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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Colfax school board session offers variety of topics


August 9, 2018 | View PDF

Colfax school board met Monday night to approve a budget for the 2018-19 school year and the schematic designs for upcoming school bond construction and accept three resignations.

The board also watched a demonstration from the high school robotics team and concluded their discussion of “Leadership and Self-Deception” (Arbinger Institute, 2000).

Colfax Superintendent Jerry Pugh noted the district once again received an “Outstanding” rating on annual bus inspection by the Washington State Patrol and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“That's a tedious, tedious, tedious thing. They really go after every nut and bolt,” Pugh said.

The board accepted resignations of Jody Conrad, para-educator; Heidi Casten, kitchen assistant, and Shawna Kneale, assistant volleyball coach.

The board also approved a combining with Oakesdale School District for cross country this fall.

Next, students and mentors from the Palouse Area High School robotics team filed into the district office, pushing a robot.

They gave a presentation on their season, which ended at the F.I.R.S.T. World Championships competition in Houston in April.

“It's the hardest fun you'll ever have,” said Evie Aguilar, a 2018 Pullman High graduate.

F.I.R.S.T. stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

Mentor Helena Johnson of Colfax asked the school board to consider adding a varsity letter for robotics and for the younger Lego version to be added to the Jennings Elementary curriculum.

The board then approved an increase in lunch price for the 2018-19 school year from $2.95 to $3 at the high school and $2.45 to $2.50 at the grade school.


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