CHS choir, band students bound for state

Doreen McKercher : November 12, 2015 12:24 PM : News

CHS student musicians and singers were selected for All-State bands and choirs this year by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA).

Students had to audition on tape, adhering to specific guidelines, and demonstrate excellent musicianship and vocal technique. Then WMEA judges listened to all the tapes and selected,the best performances. The students who are selected for this honor will join other young musicians from across the state to play under the direction of renowned conductors and educators, at the annual WMEA State Conference in Yakima, Washington, in February.
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No School on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day

Doreen McKercher : November 10, 2015 2:23 PM : News


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CHS X-Country Girls Win State Title

Doreen McKercher : November 10, 2015 2:07 PM : News

xc-postThere was really no doubt who the champion was. And if the Camas runners were acting like they had been there before, it’s because they have. The Papermakers breezed to their second straight Class 4A state title and their fourth in five years.

Freshman Rachel Blair finished fourth, covering the 5,000 meter course at Sun Willows Golf Course in 18 minutes, 10 seconds. Sophomore Emma Jenkins was seventh in 18:17 and sophomore Emily Wilson was 13th in 18:30. Maddie Woodson and Kaylee Merritt rounded out the five scoring Camas runners, who posted a team score of 81 points. That was well ahead of the 151 points that sparked Lewis and Clark’s second-place celebration.

Read more at the Columbian.

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Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Doreen McKercher : November 6, 2015 1:46 PM : News



Cast A Dates: November 6, 7*, 14, 20

Cast B Dates: November 7, 14*, 20, 21

Show at 7 PM

*Matinee at 2 PM

  • Ticket sales begin 1 hour before curtain ($7 general admission; $5 students w/ASB and senior citizens)
  • Doors open 30 minutes before curtain

Synopsis: The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit. (Sean Kelly | CHS Drama Department)

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DECA golfers raise money for Muscular Dystrophy

Doreen McKercher : November 4, 2015 5:10 PM : News

Camas High School DECA students raised nearly $4,000 last week through a community service project aimed to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The goal of the project was to raise both awareness and funds for the organization.

Hosted by Camas Meadows Golf Course, the MDA Golf Tournament was held on October 25. Chapter members from Camas DECA worked to register foursomes for the tournament. Sixty-four golfers battled the elements to make the day a great success for Muscular Dystrophy. In addition, local businesses were contacted for sponsorships and donations for a raffle held at the tournament. All profits from the tournament/project went directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and a total of $3,837 was raised.

The MDA Golf Tournament event is a part of a DECA Community Service Chapter Project, headed by Amanda Shi and Andrew Carson. The project also consists of two other elements: an MDA Hop-a-Thon targeted towards raising awareness with elementary age students and a Mr./Mrs. Camas competition for MDA that will encourage high school students to raise money and awareness for MDA.

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Essence of Self & Motifs across Societies

Doreen McKercher : November 3, 2015 5:08 PM : News
secondstorygallery-postSecond Story Gallery at the Camas Public Library features artwork from Camas High School’s Integrated Arts and Academics program students, grades 9 and 10 from November 5-28, 2015.
  • Artists’ Reception in conjunction with Downtown Camas First Friday – Nov. 6, 5:00-8:00 PM
  • 625 NE 4th Ave
  • Library hours:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. M-W, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

Students of Camas High School’s Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program will exhibit, throughout the month of November, their personalized and meaningful artwork informed by academic studies.  The Freshmen cohort created oil pastel, self portraits based on a journey into their personal “essence” as they wrote memoir poetry in their English class.  The Sophomores will show mixed media, altered books based on their personal response, and mindful connections to academic content.  The theme of “motif” helped them to find those connections in world civilizations and religions (World History), ecological systems (Biology), and the novel “The Secret Lives of Bees” (English).

In its second year, IAA students have the opportunity to study connections between academics concepts and themes while integrating that content with the arts.  This makes their learning more relevant and personally meaningful.

“For our youth, the opportunity to show their art publicly with a live audience makes for an authentic and unforgettable experience.  Students will be interacting with the public at the First Friday Artist Reception which will give them public speaking experience, and it will undoubtedly be exhilarating and affirming for them.  We are grateful to the Camas Public Library for their tremendous support of our program’s students,” commented Gina Mariotti Shapard, Art Teacher and Program Leader.


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Camas administrator named state level assistant principal of the year

Doreen McKercher : November 2, 2015 4:38 PM : News

Asst_principal_of_the_year_Clint_WilliamsSkyridge Middle School Associate Principal Clint Williams was named this year’s Washington State Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year by a panel of principals representing the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals, a component of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

Williams’ colleagues note that he is trusted and well-liked by students, staff, and parents because he is student-centered and treats everyone with kindness and respect.  One example cited is his strong focus in creating a system to support students who are struggling academically by connecting them with an adult on a weekly basis.  Williams has also helped implement a Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) program, which resulted in a significant reduction, over 50%, in student disciplinary actions over the last four years.

Skyridge Principal Aaron Smith stated, “Clint has an eye for the big picture and works hand-in-hand with me to plan professional development activities for our staff.  He has been involved in every aspect of implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Skyridge and is very insightful when discussing the group dynamics of our PLC teams.  He helps plan our Teacher Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) activities, represents Skyridge on a district steering committee, and regularly provides meaningful feedback to teachers through the observation process.

“I can truly say that Clint has played an integral role in every aspect of our success at Skyridge, including being recognized with four consecutive Washington Academic Achievement Awards,” commented Smith. “He strategically challenges the status quo to get an already high-performing school to reach even more students and even greater levels of student growth,” Smith added.

The winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense go on to compete at the national level.

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Highly Capable Program: Referral Window Open

Doreen McKercher : October 30, 2015 3:10 PM : News


The referral window for the Camas School District’s Highly Capable Program (HCP) is now open for students in grades 2-6. Parents have an opportunity to refer their children for consideration for the HCP for fall placement. Interested families should review this information to 1) understand the definition and characteristics of students who are highly capable; and 2) learn about the nomination process and actions parents need to take by December 15, 2015, to refer students for this process.

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Dictionary project provides gift of words for third graders

Doreen McKercher : October 18, 2015 4:12 PM : News

The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club kicked off its Gift of Words project October 13 at Helen Baller Elementary School in Camas. Throughout October and November, the club will deliver and present nearly 700 dictionaries-giving one to every third grader in Camas and Washougal. Third grade students at Prune Hill Elementary are pictured below.


Rotarians across the U.S. participate in the Gift of Words Project to promote literacy in their local communities. The project in Clark County is sponsored by Beaches Restaurant, IQ Credit Union, Columbia Vista Corporation, Diana Acuesta Designs, Columbia Litho and Clark County Rotary Clubs. In total $11,000 was raised to help provide dictionaries to students.

Dictionaries are presented by representatives from the Camas-Washougal Rotary along with Camas Superintendent Mike Nerland and Washougal Superintendent Mike Stromme. As the books are handed to the students, many quickly thumb through the pages, write their name on the bookplate and attempt to pronounce the “longest word,” which is an unpronounceable medical term with 1,909 characters.

Mike Nerland stated, “students are eager to get the dictionaries, and they are extremely proud of them.  This project is of great significance in the lives of these students.”

Owing to the popularity of this tradition, many of the third  graders’ older siblings still have their dictionaries and remember the day when they were presented.

As these students quickly discover, the book is much more than just a dictionary, it also includes over 150 pages of supplemental information. Key features include the Constitution of the U.S., the Declaration of Independence, brief biographies of all U. S. presidents, world maps, and information about all 50 states, countries of the world, and the planets in our solar system. It ends with the longest word in the English language.

The Gift of Words Project targets third graders specifically because it has been identified as a key year for language development and vocabulary improvement. Having a dictionary of their own allows students to have a resource right at their fingertips, one which can be easily stored in a backpack or desk and doesn’t require internet access. Owing to the popularity of this tradition, many of the third graders’ older siblings still have their dictionaries and remember the day when they were presented. Nerland stated that “students are eager to get the dictionaries, and they are extremely proud of them. This project is of great significance in the lives of these students.”

This year, the project included Interact students from both school districts, who were enthusiastic about being involved. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Camas and Washougal High Schools each have active clubs that are sponsored by the Camas-Washougal Rotary. Interact Club members lent a hand in readying the books for distribution by affixing bookplates in the front cover and inserting bookmarks into all 700 dictionaries.

Rotary International is a service organization with over 1.2 million members in more than 160 countries. The Camas-Washougal Rotary meets at 7 a.m. on Thursdays. For more club information, visit

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Camas HS band member named All-American

Doreen McKercher : October 14, 2015 3:36 PM : News


A Camas High School senior was honored as an All-American for his talent with a trumpet.

Isaac Hodapp was the special guest at a school assembly Tuesday with U.S. Army dignitaries making it official.

“Only 125 high school musicians in the country are named to the Army All-American Band,” said Sgt. Eric Ross.

Hodapp will play at halftime of the high school All-American football game at San Antonio’s Alamo Dome in January.

“This was a seven-month application process,” Hodapp’s dad, Philip, said. “And we’re extra proud because character played a big part in Isaac being selected.”

Watch KGW’s video broadcast.

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2016 Bond Listening Posts

Doreen McKercher : October 14, 2015 2:55 PM : News

In early 2015, a Facilities Advisory of Citizens, Teachers, Staff and Students (FACTSS) met to research and study current and future facilities needs in the Camas School District. Based on their findings and community input, the FACTSS team has recommended a Capital Facilities Bond be placed before voters in February 2016.

Come hear about the proposed bond and give us feedback at one of three listening posts!

2016 School Bond Listening Posts

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Top-ranked Camas stays perfect

Doreen McKercher : October 13, 2015 2:29 PM : News


Camas’ Hunter Bruno, center, recovers a loose ball in front of Alex Davis, left, in the second half Friday night, Oct. 9, 2015 at Doc Harris Stadium. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Camas defense slows Battle Ground in 42-6 win

The Camas Papermakers do not just win on Friday nights.

They win all week, in practice, getting ready.

Friday nights are just the finale to the whole victory,

“We have masterminds in our coaches,” said Camas safety Cooper McNatt, who had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in the Papermakers’ 42-6 victory over Battle Ground at Doc Harris Stadium.

“They just picked apart the offense. They had everything down perfectly. They really make it easy for us,” McNatt said. “They make the game simple. Make your reads and play football.”

Camas, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, improved to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League. Battle Ground fell to 4-2, 2-2 in league.

A week after holding Skyview to barely more than 100 yards of offense, the Camas defense suffocated a Battle Ground offense that had averaged 42 points a game through the first five weeks of the season.

“Everybody said it was going to be a track meet, with lots of offense,” Camas linebacker Michael Matthews said. “It’s good to give the defense the credit we deserve.”

And unlike many times when the Camas offense puts things out of reach early, the Papermakers needed a strong performance from its defense in the first half.

“That’s what you love, especially in a home game like this. The crowd was really into it,” Matthews said. “We have a ton of athletes on defense who want to be out there. We love each other. It’s good to pull the weight every once in a while.”

Read the full story at The Columbian.

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Annual College and Career Fair October 21

Doreen McKercher : September 30, 2015 4:00 PM : News

Camas High School’s Annual College and Career Fair is less than one month away! This will be held on October 21  from 5:30 p.m. – 7:20 the CHS gymnasium. There will also be workshops presented from 6-7:25 p.m. in various locations throughout the building. The evening will end with breakout sessions led by college representatives from 7:30-8 p.m.

The College and Career Fair allows students and parents to:

  1. Talk with representatives from more than 50 colleges and technical schools in a college fair setting in the gym;
  2. Attend large, group sessions covering information on post high school planning resources and what students can do during high school to prepare for the next steps; and
  3. Attend small group breakout sessions with college representatives to gather information specific to their needs.

Click here for a list of participating schools and organizations. We encourage all high school students (grades 9—12) and parents to attend this exciting event!

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Stories from Legendary Teacher Day

Doreen McKercher : September 24, 2015 4:15 PM : News


Dear Mr. Evans,

Thank you for believing in me since the start. Since I started Hayes, you have made me feel so welcomed and have made me truly believe that I can succeed. I’ve made some bad choices and got off track a couple times, but you have always been here for me and encouraging me to do better. I am grateful I have your class this year because I like your teaching style. I am usually not good at learning English but since I’ve been in your class, the content has been staying in my head easily & you’ve made it fun.Thank you for all your dedication and hard work you put in every day. Out of all the teachers I’ve had in high school, you stand out the most.

-Liz Urick


My name is Danny Busiek.  For legendary teacher day, I would like to nominate Mrs. Wittwer, a ninth grade English teacher at Camas High School.  She was constantly pushing me to be better.  She supported my writing and wanted me to do great things with it.  Mrs. Wittwer saw my potential; she wanted to see me succeed. She truly cares for all her students.


Danny Busiek


Mrs. Tomasetti,

I knew you when I was in 8th grade.  You, out of all my mentors throughout my education, have helped me the most.  You always understood me, and you always had one way or another to help me.  I need to visit you more, but I just want to say thank you.  You’re a legend.


Summer Faith West


My name is Abigail Wolfe, and I’d like to recognize Mr. Evans of Hayes Freedom High School. Mr. Evans is a legendary teacher because he never gives up on you, even when you give up on yourself.  Mr. Evans is always there for you when you have a problem.  He breaks things down in a way relatable to you.  Mr. Evans doesn’t always seem like it, but he is a super nice guy.  He is a great teacher.  He opens your mind to new ideas that are very different from your own.


Abigail Wolfe


My name is Kaysa Lake, and I nominate Ms. Griffin, an English teacher at Crossler Middle School in Salem, Oregon as a legendary teacher.  When I was in 6th grade a teacher me I was too smart to be in IP English.  I was moved to Ms. Griffin’s 8th grade English class.  I was a bit annoyed because I hated reading and writing.  She showed me how amazing I can be.  She showed me how amazing I can be.  She made me come out of my comfort zone.  The students in that class and the teacher showed me how, despite my dyslexia, I can do it.  They were the only ones in the school that believed in me.  That class was my favorite and made such a huge impact on my life.  I would like to thank her for being so amazing and showing me that I am smart.  She told me writing helps my emotions, and because of that I write every day.  It has saved my life in many ways.  Thank you so much, Ms. Griffin.  You have made such a huge difference in my life.


Kaysa Lake


Hands down, the most legendary teacher I have had was Joe Halled. He has made me realize that life is more precious than it seems to be sometimes.  All you can do is keep out of that dark pit of depression; smile at depression because if you let it get to you it will drag you down and not let go.  With some help you can go far.  He has always helped me with tough problems, and he always encouraged me to go into the Marines.  He also encouraged me to go to church and follow Jesus Christ.  He was and always will be an influence on my life.


Kodee Broersma


My name is Haley Chatfield.  I’d like to nominate Mr. Evans at Hayes Freedom High School as a legendary teacher.  Evans is that teacher that doesn’t beat around the bush or sugar coat lessons.  Evans is a teacher who will never allow you to fail because of who you are or where you come from.  He makes sure you understand the taught concepts.


Haley Chatfield


A teacher who has had a big impact on my life is Amy Holmes from Hayes Freedom High School.  She’s helped and listened to any problems I’ve had and helped solve them as much as she could.  Mrs. Holmes is a second mom, friend, and the best principal ever.  She’ll make sure you’re happy with your classes and everything.


Matt O’Neill


I would like to nominate Mr. Panell for Legendary Teacher recognition for Skyridge Middle School.  He is a 7th grade language arts teacher.  He was my favorite teacher and still is to this day.  Whenever I stepped into his class I was always happy to learn and had a smile on my face.  Every day as I walked in, I would say good morning, and he would say hi back.  I tried to be the best student in the class, either by getting all my work done or helping him with things like setting up the projector, VCR, or DVD player.  Thank you for your time.


Dillon Giel


I would like to recognize my ninth grade English teacher, Mr. Gardner, for legendary teacher day.  English never came easy to me.  I always had trouble with essays and writing paragraph responses to reading passages.  Pretty much anything to do with English I struggled with.  Mr. Gardner taught his class in a way that came very easy to me.  He made English one of my favorite subjects in school.  Thanks, Mr. Gardner, for all your help and support.  You made class fun.


Corey English


I would like to nominate Mrs. Robin L Harper, from River Home Link in the Battleground School District.  She helped me to read better and to get more into writing.  Also, because of her class, I met my best friend.


Andi Kolbe


I would love to recommend Mike Brasch for Legendary Teacher Day. He not only helped with my homework, but he made me feel like I could do my work and not just get another failing grade. Overall, Mr. Brasch is the best teacher that I have ever had.



Gary Ford


Paul Kirby – my AP US History teacher, a guy who seemed able to make a story out of any moment in history, to take anything and make it seem interesting and human and funny and poignant and meaningful – he has always been my role-model and I hope that I’ve passed on his passion to my own students.

Eric Linthwaite

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Getting good health on track

Doreen McKercher : September 21, 2015 1:15 PM : News


Nathan Chiu, 7, front center, learns about martial arts from Lanedon Wells, 13, of World Class Martial Arts while his sisters, Katie, back left, and Melodie watch at a health fair at Doc Harris Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (Paul Suarez/for The Columbian)

Twelve-year-old William Elwell put his knowledge of added sugars in popular drinks to the test.

He underestimated the prevalence of the sweet stuff.

The Camas boy suspected one small lemonade juice box would have only two teaspoons of added sugar. He was surprised to learn the 6.75-ounce container actually included six teaspoons.

“It was a lot more than I thought,” he said.

“It’s not really juice,” his mom, Rebecca Elwell, added.

William was one of dozens of kids who took guesses at the added sugar game, hosted by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, at the Camas 4 Kids Health Fair on Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium.

“I think its pretty eye-opening for kids to see what sugar looks like,” said Emily Campbell, a registered dietitian at PeaceHealth. “I think it’s eye-opening for parents, too.”

Read the full story in The Columbian.

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Honoring educators

Doreen McKercher : September 21, 2015 1:02 PM : News

‘Legendary Teacher Day,’ is set for Thursday, Sept. 24 in local cities

The Camas and Washougal school districts will be recognizing educators who make a difference on Sept. 24.

“Legendary Teacher Day,” will encourage citizens to contact an educator who impacted their lives in a positive way, whether through email, phone, posting notes of thanks on either of the two district’s Facebook pages, or with Twitter using #teachlegendary.

“Most adults can remember a special teacher who made a significant difference in our lives,” said Doreen McKercher, school and community relations coordinator for the CSD. “Now is the time to honor that teacher.”

Additionally, Washougal Mayor Sean Guard and Camas Mayor Scott Higgins have declared the fourth Thursday in September as “Legendary Teacher Day.”

WSD Superintendent Mike Stromme and CSD Superintendent Mike Nerland have their own stories to share of teachers who impacted their lives.

Read the full story at the Post-Record.

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Tennis rivals gain respect

Doreen McKercher : September 18, 2015 3:55 PM : News

Camas' Andrew Lee and Anish Prasad shake hands with Washougal's Christian Rambousek and Santiago Altieri after a two-and-a-half hour tennis match in 90-degree heat Friday, at Washougal High School. Lee and Prasad won 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Camas’ Andrew Lee and Anish Prasad shake hands with Washougal’s Christian Rambousek and Santiago Altieri after a two-and-a-half hour tennis match in 90-degree heat Friday, at Washougal High School. Lee and Prasad won 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. (Dan Trujillo/Post-Record)

Camas and Washougal players push each other to the limit in the heat

The temperature was a sizzling 96 degrees at first serve between the Camas and Washougal high school boys tennis teams Friday.

Christian Rambousek and Santiago Altieri secured the first set for the Panthers by the score of 6-4. Andrew Lee and Anish Prasad rallied to win a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreaker for the Papermakers in the second set.

Both teams left it all on the court. Lee delivered powerful serves for aces, and Prasad put away volleys for points. Rambousek and Altieri hung in there with resilient forehands and backhands. After Lee and Prasad emerged with a 6-4 victory in the final set, the grueling match ended with a hug between the two Panthers and Papermakers.

“The guys at Washougal are really friendly,” Lee said. “I hope Camas comes back and continues to play them. It’s a great opportunity, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Prasad agreed that respect was earned on this day.

“They were great competitors,” he said. “[Altieri] is from Argentina. You don’t meet a person like that every day.”

Camas head coach Jonathan Burton enjoys seeing Lee and Prasad excel in a clutch situation during the first week of the season.

“They invested two-and-a-half hours of their lives into this. To be on the winning side is a very nice feeling,” Burton said. “We also respect our opponent. We know what it’s like to battle for that long and come away with nothing.”

Washougal head coach Angie Watts believes the loss will only make Rambousek and Altieri stronger.

Read the full story at the Post-Record.

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District seeks Citizens Advisory Committee members

Doreen McKercher : September 17, 2015 7:14 AM : News


The Camas School District is seeking volunteers to serve on the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee. The CAC consists of 18-25 school district patrons who advise school administrators and board members on a variety of issues. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month during the school year from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Applications for appointment to the CAC can be downloaded online at the links below or requested by contacting Gail Gast via e-mail at or 360-833-5412. All completed applications should be returned to the Camas School District Administration Center, attention Gail Gast, no later than October 2, 2015. Recommendations for appointment will be forwarded to the School Board for appointment at the October 13 board meeting.

Interested citizens are encouraged to visit the next CAC meeting on October 5, 2015, at the Zellerbach Administration Center, 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, in the Dennison Board Room, at 5:30 p.m.

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