The Camas School Board this week approved a $132 million 2021-22 budget that includes using $6.5 million out of fund balances to make up for revenue shortfalls caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, decreased student enrollment and COVID-19 relief funds that were disproportionately low compared to similarly sized school districts in Washington.
The Washougal School Board resumed in-person meetings this month for the first time since a May 25 school board meeting ended in disruption and police citations against three community members.
As they head into a third school year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff will need to mask up and continue to follow other COVID safety precautions this fall.
James Bennett took on a new but familiar role during the 2020-21 school year.
Washougal School District plans $52 million budget
Brenda Hitchins challenges her Washougal High School culinary students to succeed, but also to not fear failure. If they accidentally crack an egg and break a yoke, for example, she’ll remind them that eggs are cheap and easily accessible, and encourage them to try again.
One year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced local school districts to reimagine high school graduation ceremonies, seniors from Camas, Hayes Freedom and Washougal high schools’ class of 2021 gathered for in-person commencement ceremonies.
Earlier this year, Washougal High School Principal Sheree Clark asked Ethan Mills, the school’s Associated Student Body president, to deliver some “inspiring life advice” to his fellow seniors at the school’s graduation ceremony. Recognizing the challenge in front of him Mills laced his reply with a hint of good-natured sarcasm.