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District-wide bulb replacement to save on utility costs

Draft form of MVSD 244 gun policy available for review

GRANGEVILLE – At the July 18 Mountain View School District 244 meeting, board trustee Mike Dominguez of Kooskia reported he had had several people read the gun policy he had drafted, including four former teachers, two current teachers and a county commissioner.

“I haven’t had anyone interested in being on a steering committee to go over it per se,” he said.

He plans to bring the corrected policy to the next meeting for board members to read.

Anyone who would like to read the draft policy Dominguez has prepared is invited to contact him: 926-0932; e-mail:

— “The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez.

Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting.

Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”

He said in the district office alone there are 160 bulbs to replace. The new bulbs are 50,000-hour bulbs and a rough calibration, Rodriguez said, has the bulbs lasting about 30 years. The bulb replacement comes to the district at zero-cost through Avista Utilities’ energy savings program and also reimburses the district for its labor costs to replace the bulbs.

The paving of the parking lots by Knife River at Grangeville and Clearwater Valley high schools was also discussed.

“We want it done right and we want it to last,” explained trustee Lot Smith of Grangeville. He said some of the areas had to be re-dug and another base of crushed rock had to be put in. This is expected to elevate the costs somewhat.

“We let them know we do not like surprises, but they are a reputable company and will do what’s right,” Smith added. The new parking lots have a life expectancy of about 20 years.

Rodriguez also reported a variety of summer maintenance projects are being completed, including the painting of classrooms at all the schools, carpeting in designated areas, automated flushers at bathrooms at Clearwater Valley Elementary School in Kooskia, and the creation of a conference room within the library, also at CVES.

Grangeville High School Principal Steve Higgins reported that Philip Golde, a first-year-teacher from Minnesota, has been hired to replace Grangeville music educator Kathy Stefani.

“I am counting on this community to rally behind him and support him,” Higgins said. “It’s not easy to step in and fill the shoes of Kathy Stefani and what she did for the music program.”

He also reported three soccer coaches were hired for the newly formed boys and girls soccer teams. They will split three stipends between them. He also said the soccer schedules are being set and limited number of games are currently available.

“The teams will not be eligible for district or state play this year as we start,” he added, saying GHS is in the process of purchasing goals, uniforms and balls and working out the practice schedules as not to conflict with football.

Grangeville Elementary School Principal Susan Anderson reported the GEMS music room has been restored to its full size.

“A portion had been walled off for storage and it was too cramped,” she said. “It’s nice to have a larger area again.”

Patron Dieidre King of Grangeville approached the board with questions on what will be occurring at the 406 Court Street property adjacent to GEMS. She is a neighbor to that lot.

The district purchased the property for $40,000 and it closed on April 20.

“Plans are to clean it up and eventually use it for more parking,” Smith answered.

King asked that neighbors be kept in the loop as to the future of the property and when any changes might occur. The board agreed.


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