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ORADUATES Continued from page A-1 CHOICE Alternative School Principal Stacey Anderson commended the graduates for their perseverance. "A number of you have re- turned to school after taking a break from your education; others have struggled with ad- dictions; and still others have had to cope with homelessness or the effects of poverty," she said. "However, you all have one thing in common: you did not let your challenges define who you are. Instead, you used your experiences to grow per- sonally and to beneit others. "Members of this class have testified in front of the state Legislature to help our local officials understand the needs of homeless youth," she added. "Others of you have consciously chosen to engage in healthy be- haviors that are inspirational to their peers. Still others have participated in sports or cultur- al events with your tribe or in your community." Anderson said the gradua- tion "symbolizes your transi- tion into adulthood." "No longer can you say, 'I am not responsible, I am just in high school,' " she said. "People will now expect you "! want nothing more than to lead a life (my father) would be proud of." KeAndra Radchenko, CHOICE Alternative School graduate to get a job, pay for own bills, and yes, have car insurance." "Yeah!" yelled a man in the au- dience. Anderson advised the grad- uates to learn their responsi- bilities, celebrate their accom- plishments and visit the school to share how they are making a difference. "I encourage you to seek out the people who will help you along your path, whether you are going to college, into the workforce, or into the mili- tary," she said. "There are sup- portive people out there who will encourage you along the way, if you are willing to ask for help." The student speaker was Radchenko. She talked about dropping out of Oakland Bay Junior High at age 13, and then giving school another shot at Shelton High School. "I didn't get the support I needed," she said, But Radchenko earned her diploma with CHOICE, and plans to attend college. She said she wants to operate a shelter for youths and young adults. Radchenko said her father died just as she was beginning to succeed in school. "I want nothing more than to lead a life he would be proud of," she said. ELECTION Continued from page A-1 below 34 percent, according to the Ma- son County AuditoFs Office. An Elma School District bond pro- posal failed, but voters approved a re- placement levy. School levies require a simple major- ity -- or 50 percent plus 1 -- to pass. Shelton School District Shelton School District voters ap- proved with 62 percent a replacement of an expiring levy that supports edu- cational programs and operational ex- penses through 2017. The levy amounts to $7.1 million for 2015, and will cost district taxpayers $4.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value. "The levy makes up about 17 percent of our district's budget," said Superin- tendent Wayne Massie. "It supports so many activities as well as educational opportunities for our students. To lose any of that would be quite devastating." The levy provides money for teach- ers, athletics and other activities, transportation, technology, utilities, maintenance of facilities, swimming pool and auditorium expenses, support for at-risk students, library and nurs- ing and other expenses, according to the school district. Mary M. Knight Mary M, Knight School District vot- ers approved by 59 percent a replace- ment of an expiring levy to cover main- tenance and operations for 2015 and 2016. The levy amounts to $687,677 for 2015 and will cost district taxpayers $4.15 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Superintendent Beth Daneker said Matlock residents have always been supportive of school district levies. "I'm grateful that they understand the importance of a quality school," she said. The levy will fund elementary and high school music and physical educa- tion classes, instructional materials, administrative services, athletics and activities, technology, kindergarten and pre-school classes, food service and other programs, according to the school district. "It funds the things that the state doesn't consider basic education," Daneker said. Southside Voters in the Southside School Dis- trict approved by 55 percent a replace- ment maintenance and operations levy for 2015 through 2018. Beautiful Valentine Gift Ideas ,,,and the glft of Health ..-- "-.om...'"'y ,o.,,,..,,..,.,,.,,o.,,,,,. ., A Varied Collection of Unique Gifts, Jewelry, Personal Items and GMP Supplements. Dragoun's Leir Safeway Plaza Belfair, Suite K (360) 277-9434. In facebook.com/dragounleir '02 Buick Rendezvous 3rd Row Seating, AWD 1999 Tahoe Clean, Runs Great! '04 Ford Freestar Van LOW Miles, New Tires CLEAN! 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KNIGHT SCHOOL DISTRICT: 59 percent voter approval; $687,677 levy for 2015 SOUTHSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT: 55 percent voter approval; $690,000 levy for 2015 PIONEER SCHOOL DISTRICT: 63 percent voter approval; $2.84 million levy in 2015 McCLEARY SCHOOL DISTRICT: 64 percent voter approval (66 percent in Mason County); $685,000 levy in 2015 ELMA SCHOOL DISTRICT: 63.5 percent voter approval; $3.1 million levy in 2015 ELMA SCHOOL DISTRICT: 46 percent voter approval (failed); $8.4 million bond in 2015 The levy amounts to $690,000 for 2015 and will cost district taxpayers $3.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The levy provides money to maintain classroom sizes, for instructional assis- tants, transportation, special education, books, training for teachers, mainte- nance of school facilities and other pro- grams, according to the school district. Pioneer Pioneer School District voters ap- proved by 63 percent a replacement maintenance and operations levy for 2015 through 2017. The levy amounts to $2,848,631 in 2015 and will cost district taxpayers $2.32 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current levy amount for 2014 is $3.25 million. The levy will provide money for cus- todial and maintenance needs, early learning, extracurricular programs, athletics, special program teachers, safety, teacher training, technology and transportation, according to the school district. McCleary A small number of Mason County residents live in the Elma and McCleary school districts. The 24 Mason County voters in the McCleary School District voted in fa- vor of an expiring maintenance and op- eration levy for 2015 and 2016 with 66 percent. The district-wide total was 64 percent. The levy amounts to $685,000 in 2015 and will cost district taxpayers $3.78 per $1,000 assessed property value. The levy provides money for all-day kindergarten and preschool, music classes, sports and extra-curricular ac- tivities, textbooks and supplies, school counseling, library services, repairs and maintenance and other programs, ac- cording to the district. Elma Elma School District voters -- in- chiding 197 Mason County residents -- approved a replacement maintenance and operations levy by 63.5 percent and rejected a proposition to sell $8.4 mil- lion in bonds to build a new stadium with 54 percent. The replacement levy will cover 2015 and 2016 and amounts to $3,170,610 in 2015. It will cost district taxpayers $3.69 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The levy will support student pro- grams, instructional materials, staff support, transportation and other pro- grams, according to the district. The Board of Directors of the Elma School District also asked voters to ap- prove a bond issue of 20-year, $8.4 mil- lion bond to finance construction of a new stadium. , Clean, Secure . 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