The Kelso and Longview School Boards meet this evening. The big highlight for the Kelso School Board is dealing with the resignation of Superintendent Rob MacGregor. The board will meet at 5:30 in a special work session, where they will discuss the Superintendent search process. During the regular meeting at 7 pm, the board will formally consider the resignation that MacGregor made public last week. MacGregor says that he plans to step down at the end of June, saying that he’s planning to pursue other opportunities in the educational field closer to the Seattle area, where much of his family lives.
The Longview School Board meets at 7:30 pm, where they will consider a request to apply for a grant that would help to start the ball rolling to develop a School-Based Health Center. The School Board will also be asked to approve the State Study and Survey that the district has been working on since April of 2012; board approval of that document is needed to be eligible to receive state matching funds at the completion of that project. The School Board is also scheduled to receive an update on the Mandarin Chinese language program, which originated in fall of 2012. Currently, nearly 900 elementary, middle and high school students in Longview schools are involved in the program. District officials say that there are a number of benefits in continuing the program; Superintendent Suzanne Cusick is encouraging a discussion of the program at tonight’s meeting.