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Location for downtown elementary school identified - 01/16/18

Vancouver Public Schools has identified a location for its planned downtown elementary school. The location, known as Library Square, is a vacant property at C Street and East 8th Street adjacent to the Vancouver Community Library.

The new elementary school will serve students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is one of the projects included in the bond measure approved by voters in February 2017.

Vancouver company Killian Pacific, which owns the property, has signed a letter of understanding with VPS to transfer a portion of the property for development as an elementary school. Killian Pacific has contributed a significant portion of the purchase price of the property as a public benefit.

VPS, the City of Vancouver and Killian Pacific are working together to master plan the entire parcel with the goal of adding greater vibrancy and community assets to the downtown area.

"We are excited about the school district's plans to locate a K-5 school on the Library Square site which will help serve downtown's growing residential population. The project creates opportunities for collaboration among the library, downtown businesses and community partners," said Chad Eiken, the city's director of community and economic development.

The district will pursue due diligence on the property for construction purposes. The school is planned to open in the fall of 2021.

Open house offers a preview of architectural designs for the new Marshall Elementary, McLoughlin Middle School and Lieser Campus - 01/11/18

The public is invited to preview the preliminary architectural designs of Marshall Elementary, McLoughlin Middle School and Lieser Campus at an open house on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet the planning teams, ask questions and provide feedback. The event will be held in the Marshall Elementary media center, 6400 MacArthur Blvd.

The planning teams for Marshall and McLoughlin have developed a unique design, which takes inspiration from the community symposiums held last year. At the symposiums, approximately 60 staff members, parents, students, partners and community members from each school imagined what their new schools could be.

The resulting unique design emphasizes the value of community by connecting Marshall and McLoughlin with a common wall. The schools will share a family-community resource center, a kitchen and mechanical systems. However, each school will have separate drop-off areas, entrances, outdoor activity areas and learning and common spaces.

Lieser Campus will be relocated to a remodeled Marshall Elementary School.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. Students will continue to attend classes in their current buildings while the replacement schools are built. All of the projects are anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2020.

Funding for these projects comes from a bond measure passed by voters in February 2017. More information about the projects covered by the bond can be found on the district's website at http://vansd.org/reschools/.

Apply now for Vancouver Public Schools' specialized programs - 01/11/18

Vancouver students can participate in full-day magnet programs and half-day programs of choice that help them explore their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. The district offers the following:

Careers in Education (grades 10-12)
Vancouver Flex Academy (grades 9-12)
Welding/Fabrication Technology (grades 10-12)
Culinary Arts (grades 10-12)
International Baccalaureate (grades 9-12)
Medical Arts (grades 9-12)
Vancouver iTech Preparatory (grades 6-12)
Fort Vancouver Center for International Studies (grades 9-12, no application required)
Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services (grades 9-12)
Science, Math and Technology Magnet (grades 9-12)
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (grades 6-12)

Enrollment in magnet programs and programs of choice is free, but current students not in a program must apply for admission to programs that serve the grade they will be in the following year. Applications should be submitted at https://vancouver.schoolmint.net. Enrollment will begin with the 2018-19 school year.

Parents and prospective students can learn more about the programs by attending open houses or contacting a program coordinator.
Visit http://vansd.org/act-now-to-enroll-in-specialized-program for program descriptions, coordinator contact information, application deadlines and open house dates.

Washougal Superintendent Michael Stromme to return to Vancouver Public Schools - 01/09/18

Vancouver Public Schools announced today that Dr. Michael Stromme, the superintendent of Washougal School District since July 2015, plans to rejoin the VPS executive team as associate superintendent for administrative services. The job change is effective July 2018 and is subject to formal approval by the VPS board of directors.

As associate superintendent for VPS, Stromme will oversee divisions responsible for K-12 school operations, academic programs, career and technical education, instructional technology, and special services. He also will provide leadership in completing $563 million of school construction and renovation projects, which are being funded by bond proceeds, a state grant for class-size reduction, and state construction assistance funds.

In Washougal, Stromme led a school construction program, completing capital projects totaling $60 million. Additionally, he was responsible for all aspects of district operations and organizational planning processes. Major accomplishments during Stromme's tenure included voter approval of a levy for maintenance and operations, necessary revisions to school attendance boundaries, and collective bargaining agreements with employee associations.

"We're delighted to welcome Dr. Stromme back to serve in the number two executive position," said Dr. Steven Webb, superintendent of VPS. "His demonstrated leadership experience in planning and overseeing school construction projects brings additional capacity to our team as we fulfill our commitment to provide future-ready learning environments for all VPS students."

Stromme previously dedicated 21 years of his career to VPS as a classroom teacher, associate principal/athletic director, principal, planning administrator, chief of secondary education, associate superintendent/chief information officer, and associate superintendent for teaching and learning. He also was associate superintendent for instructional services and technology at Educational Service District 112, and he was interim superintendent at Green Mountain School District.

He has been involved in the community as president of the board of directors for the Children's Center, board member for Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and co-chair of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award program. In 1999, he received the Gen. George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award. Stromme also has served as a board member for the Washington Association of School Administrators.