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Community Invited to Preview Designs for Two New Kelso Schools - 10/18/18

The Kelso School District community is invited to preview the initial designs for two of the three new schools being built thanks to the voter-approved bond in February. Schematics of the new schools at Lexington and Wallace will be up in the Kelso High School Commons on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for viewing and discussion.

The designs are the result of many hours of research and community input from multiple committees. An Educational Specifications Committee worked together to determine needs for each school and tour other elementary schools in the Washington and Oregon for ideas and best practices. Then a Design Advisory Committee refined ideas and worked with architects to conceptualize plans.

In addition to a station for each of the two schools, a safety and security station will also be available at the open house for community input.

Team members from Integrus Architecture, FORMA Construction Company, and Kelso School District will be leading discussions at each station and on-hand to answer questions and record community comments.

Attached Media Files: Lexington site plan , Wallace site plan
reception invite
reception invite
Public Invited to Attend Reception for Long-Time Public Educator, Bob Lucas (Photo) - 10/16/18

The community is invited to join a celebration for Bob Lucas as he retires from Kelso School District School Board. Bob originally became a Kelso School District Board Member in the 1980’s when Carrolls School District consolidated with the Kelso. He later became a teacher and spent 14 of his 17 years as a teacher in the Kelso School District.  Bob then rejoined the Board of Directors in 2011 and has served as a member, vice president and, most recently, president.

The community is welcome to attend the reception at Kelso High School in the library on Wednesday, October 31st from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Comments will begin at 2:00 pm.

Attached Media Files: reception invite
Peyton's campaign poster
Peyton's campaign poster
MEDIA ALERT: Beacon Hill Elementary Students Campaign for Student Council Seats (Photo) - 10/15/18

Photo Op: 5th grade students giving campaign speeches to entire student body



More than a dozen 5th graders at Beacon Hill Elementary are campaigning for one of six seats on the new Student Council at the school this week. The nominees will be giving a two-minute speech to the entire student body stating the position on the council they’re running for, a need they see at the school and what they propose to do about it, and why they should be elected.

Platforms students are running on include recycling, anti-bullying, food drives, fundraising for children's hospitals, and starting a "green day" on Fridays for students to pick up any trash they see.



Wednesday, October 17
1:10 pm



Beacon Hill Elementary
257 Alpha Dr. 
Longview, WA 98632



Learning about leadership is important, and teacher Laura Cain was “looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of these students, and to help them make a difference in the lives of others, as well.”



Voting will happen after all speeches are given at the 1:10 assembly and officers will be announced Thursday morning. The first council meeting will be October 29. 

Kelso School District Statement About Cougar Sighting - 10/12/18

Yesterday, a cougar was sighted around 3:30 pm near Coweeman Middle School and Kelso High School. Kelso Police Department, with assistance from Washington State Fish and Wildlife, set up a perimeter from Brookhollow Mobile Home Park (just east of Coweeman) to Kelso High School to ensure the safety of students and parents/guardians. As a result, the Coweeman Middle School football game was canceled. Kelso High School activities were delayed until deemed safe.

As of this morning the cougar had not been located.

The Coweeman Middle School / Kelso High School grounds are home to over 2200 students daily, as well as many after school community organizations. Many community members and participants walk to and from our school facilities. It is important for these families and students to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Please remind our children a cougar is not a house cat and should not be approached.

Kelso School District is making it a priority to educate our children about the precautions of this situation. All outside classes, activities, and athletics are implementing safeguards to maximize the safety of our children and staff members.

For information and guidelines regarding what to do if you see a cougar, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Kelso School Board Appoints Mike Haas to Fill Vacant Seat - 10/08/18

Mike Haas, president of Citizens for Kelso Schools and Technical Service Manager for Nippon Dynawave Packaging, was appointed at the October 8th board meeting to fill the vacant seat on the Kelso School District Board of Directors. Haas replaces Bob Lucas, whose resignation from the board was effective September 30. 

In addition to leading the citizen’s group through a successful bond and levy campaign last school year, Haas is a familiar face to the Kelso board. He sat on the board from 2001-2009, and again briefly as an interim director in 2011. During his tenure, he served as board president and vice president. 

“Mike brings a tremendous amount of past school board experience, commitment to our community through his involvement in Citizens for Kelso Schools and the Youth and Family Link board, and a strong passion for education,” said Mary Beth Tack, Kelso School District Superintendent. “We are excited to add him to our school board team and look forward to him sharing his knowledge and past experiences in construction and budgeting.”

Bob Lucas
Bob Lucas
Kelso School District Board President Bob Lucas Resigns (Photo) - 09/24/18

Kelso School District School Board President Bob Lucas submitted his letter of resignation, effective September 30, 2018. For the last seven years, he’s helped inform and guide the direction of the district as Vice President and President of the Board.

Lucas originally became a Kelso School District Board Member in the 1980’s when Carrolls School District consolidated with the Kelso. His time on the Carrolls Board and the Kelso Board is what inspired him to become a teacher. After going back to school for his MIT, he taught in La Center for 3 years before returning to Kelso to teach 5th grade at Butler Acres. He finished his 17-year teaching career out at Coweeman before rejoining the Board of Directors in 2011.

In addition to his work, Lucas showed his commitment to service by volunteering for many years as an Outdoor School instructor, CASA advocate, and volunteer Coweeman basketball coach.

“Bob Lucas exemplifies servant leadership.  He is deeply committed to our team, our students, and our community,” said Superintendent Mary Beth Tack.  “Kelso School District is a better organization because of his passion for kids and staff.  He has been a role model and mentor to so many within our district, including me.”

When asked why he’s stepping down from the Board, Lucas said, “Our kids and their families are pretty special in our lives, and I have four young grandsons who still think I’m kind of cool. I’d like to spend a lot of time with them before they realize the truth.” He and his wife, Marsha, also have plans to travel more.

Kelso Education Association (KEA) President Bob Gustin shared that “We are really going to miss Bob Lucas.  We will miss his leadership.  How can you put a price on someone who spent years in the classroom, who understands the day to day challenges that staff face and has a heart for kids?”

Board Vice President Roy Parsons will serve as Interim President until the annual election of officers in December. Applications for the vacant board position may be picked up in the Superintendent’s Office at 601 Crawford Street in Kelso. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on September 28 at the same location.  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.

Attached Media Files: Bob Lucas
Kelso School District Selects Olympia-based FORMA Construction Company to Build Elementary Schools - 09/21/18

Kelso School District has selected Olympia-based FORMA Construction Company as their General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM) to build the first two of three new elementary schools as part of the bond measure approved by voters in the February election. 

On September 11th, a committee from the district interviewed two finalists from the bidding process: FORMA and Emerick Construction. During the interview process, both companies gave presentations, reviewed a case study, and went through a question and answer session. FORMA was selected based on top scores from the interview process, having numerous GCCM jobs in Western Washington, and providing the best bid proposal.  

FORMA’s recent GCCM work building public schools includes projects in Federal Way, Centralia, Bainbridge Island, Edmonds, and Anacortes School Districts.  Also of note, FORMA has a SW Washington work crew that will be employed for Kelso’s projects. 

The Kelso School Board will vote to approve the GCCM selection at their next meeting on Monday, September 24th.