During a morning meeting at Armand Larive Middle School, Principal Steve Carnes announced that he is resigning his post at Armand Larive Middle School effective January 29, 2010, in order to assume a teaching position offered to him by another school district.
Carnes was initially hired to assume the interim principal position for the 2008-09 school year. Following a principal selection process, Carnes was appointed to serve as Armand’s permanent principal for the 2009-10 school year.
On Tuesday, January 5, the Hermiston School District announced the Educators and Administrator of the Year. The awardees were recognized at the regular school board meeting and then honored at a special reception following the announcement.
The award is conferred annually to one administrator from the District, and one educator from each of the elementary and middle schools. Two educators are selected from Hermiston High School. School staff members nominate coworkers from their respective schools for the honor. Nominees must have worked in the District for at least five years. The award is considered a “career-level” award that is conferred only on the most deserving of educators.
At their regularly scheduled Board Meeting the Hermiston School District Board of Directors approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) agreement issued by Chervenell Construction, the District’s Construction Manager/General Contractor.
“The GMP is a contractual “not to exceed” agreement between the Board and Chervenell for the complete cost to construct the new 110,000 sq ft middle school and associated site work,” explained Wade Smith, Assistant Superintendent.
The District and construction team were eager to report that the GMP for the replacement middle school was $125,000 under the Board’s established budget, coming in at $21,839,000.
At its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the Hermiston School District Board of Directors discussed the reduction of select summer learning opportunities previously offered to students.
One of the programs identified for reduction for the summer of 2010 was the “Benchmark Summer School Program.” In previous years, the Benchmark Program has provided reading and mathematics instruction for students performing below grade level in elementary and middle school, while also providing credit recovery for high school students.
Tuesday, January 5, is the official groundbreaking for the new Armand Larive Middle School.
The ceremony will take place at the new ALMS site, 1497 SW 9th St, just south of Desert View Elementary School at 3:00 p.m.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of physical construction approved for by the $69.9 million school bond passed in November, 2008. The bond covers replacement of ALMS, Sunset Elementary School and West Park Elementary School, as well as upgrades to other campuses.
It appears that Hermiston taxpayers will save an estimated $49 million in total interest payments over the interest rate that had been authorized by the board in January 2009 arising from the sale of the bonds associated with the $69.9 million capital referendum approved by voters in November of 2008. The savings come as a part of the District’s improved underlying credit rating from Standard and Poor’s Corporation, as well as the recent authority to sell Federally-subsidized Qualified School Construction Bonds.
This article originally appeared in the Dec. 9, 2009, edition of the Hermiston Herald, and was written by reporter Robert Deane. It has been reposted to this web site with permission from the Hermiston Herald.
Armand Larive Middle School seventh and eighth-grade students are meeting physical education standards in a new and fun way.
With the passing of the Hermiston School Bond on November 4, 2008, the community has chosen to replace 3 of the most aged schools in the District. In response to the burgeoning enrollment growth, commensurate with the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Panel and Long Range Facility Planning Committee, the replacement schools will be larger facilities with the ability to handle increased capacity to alleviate overcrowded conditions at the remaining campuses. With an anticipated opening for the fall of 2011, the Board of Directors have chose
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