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Local News

Hood River Schools Face Budget Cuts

Declining weighted enrollment, a history of spending down reserves, and increased operational cuts have led to a 2014-15 budget with reductions for the Hood River County School District.  The reductions include one full time equivalent teacher reduction at the elementary level, one-and-three-quarters in the middle schools that would diminish the world language program at that level, and two at Hood River Valley High School that will mostly impact the alternative education program and the diversity of electives.  Other staffing cuts will occur in community education, special education support personnel, and administrative level, plus there will be reductions in discretionary spending.  District Superintendent Dan Goldman says without an increase in state funding support during the next legislative session, there will be more cuts next year, and reserves are still being used to balance the budget this time.  He added the rationale for using reserves in 14-15 was based on the knowledge they will have to make cuts next year without a funding jump.  There was a motion to pass the budget, but committee members decided to meet again this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School to give the public an opportunity to provide more comment.

  

May 6 Prep Sports Roundup

Baseball

The Dalles 11, Hood River Valley 6:  Payton Eaton went four for four with a home run and five runs batted in as the Eagle-Indians salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Eagles. Continue reading

Washington Election Filing Next Week

Next week will be filing week for Washington’s August primary election.  Local positions open in both Klickitat and Skamania counties include Commissioner and PUD board positions, Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer.  Filings will be taken at the Klickitat County elections’ office in Goldendale next week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and at the Skamania County elections’ office in Stevenson between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Both counties also offer on-line filing at their websites.  Candidates for multi-county or statewide offices need to file with the Washington Secretary of State’s office.