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MVSD 244 seeks resolution for unsatisfactory gym floor finishes

Upcoming school board meetings:

•Monday, Oct. 17, Grangeville

•Monday, Nov. 21, Kooskia

•Monday, Dec. 19, Grangeville

Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m.

— Patrons may have noticed a difference in Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors, and it’s not a good one.

The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. The MVSD 244 staff did not have good results, said superintendent Kent Stokes.

“The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19 regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

A representative from the product’s company re-did a floor with the same results as the MVSD staff, Stokes said.

He added that currently the school attorney, Adam Green, is in talks with the company to see what type of reimbursement arrangements can be agreed upon, as well as figuring out how, when and with what product to refinish the floors.


In other news, Stokes said the district has more than 1,300 students this school year, which resulted in some late hires to accommodate the large number of students at Clearwater Valley Elementary and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools. [For the 2014-15 school year, the Free Press reported that in October there were 1,185 students in the district; for 2015-16, that number was 1,244].

He also reported a punch list with Knife River regarding the resurfacing of district parking lots is being gone through, with some discussion on who will pay for extra work that had to be done.

“We’re working on resolving that,” he said.

Principals from each school also reported on their facility happenings including the following:

• Susan Hill, Clearwater Valley Elementary School principal, reported the school has 185 students and two teachers were hired last minute for kindergarten-first-grade students. She said several students are previous Kamiah school kids. She also reported the school has a full-time counselor this year, Fred Malone, paid for in part with $20,000 in grant funds from the Nez Perce Tribe.

• Dr. Susan Anderson, Grangeville Elementary Middle School, reported 587 students at GEMS, which includes dual enrollees (students who are home- or private-schooled who attend GEMS for certain classes such as music and art).

• Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School Principal Randall Miskin reported the valley schools have recently suffered a huge loss through the deaths of supporters and volunteers Elvin Pfefferkorn and Jon Vahlberg.

“These men will be greatly missed,” he lamented.

CV has 124 high school and 103 junior high students. Miskin said football numbers are 25 to 28 (“great for us!”) and volleyball 25-plus which allowed for a C team.

“We’re getting in some games for the C team and we’re excited about that because that’s how you build a program,” he said.

He also explained Kamiah wrestling participants are coming over to CV while CV’s cross-country students are going to Kamiah to be coached.

• Grangeville High School Principal Steve Higgins reported 275 kids at GHS, which is up about 15 from last year. He said freshmen and sophomore English classes have been a concern size-wise with upwards of 33 per class. He also said 40 percent of GHS students are participating in extracurricular sports activities. This does not include knowledge bowl. He said parent surveys are being e-mailed out to get an idea of how parents feel about how things are going at the school.


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