CPR, first aid class on tap

The Sunnyside Fire Department will offer its next CPR and first aid class on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m.

Call 837-3999 for more information or to sign-up for the class.

Contracts approved

GRANDVIEW – During last Monday’s regularly scheduled Grandview School Board meeting, the board approved a contract with Lyn Challis in the amount of $12,800 to handle the implementation of the state Common Core standards for social studies for Grandview middle school grades 6-8.

In other action, the board approved a contract for J.B. Blair IV in the amount of $10,000 to serve as the balanced literacy curriculum development writer for grades 6-8.

In other business, the board awarded a $198,000 contract to Northwest Fencing to begin the fencing at Grandview High School. The fencing project is expected to begin in September and is a part of the district’s efforts to improve safety at the district schools.

Board approves last minute staff additions

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School Board approved administration recommendations to hire three certificated personnel during this past Monday night’s regular board meeting.

New district staff members are Mayra Rivera Castillo, who will be a pre-kindergarten teacher at Smith Elementary School, along with Hanna Ziegler and Ashley Mullin, who will work as Grandview Middle School math teachers.

The board also approved a leave of absence request from Harriet Thompson Elementary School fifth grade teacher Aaron Cockrum, and letters of resignation from Grandview Middle School math teacher Dorothy Allard and Grandview Middle School math/science teacher Mark Pendleton. The board also accepted a leave of absence request from McClure Elementary School parapro Debra Johnson.

The board, too, accepted the resignations of Veronica Sanchez, a Grandview High School varsity rally squad advisor, and Ramiro Gonzalez Jr., who served as Grandview Middle School assistant softball coach and as the head softball coach at Grandview High School.

Library card sign-up month

GRANDVIEW - September is library card sign-up month, a time when the Grandview Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure students have the most important school supply of all – a library card.

Resources at the Grandview Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials and services that support academic achievement.

Students can use their library cards from home, too. The Grandview Library offers access to important resources such as e-books and online databases.

For information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Grandview Library at 500 W. Main Street or at

Parent meeting set for SHS class of 2014

Parents of Sunnyside High School’s class of 2014 will meet next Tuesday, Sept. 3, to discuss fundraising and planning for the senior class party. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school commons area.

Benefits fair for veterans

YAKIMA – The Modern Living Building at State Fair Park in Yakima, 1301 S. Fair Ave., will be the location of a “Stand Down” benefits fair for veterans.

The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer free services for veterans and their family members. Among the free services are dental, medical, haircuts, counseling, clothing and VA claims processing.

Lunch will also be provided during the free benefits fair.

For information or transportation, call David Brown at 509-574-1537 or John Rimel at 509-469-4638 or

Unprofessional conduct charge levied against RN assistant

The Washington State Department of Health has charged a Yakima County registered nursing assistant with unprofessional conduct.

State officials say Dustin Levi Schmidt, while working for a supported-living assistance provider, allegedly photographed a developmentally disabled adult client who was defecating on a sidewalk. Schmidt is accused of sending the photographs to other employees.


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