meeting Monday …

The Quillayute Valley School Board met Monday evening in person and also on YouTube. I missed the first bit about the Spartan Stadium hopefully I can go back and see it when I get time. In an update on March enrollment Superintendent Diana Reaume shared that by next year it is possible that three-quarters of QVSD students will be online. COVID has changed the face of learning …

In new business, Reaume shared that she has been reassessing cyber security and looking to revamp policy concerning internet safety.

In other new business, she also asked the board for approval to move forward and allow QVSD approval in participation in a Vaping Litigation Lawsuit. Joining the litigation would be of no cost to the district and Reaume said that some companies target youth in their advertising. The litigation activity was approved by the board.

In one other new business item, the board was asked for approval on moving forward with a Tribal and Dual Language Grant. The grant would help fund consulting contracts with James Powell and Vickie Jensen. As an anthropological and linguist Powell has written about the Quileute language and also learned to speak it. Powell came to La Push along with Jensen in the late 1960s and began learning the language from Quileute Elders as well as learning the history of the Quileute people.

Reaume said the activity would weave the Quileute language into classes that now teach about local native culture, starting at the Kindergarten level. “We have 168 native students registered now and 75 of those are Quileute and 43 are Hoh; this will help represent students that we serve,” Reaume said.

The project will also include signage around the school in English and Quileute to help students learn.

The board approved moving forward with the grant.

In public comment, baseball coach Bob Kratzer shared his concern about the unsafe conditions at the Tillicum Park fields. He shared in addition to broken glass and unsavory activity at times the condition of the fields are not the best.

Reaume shared that there are plans for field upgrades and further discussion was had.

The meeting was still going ….when I had to move on to City Council …

Forks City council met Monday evening in person and also online. The meeting got underway at 7:30 p.m. During the public comment time citizens who had been to council a few weeks ago to share concerns about possible-alleged drug activity in their neighborhood shared that some things were better but still the garbage and foot traffic are a problem.

City Attorney/Planner Rod Fleck was appointed to represent the city on the new county Housing Solutions Board. This board is different from the Homeless Taskforce Committee as it will address the need for housing for middle-income working families.

The council approved Resolution #504 supporting sustainable timber harvests from DNR Trust Lands. The resolution reiterates the importance of the tax revenue received by our local entities …fire, school, hospital, and more.

Councilmember Juanita Weissenfels shared Clallam Transit news that CTS will be phasing out shuttle service and replacing it with micro-transit where a phone app is used to access your needed ride.

Police Chief Mike Rowley updated on some legislative fixes that address what, how, who can be taken into custody in mental health situations.

And …Public Works Director Paul Hampton said that the pothole patching trailer will be out soon taking care of those pesky potholes ….

Until next week …

Christi Baron