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Government Affairs By Peter Bennett

Chamber board supports school bond Because of the school funding implications of the McCleary decision the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee has increased their attention to educational issues being discussed in Olympia. The weekly meetings held with Gary Chandler of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) and our elected state senators and state representatives regularly address how the Chamber can, and should, support our local schools and the school superintendents from both Kelso and Longview are often in attendance at the meetings. The Longview school Superintendent Dan Zorn was the speaker at the September monthly meeting of the committee. Dr. Zorn explained the status of the school district’s buildings and the decision-making process that was used to develop a school bond proposal for the November 2017 ballot. The leader of the community group supporting the bond issue, Jo Brewer, was also at the meeting and she explained

the effort underway to inform the public of the necessity for this bond and build the necessary support to get the measure passed. Following the presentation and discussion of the need and purpose for the bond revenues, the committee unanimously voted in favor of recommending that the Chamber Board take an official position in support of the school bond levy as follows: “The Kelso-Chamber Board of Directors in recognition of the importance of quality education to the economic vitality of this area fully supports the Longview Public Schools bond request on the November 7, 2017 ballot.” We were happy to hear that the Board accepted and acted on our recommendation will replace and renovate the four school buildings that are in most urgent need of improvement.

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Lance Welch, President

Chris Bailey Lower Columbia College

Nick Lemiere Edward Jones

Clayton J. Bartness, DC Longview Chiropractic Clinic

Chris Roewe Woodford Commercial Real Estate

Neil Zick, Treasurer

Ken Botero Longview City Council

Tom Rozwod NORPAC/Weyerhaeuser

Michael Claxton, Legal Counsel

Bob Crisman Gallery of Diamonds

Ted Sprague Cowlitz Economic Development Council

Julie Rinard, Past President

Wendy Hutchinson Millennium Bulk Terminals

Steve Taylor Kelso City Manager

Joel Hanson, Past Past President

Wendy Kosloski Teague's Interiors

Dennis Weber Cowlitz County Commissioner

PeaceHealth

Linda DiLembo, President Elect Three Rivers Mall

Frank Panarra, Vice President Foster Farms

Twin City Bank

Walstead Mertsching

Community Home Health & Hospice KLOG/KUKN/The Wave

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