Enrollment still up at Oroville Schools

OROVILLE – Enrollment still remains higher than the Oroville School District based their budget for the year, which means that the district will be eligible for more state basic education funds.

The enrollment figures came up as part of Business Manager Shay Shaw’s report to the Oroville School Board at their Monday, March 26 meeting. She also commented on the district’s most recent audit by the state.

“It was truly one of the shortest ones we’ve ever had,” said Shaw, who added the auditor’s gave the district a clean bill of health.

In Elementary School Principal Joan Hoehn’s report she said the students really shocked the staff, reading over 10,000 books as part of the Principal’s Challenge. She also said the March Math Madness went well.

High School Principal Kristin Sarmiento reported that the Dollars for Scholars Talent Show went well.

“It was great, there is so much young talent out there and the community came together to support a great cause,” she said.

She also reported that the high school had earned its accreditation for another year.

“We also talked about college in the classroom,” said Sarmiento, who said that the school district was moving ahead on college English and History classes through Eastern Washington University.

The board had the third reading of policy changes that they have been working on. The issue is part of an effort by the board to bring district policies in line with state policies.

Under new business, the board approved the hiring of Marlene Barker as Assistant Elementary Secretary for 4.25 hours a day, Tina Keopke as a paraprofessional for 11.5 hours a week and Courtney Montowski as a paraprofessional at the high school. Jared Starkel was hired as second assistant track coach and Justin Helm as assistant baseball coach.

The board retracted its motion to approve Sarmiento and Walt Arnold as co-head coaches of the tennis team, because it wasn’t allowed under the coach’s contract. Sarmiento will be head coach and Arnold assistant. The district also added a special needs bus route and hired Novelita Beitz as the bus driver.

John Ragsdale will be Sixth Grade Camp Director with Jacqueline Marshall and Julie Schildgen as assistant directors. Millie Leslie will be head cook and Georgia McCoy assistant cook at Sixth Grade Camp.

The board accepted donations from Prince’s Foods in the amount of $158, the American Legion in the amount of $750 and Advantage Proxy in the amount of $500 for the Washington, DC class trip.

The Booster Club donated $1556 for soccer uniforms, $1561 for baseball jerseys and bats, $175 for the Leadership Class Assembly and $1350 for FBLA Registration.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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