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500 South 3rd B398, Cathlamet, WA 98612  •  360-795-3971
Our Mission: We believe that education is a partnership with
responsibility shared by all: school, family, students, and community.
All individuals shall be provided a safe, positive environment
where they may reach their full potential as responsible citizens.
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Image: Thank you from the Wahkiakum School District, Cathlamet, WA The 11/4/14 Ballot results are in and the District says "Thank You, Voters"
for passing the 4-Year Capital Projects Technology and Security Levy

Next Regular School Board Meeting

Monday, January 22
5:30pm - High School Library

School Board Members

Shawn Merz, Chairperson
Sue O'Connor, Vice Chairperson
Paula Culbertson
Robin Westphall
Dan Wilson

Wahkiakum School District Vision Statement

Learning is the mutual responsibility of the student, staff, and the parents. The goals of this vision are:

  • To provide and maintain a positive school environment that enhances the learning experience for students.
  • To create, model, and maintain a school climate that develops acceptable social interaction and behavior.
  • To provide an equal education opportunity for all.
  • To incorporate technology into the educational environment to assist in meeting educational goals.

School Board Meeting Minutes

Current School Year: June/2017 - May/2018

Tuesday, December 19, 2017: Minutes not yet posted.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017: Minutes (Special Meeting)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Minutes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Minutes

Tuesday, October 3, 2017: Minutes (Special Meeting)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Minutes

Thursday, August 24, 2017: Minutes

Thursday, August 10, 2017: Minutes (Special Meeting)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 and Tuesday, July 25, 2017: Minutes

Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Minutes

Archived Board Minutes from Previous School Years

Other School Board News and Notes

February/2017: State Auditor's Office Reports Favorably on District Fiscal Status

Every three years, the State Auditor audits the District's financial statements and internal controls. As reported in the Accountability Audit Report, "District operations complied with applicable requirements and provided adequate safeguarding of public resources." Similarly, the State Auditor reported favorably in the Financial Statements Audit Report, "The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.

Many thanks to all the District staff who continue to maintain our perfect record with the State Auditor's office.

April 30, 2015
Many Thanks to the Wahkiakum County Commissioners and the County Treasurer

I have said it before, and I am sure I will say it again, but I would just like to repeat, "What a great community in which we live!" On behalf of all of us at Wahkiakum School District, I would like to express our gratitude to the Wahkiakum County Commissioners (Mike Backman, Dan Cothren and Blair Brady) and the Wahkiakum County Treasurer (Tammy Peterson) for their willingness to serve and work cooperatively with the school district.

By allowing a short-term loan in the amount of $500,000 (the collective total of dollars that will be generated over four years due to the successful passage by our voters of $125,000 per year for security and technology improvements), they have helped expedite the fruition of our project; resulting in creating a safer and more technologically advanced learning environment in a very timely manner, which would not have been possible otherwise.

The School Board, staff and students "tip our hats" to Mike, Dan, Blair and Tammy — thanks for being you!

Bob Garrett
Superintendent, Wahkiakum School District

November 4, 2014
The Wahkiakum School District
Says, "THANK YOU!"

On behalf of the student body, staff and board of directors of Wahkiakum School District, I would like to extend our gratitude to our voters for passing our 4-Year Capital Projects Technology and Security Levy.

We realize that it is not an "easy pill to swallow" when being asked to raise taxes, no matter how small the raise. We at your schools will do our very best to ensure that your dollars are used wisely, as we strive to provide our students with a safe and technologically efficient environment in which to learn.

Bob Garrett
Superintendent, Wahkiakum School District

February 11, 2014
The Wahkiakum School District
Says, "THANK YOU!"

On behalf of the student body, staff and Board of Directors of the Wahkiakum School District, I would like to extend our gratitude to our voters for passing our 4-Year Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy and approving the Redistricting Measure.

As Ben Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."  Your vote of confidence and the investment of your hard earned dollars are not taken lightly. And your approval of redrawing the District boundaries gives us more flexibility in filling School Board director vacancies.

We at your schools will remain committed to providing the highest quality of education possible, where kids have a safe and caring environment in which to learn.

Special gratitude goes out to...

  • The St. James Family Center for allowing us to use their bulk mailing permit to send out our informational flyers about these measures
  • The Wahkiakum County Education Association and the Wahkiakum Education Support Personnel Association for running ads in the Wahkiakum Eagle to "Vote Yes"
  • The JA Wendt Elementary PTO and the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce for running ads in the Wahkiakum Eagle to "Support Our Schools"
  • The Wahkiakum Eagle for its editorial support of the levy and the redistricting measure

... and all of the businesses and community members who were willing to post "Vote Yes" signs. Your outpouring of support has not gone unnoticed!

Bob Garrett
Superintendent, Wahkiakum School District

4-Year M & 0 Replacement Levy Will Fund a Variety of Programs

Wahkiakum School District voters approved a 4-Year Replacement Levy on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, replacing the four-year levy approved in 2010.

This levy will be a fixed amount with $997,000 for each of the four years — 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The funds will be applied toward items the State either only partially funds or does not fund at all, such as:

  • Necessary maintenance needs
  • Technology upgrades and support
  • Major curriculum adoptions
  • Food services program
  • Professional development for the staff, including giving teachers the time and resources to improve during staff inservice
  • Employee health premiums
  • Non-employee related costs, such as insurance, utilities, and contractual services
  • Vocational education programs, such as our Ag and FFA programs, and extra-curricular programs
  • Transportation to and from sporting events and field trips

September/2009: The Impact of Engrossed House Bill 1824 Youth Sports-Head Injury Policies
on Non-School Youth Sports Groups

Our 2009 Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 1824 Youth Sports-Head Injury Policies. The law was passed for good reason: to help all of us do what we can to avoid serious head injuries to student athletes.

This law impacts not only our own student athletes, but also non-school affiliated youth sports groups who use School District facilities. For more information, read our Superintendent's recent Letter to the Editor of the Wahkiakum Eagle Newspaper.

September/2009: Refinancing Callable Bonds Saves Taxpayers $79,000

Wahkiakum School District has refinanced its callable 2000 bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates. The recent refinancing will save the District's taxpayers a total of over $79,000 during the next eight years. These savings will flow directly to taxpayers through reduced debt service tax levies and are not available for District expenses. This is a direct savings to our community members in the form of taxes they expected, but will not have to pay.

The Wahkiakum School Board accomplished these savings by approving the issuance of $1,165,000 in refunding bonds by delegation resolution. The District has been monitoring bond market conditions and recent low interest rates allowed the District to exceed its savings target. Interest rates averaged 2.7% on the new bonds compared to 5.5% on the old debt.