PSD Rolls Back Taxes For Third Year In A Row

In 2011, Pioneer Citizens approved the three year Maintenance & Operations Levy. This levy was approved for $3,254,750.00. At our board meeting in October, the Pioneer School Board of Directors approved a reduction of this collection amount by $406,119.00.

Therefore, we will now collect $2,848,631.00 from local tax payers. This roll back occurred because of increased State and Federal revenue after levy calculations had been prepared. This increase in funding replaced the need to collect these funds from local taxpayers.

November 1, 2013/ Pioneer School District News Release

Community Foundation Funds ThurstonABC

Olympia, WA---The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound announced that its Board of Directors has approved a grant up to $80,000 for the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (ThurstonABC) to expand their work and provide coordination and administrative support to the coalition’s efforts. Now in its sixth year, ThurstonABC’s goal is to shorten the pathway out of poverty for people living in Thurston County.  The five “HUBS” -- housing, food, health, income and financial literacy—are networks of nonprofit, business and government partners working in common sectors.  ThurstonABC’s focus is on collaboration within and between the sectors to reach and support the people they serve in common.  

The grant will fund contract positions to manage and organize the partners’ work to broaden this initiative’s reach and capacity.  Grant funds will also engage organizational development resources to continue integration within the broader community.  ThurstonABC’s goal is to form a seamless network of partners working together to create an environment where barriers to self-sufficiency for people with limited incomes are minimized.

“This grant supports a community defined strategy, including enhanced collaboration in service delivery for our residents seeking an effective pathway out of poverty,” says Norma Schuiteman, The Community Foundation’s executive director.   The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound made the grant through its partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on alleviating intergenerational poverty. “Their efforts exemplify the type of community- identified priorities we are committed to support,” she adds.
“This grant will take the impact of our work to the next level.  With the assistance of paid coordinators and other key support we believe our work will benefit people throughout Thurston County by better serving those in need,” says Robert Coit, ThurstonABC chair.  The grant will also fund work to clearly define organizational priorities, build a budget around those, and implement a fund development plan.  “We are grateful to The Community Foundation for seeing the intrinsic value of our collaborative vision and its capacity to assist the greater community,” Coit adds.

November 1, 2013/ The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound News Release

Hunter-Angler Rep's Needed

State Parks Commission looks for hunter-angler representative to serve on Boating Safety Advisory Council.OLYMPIA – Oct. 30, 2013 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Recreational Boating Safety Program invites hunters or anglers who use a boat in their sport to apply for an open position on the program’s Boating Safety Advisory Council.

The Boating Safety Advisory Council is a 15-member committee that provides recommendations to the program on ways to enhance boating safety statewide for all types of recreational boating. The term of service for the position is three years.

The Council meets four times a year at the Washington State Parks Headquarters Office in Tumwater. Meetings typically occur twice in the spring and twice in the fall and generally run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Council may be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with State Parks policy.

Council members are selected from applications and appointed by the Commission or a designee. The committee is comprised of members from boating clubs with statewide membership, citizens at large and public agencies. Membership includes the Northwest Marine Trade Association, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Recreational Boating Association of Washington, Northwest Boating Council, Association of Washington Cities, Washington Association of County Officials, U.S. Power Squadrons, Pacific International Yachting Association, Washington Water Trails Association. Also represented on the committee are other segments of boating, including safety education, unaffiliated boaters, manual-powered watercraft owners, personal watercraft owners, anglers and hunters and whitewater boaters.

Any interested parties are invited to request an application by calling Doni Thomas, Boating Program administrative assistant, at (360) 902-8832, or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition to the application, candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a resume and three references. Application materials are due by Nov. 19. They may be submitted by e-mail or by regular mail, to:
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Boating Programs
PO Box 42654
Olympia, WA 98504-2654

November 1, 2013/Washington State Parks Public Notice

RecruitMilitary - Veteran Job Fair

WHAT:      Special hiring event for veterans and military spouses
WHEN:     Thursday, November 14, 2013
                  11AM – 3PM
WHERE:   Safeco Field
                  1250 1st Avenue South
                  Seattle, WA 98134
WHY:        Answering the nation's Veteran Hiring Challenge
HOW:       Connecting hundreds of veterans with veteran-friendly employers
This is an excellent opportunity to meet local heroes and report on veteran hiring in your community.