With more than a little reluctance, the Kelso School Board accepted the resignation letter that was submitted by Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich, as he announces his plans to retire on June 30th of next year. Gelbrich says that it has truly been a privilege to serve the Kelso School District and its families; Gelbrich says that he made this announcement early, to give the School Board time to find the proper successor. Gelbrich says that he’s worked in six separate school districts during his 40-year career in education, and he says that each stop “has been a gift.” He says that Kelso is a “special place with a special identity,” and that he’s particularly impressed in the way that this community steps up to support its kids. With tongue planted in cheek, School Board member Howard Sharples asked if they “had to” accept the resignation. Board President Bob Lucas says that they will soon be sending letters out to the companies and agencies that work on placing school administrators, informing them that they may need their services.
In other action last night, the Kelso School Board accepted a $5,000 donation from community member Debra White, who is helping to support Barnes Elementary School Special Education Teacher Marissa Caveness. They say that this money will help to purchase iPads, software and apps, covers and keyboards for the Special Education class at Barnes. Former Major League pitcher Jason Schmidt is also giving back, donating two portable pitching mounds and two “L” screens for The Kage, a donation valued at about $4,000. Half of the donation is coming from Schmidt’s Donor Advised Fund, and the other half is coming from a grant supplied by the Major League Players Association.