April 20, 2023
Canyon Creek Middle and Cape Horn-Skye Elementary school art teacher Alice Yang helps students with their projects in early 2023. (Photo courtesy of the Washougal School District)

Port, city officials proclaim support for Washougal School District

The city of Washougal and Port of Camas-Washougal have issued proclamations of support for the Washougal School District, which is preparing to eliminate more than 200 staff positions, extracurricular activities and a variety of educational programs and services if its replacement levy requests fail later this month for a second time.

April 13, 2023
Discovery High School students (from left to right) Jax Goetzen, Angel Harp, Zimri Baxter and Hannah Cuffel-Leathers gather at a booth on the corner of Northeast Fourth Avenue and Northeast Cedar Street in downtown Camas during the Downtown Camas Association's First Friday event on April 7, 2023. The students are calling for the Camas School District to reconsider budget cuts that will impact their project-based learning high school. (Kelly Moyer/Post-Record)

Discovery High students react to district’s budget cuts

Camas School District leaders sounded the alarm in 2022, and tried to warn the community that the district’s lower enrollment rates, combined with less money from the state, would force budget cuts in 2023-24, but the news still came as a shock for those most affected by the district’s $6 million cuts.

April 13, 2023
A "vote no on Washougal School Levy" supporter waves a sign on the corner of "E" Street and Washougal River Road on Monday, April 10, 2023. (Doug Flanagan/Post-Record)

Washougal school levy foes rally ahead of April 25 election

Two weeks ahead of the April 25 special election that will decide the fate of two Washougal School District levies that pay for everything from athletics and arts classes to roof repairs, technology and school nurses, a group led by Washougal resident and Clark County Republican Party Precinct Committee Officer Glenn Kincaid gathered in downtown Washougal on Monday, April 10, to wave “vote no” signs and urge voters to turn against the school levies.

April 6, 2023
Washougal School District Director of Teaching and Learning Tracey MacLachlan (center) talks to attendees at the school district's "listening tour," held Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Washougal High School. (Doug Flanagan/Post-Record)

Washougal School District launches listening tours ahead of levy vote

After the Washougal School District’s replacement educational programs and operations and technology and capital projects levy proposals failed in February, district leaders knew that they had to revamp their communication process and engage in “straight talk,” in the words of WSD Superintendent Mary Templeton, if they hoped to convince enough community members to vote for the measures on Tuesday, April 25.