Grandview School Board finalizes interdistrict cooperative

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board finalized two interdistrict cooperative educational services with Prosser High School and Mabton High School at its meeting Monday night.

The agreements allow students from Mabton and Prosser to attend Grandview High School's vocational automotive program.

According to the agreement, transportation of students to or from Grandview will be the responsibility of each participating student. Transportation within the service district, such as class field trips, will be the responsibility of the Grandview School District.

One benefit for the Grandview School District is a percentage of each student will be counted towards Grandview's enrollment numbers. Grandview will be able to claim .33 percent of each student from Prosser and .27 percent of each student from Mabton. If 10 students from Prosser attend the vocational automotive program, Grandview will be able to add three students to its enrollment numbers.

Both Mabton and Prosser are expected to send eight students each to the program.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board approved the purchase of a new bus for $51,604. The new addition will not replace an existing bus, but will be added to the fleet.

The board also approved capital projects worth $4,568. These funds went to buy furniture for three new classrooms at Smith Elementary School. A kindergarten class, first grade class and second grade class were added this year.

Grandview School Superintendent Kevin Chase told the board the schools in Grandview are ready to go for the first day of school. "The buildings and staff are in place," he said.

Chase mentioned a few classes Grandview teachers attended in the last week. He said Martin Fleming, director of For Kid's Sake, came to the middle school and high school to teach staff how to deal with bullying.

An educational consultant from Seattle, Marilyn McGuire, worked with the elementary schools in Grandview on school-wide discipline strategies.

Chase also said the principals of each school, with staff developers, have been working this past week in leading staff to establish professional learning communities in all buildings.


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