- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Welcoming Walla Walla Community College’s Clarkston Campus to use Clarkston High School’s shop classroom should benefit students from both schools, according to school district Superintendent Tim Winter.

Winter outlined a one-year agreement between the college and school district at Monday’s Clarkston School Board meeting, explaining there’s no cost to the district to share the space.

He said students in Walla Walla Community College’s industrial maintenance program will use the shop classroom in the evenings beginning in late September while the college’s Workforce and Business Development Center is under construction. The new center is expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2017.

“It’s a great partnership between the school district and the college,” Winter said. “And I think the more we can work together, the benefit is for the community.”

Having the college’s program on the Clarkston High School campus, even after school hours, could open doors for the younger students, he said.

“Hopefully we’re going to guide some kids into that program,” he said.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

—Board members added a year to Winter’s contract. Winter finished his first year of a three-year contract this month. The added year takes the remaining time on his contract back out to three years.

—A $45,000 project to seal Clarkston High School’s roof has been completed, Winter said. Spokane company Paint Crafters Plus Inc. applied a silicone-based coating to the northwestern section of the school, a project approved by the board in June and intended to end a long history of leaks at the school.

—Security cameras are scheduled to be installed in September, and intercom systems in the district’s buildings will be evaluated later this summer by the same Northwest-based company, Ednetics, which has an office in Moscow. After a suspect in an alleged nearby shooting was arrested outside Lincoln Middle School and Heights Elementary School in June, Winter said security became a focus for the district over the summer.

“We just want to be sure that the schools are safe for our students and our staff,” he said.

—The board approved the purchase of a $100,000 industrial mower to replace a similar, 30-year-old machine. The mower, a Toro 5910 Groundsmaster, cuts an 18-foot swath. Board member Lloyd Wallis said the price tag gave him pause until he learned the mower is more akin to farm equipment than lawn equipment.

—Contract negotiations between the district and the Clarkston Education Association and Clarkston Classified Association are scheduled for Aug. 12-13. The negotiations aren’t open to the public.

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