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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Colfax school board sets next year start date after fair


October 25, 2018

The Colfax school board met Monday night and approved a list of items, beginning with the hiring of Ron Shirley, musical set manager; Demetria Bryson, musical costumes, and Shonda Nelson, junior high yearbook advisor.

Further, they approved a $2,100 donation from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories to Jennings Elementary School – following a similar donation to the high school earlier this fall.

District Superintendent Jerry Pugh then took the board through the proposed 2019-20 school year calendar, adjusted for coming bond construction.

Classes would start Sept. 9 following the Palouse Empire Fair to allow another week of summer construction.

The only holidays on the calendar will be those required by state or federal law. Early November parent-teacher conferences, among other items, would be moved back a week, which Pugh noted will conflict less with state playoffs for fall sports such as volleyball.

The board approved the 2018-19 calendar.

Student representative Kylie Kackman followed with the ASB report, noting that the volleyball team is first in league now and the boys’ cross country team is ranked no. 3 in state and the girls no. 5. She added that the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America had its fall regional meeting at the Catalyst Church in Colfax, with four schools attending, while a group of FFA students are at nationals this week in Indianapolis.

ASB officers are now planning a Veteran’s Day assembly for Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. at Jennings Elementary. Kackman announced that a blood drive was in the works for the same day.

High school ASB leaders also judged the Colfax “Paint the Town Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign in shop windows, awarding Dreamworks Residential, Abundant Faith Studios and Main Street Coffee & Kitchen/Henhouse Chicks.

Also during Monday’s meeting, board member Brian Becker complimented the recent work at McDonald Park baseball/softball complex, during which baseball coach Scotty Parrish and a group of volunteers leveled fields, cut sod and added material to the infield.

Board president David Nails added a note on the football field.

“That field hasn’t looked that good in a long time,” he said.


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