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By Mildred Lykens
Lyle News 

Come to the KLASAC meeting


December 19, 2018

Taken in part, from a press release from Deb Stenberg, Communications Director / Executive Assistant to the Superintendent: “The Lyle School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a one-year agreement with the Lyle Education Association, the district’s teachers’ union, at a special board meeting Thursday, Dec. 6. The contract provides a 15 percent raise to the district’s 17.9 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers for the current school year, 2018-2019.” Director Barbara Mills emphasized, “We will continue to diligently uphold our commitment to both our staff and to our community, even as we lobby the state legislature to find fair solutions to the funding crisis it inadvertently created.” Superintendent Ann Varkados, Ed.D, notes: “We are pleased to reach this agreement, but we also know that with the current state funding situation, we could have to make tough decisions affecting student programs this spring.”

If you get this in time: a message from KLASAC Coordinator Sheila Crapper: “Just a quick reminder that our KLASAC meeting is next Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. at Lyle High School. The last 30 minutes of this meeting will be our holiday party. Please join us and feel free to wear your ugliest holiday wear and bring a white elephant gift (up to $5). There will be extra gifts if you forget, though.” Have a great weekend! (509) 316-9523.

Along with that, the Dallesport Murdock Volunteer Fire Department will be suspending their monthly breakfast through the holiday season. They too, will resume in January. Don’t forget to give a big ‘thank you’ to all our local firefighters and EMTs. One good way, during the holiday season, the season for gifting, is to remember those who are always on standby for your emergencies with a small donation to their organizations. They can always put it to good use, and most likely it will wind up back to the benefit of the community.

For all you star gazers out there: Goldendale Observatory State Park is in the midst of its first major renovation since construction of the facility in 1973. All structures but the iconic South Dome will be demolished to prepare for construction of a much larger and more advanced learning center. Seating is expected to triple, and self-guided interpretive exhibits will be installed throughout the campus. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in late 2019. In the meantime, Observatory programs will continue at Stonehenge in Maryhill. Visit to find more information. The facility will remain off limits and discourages on site visitors with security system motion sensors. Open October-March, Friday-Sunday only, with 2 p.m. Solar Show, 6 p.m. Evening Show, and closes at 9 p.m.

The Lions Club wants to remind everyone that there will not be Tuesday Senior Meals on Dec. 25, or Jan. 1, due to the holidays falling on those Tuesdays, but they are planning for a great First Saturday Breakfast on Jan. 5!


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