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THE QUINCY VALLEY OST G-IS QUINCY • GEORGE • CRESCENT BAR • WINCHESTER • SUNLAND ESTATES Thursday, September 4, 2003 • Quincy, Washington ° 10 pages ° 75 cents ° Volume 55, Number 14 ° USPS No 453-080 SDA loan provides inertia to Port's intermodal project KADYK Editor puts us in business." That reaction of Port Commission Curt Morris to news that request for a $3.8 loan from the United States of Agriculture (USDA) to fund the Port's intermodal facility. The site of the project is a mile- long stretch of property located be- tween roads O and P NW just east of Quincy and north of Highway 28. The intermodal site is touted as a hub between the major cross-state highways in the state and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail- road mainline. The 320-acre site is located in the geographic center of the state. The Port expects its site to be in one of the best possible locations for trans- porting cargo into the ports of Seattle and Tacoma from Eastern Washing- ton. In addition to the export volumes expected to move through the facility, the Port has initiated discussions with importers and major retailers concern- ing possible distribution centers within the intermodal facility. Port Commissioner Brian Kuest said, "$1.8 million will be used to refinance the 320-acre parcel on which the intermodal site is located. The additional $2 million will be used to complete the basic railroad track and infrastructure necessary to make the site usable. Initial projections from engineering firms working on the project estimate that the site could be functional in early spring of 2004." In addition, the port is pursuing two $2 million grants. A grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has already received funding approval and the only other contender for the money (the Port of Chelan) has given its blessing to the Quincy project. The other grant would be in federal appropriations, requested by Senator Patty Murray, who visited the intermodal site last month. uncil looks-into mpty buildings Off-street parking ordinance amended JIM KADYK existing ordinances were I one new one was added at City Council meet- The newest ordinance sets stan- , build- including criteria for windows, minting, roofing and land- of the amended ordinances ]irements for prop- used for child day-care centers. action will allow operation of the Patch Daycare bn a 12,000 site in the southeast portion [the city. Another of the amended ordinances fencing and vision obstruc- location of fences and hedges. The final amendment was made to that governs off-street When the access to such park- Is via an alley, the city will now the property owner to pave the parking area. from the public spoke during heating on the ordinances. presentations led off the meet- John Perushek, administrator of Valley Medical Center, in- :il on the importance to community of passage of the hospital's levy and Ryan Graves of the Boys & Girls Club asked the council to consider funding for his agency in 2004. The council also: • Approved a training request for Debbie Ramsey and Rhonda Duff to attend a Civil Service conference in Yakima. • Approved a fire mobilization inter- agency agreement with the Washington State Patrol. It will allow the city to be reimbursed for fire mobilization costs. • Heard a report from Curt Morris regarding the city's insurance for 2003- 2004. The annual premium is $90,453. • Voted to approve a request from Port Commissioner Patric Co nnelly that the city pay $3,000 toward refinishing the runway at Quincy Municipal Air- port. The port has obtained a $260,000 grant, but is required to come up with 5 percent of the total. • Authorized execution of an agree- ment with the Washington State De- partment of Information Services. The agreement will allow the city to pur- chase Microsoft software products at favorable pricing. • Approved change orders on the 2000 sidewalk improvement project and the 2003 street overlay project. • Authorized payments for work done on the 2000 sidewalk project and the student/pedestrian safety improvement project. • Approved payment for demolition of the "Old Spud Shed." Public Works Director Dan Frazier said the work is 97 percent complete. • Reached a consensus to hold a council retreat at the city hall on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. • Rescheduled the next council meet- ing to Monday, Sept. 15, to avoid a conflict with the primary election. We're back] Above - First-graders Dena Smith, Eli Castro, Fernando Medina Ramos and Joel Castaneda enjoy the reading tent in Mrs. Eilert's classroom at Mountain View Elementary School. Right - Junior high students discuss the first day back to school over lunch. Janet Lybbert/Post-Register L res. 4th Grade WASL Trend loo 2O o Math Reading Writing Listening 1 looe-or D leer 9s 11998-99 ~ 1999-00 1 2000-01 ~i 2001-02 ~ 2002-03 7th Grade WASL Trend 100~ Math Reading Writing "Ustening [] 7-98 • .s-99 [] J-oo • 2000-01 m 200 -02 [] 2002.03 QUINCY VALLEY HOME OF Cricket Boettner ......... ° ......... 2 IEWS BRIEFS.... .................. 3 ......... )4 CONTEST ............ 5 SPORTS ................... 6-7 (~OMMUNITY .......... 8 CLASSIFIEDS ................... 9 ~CHOOLS ................... 10 Left- Fourth-graders around the Quincy Valley improved immensely in writing. Right-The seventh-graders at Quincy Junior High School improved in all four categories. Record highs at junior high, fourth grade levels BY JIM KADYK Post- Register Editor Teachers throughout the Quincy School District are smiling - and it's not just because school is back in session. Rather, local educators are ecstatic over improved scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) tests that were re- leased last week. WASL tests are administered throughout the state to fourth-, sev- enth- and 10th-graders. The scores just released are especially important because they will be used as the basis for measuring "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Under this federal law, schools and districts will be held accountable for making increases in the achievement of students on the WASL. Achievement will be mea- sured for all students, as well as sev- eral subgroups of students based on special education needs, race and ethnicity, English-language fluency and family income. "We are real proud of the scores we got," said a beaming Howard Cook, the Quincy interim school superinten- dent. "The principals are very ex- cited," he added. Cook especially noted the improve- ment in WASL scores by seventh- graders at Quincy Junior High. While this year's scores were still behind statewide averages, the school posted record highs in all four categories tested by WASL. Especially noteworthy was the per- formance in writing - as 53.8 percent of last year's seventh-graders passed the WASL standards. That's the same percentage recorded in Wenatchee and higher than the score earned in Ephrata. The math portion of the test is still the most difficult for Quincy seventh- graders. Only 23.2 percent passed the WASL standard - but that's exactly double the percentage from a year ago. Students who started the eighth grade earlier this week also showed significant gains in reading and lis- tening. Reading scores jumped from 20.2 percent a year ago to 33.2 percent this time around, Listening was what those kids do best - with 76.7 percent passing the standard - up from 61.7 percent a year ago. Students in the fourth grade at Pio- neer Elementary and George Elemen- tary posted their best scores ever in three of the four categories. Espe- cially outstanding was the perfor- mance in writing, as 60 percent of the district's fourth-graders passed the WASL standard. That exceeds the statewide average of 53.6 percent and bested scores in Wenatchee, Ephrata and Eastmont. The two grade schools showed wide differences in two categories. George students posted a 71.4 percent passing grade in listening, compared to 44.3 percent at Pioneer. The tables were turned in mathematics, where Pioneer scored 38.2 percent to George's 14.3 percent. please see WASL page 3 i i , i il :! !