4 million to teach 120 of its JROTC cadets how to fly. This is the first such scholarship and Harpe was one of 620-plus applicants from across nearly 900 AFJROTC units in the country who competed for the honor. Recipients of the newly launched AFJROTC Flight Academy will complete classes this summer at one of six partner universities, with each course lasting between seven and nine weeks.

The application process required an intensive aviation knowledge exam, endorsements from teachers and counselors, and a physical fitness assessment. There were six cadets from BGHS who applied for the scholarship.

"We are very proud of all the cadets who competed for this coveted scholarship," said Lieutenant Colonel Andy Woodrow, senior aerospace science instructor at Battle Ground High School. "While Cadet Harpe will not necessarily become a military pilot when he finishes high school and there is no military commitment after finishing the program, this is the first step in discovering flight and possibly earning his private pilot's license by the end of the summer."

According to Brigadier General Michael Koscheski, director of the Air Force Aircrew Task Force, the flight training experience will have a positive impact on the overall national crisis of pilot shortages in the military and civil aviation. The program is designed to select cadets who are potentially interested in an aviation career and expose them to flying operations as well as programs and infrastructures around aviation.

More information about the AFJROTC program can be found at http://bghs.battlegroundps.org/air-force-jrotc

Designs for Battle Ground's new schools will be based on the district's prototypical school design
Designs for Battle Ground's new schools will be based on the district's prototypical school design
Battle Ground Public Schools to host Bond Information Night and Community Input Forums (Photo) - 12/26/17

Battle Ground Public Schools will host three events to provide details, answer questions and receive input from the community about projects included in Proposition 3, the district's school construction and renovation bond that will be on the February 13, 2018 ballot.

The first event will be a Bond Information Night on Wednesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Maple Grove K-8 in Battle Ground. At this event, school district administrators will present information about the bond and answer questions.

The remaining events will be Community Input Forums where the public is invited to drop in anytime during the event. Representatives from LSW Architects will attend the forums, where stations will be set up for each of the individual proposed projects. Participants will be able to get information, ask questions, and provide input regarding the plans and features of the proposed projects.

All members of the community are invited to these public events, which will be held:

Bond Information Night: January 10 at Maple Grove K-8, 6:00 p.m.
Community Input Forum: January 17 at Laurin Middle School, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Community Input Forum: January 23 at Amboy Middle School, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

If approved, the bond projects would be eligible for up to $61.6 million in matching funds from the state for construction assistance. The local cost of the bond is $224.9 million, and collections would begin in 2019. It is estimated that property owners in the district will see a decrease in their total schools tax rate in 2019 compared to what they pay in 2017. It is projected that property owners will pay two cents less per $1,000 of assessed property value for all school taxes in 2019 than in 2017.


More information about the bond initiative is available at www.battlegroundps.org/bond.