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					Page A2 - The Reflector - December 14, 2011
                                     had an increase in school district                                                                                                                broken light. I went to the City
          ROTC                       funding the past two years. We                                                                                    BG Mayor                        manager about it and we had
   Continued from page A1            are having to rely on fundrais-                                                                                 Continued from page A1            crews out there the next day
                                     ing and contributions to make                                                                                                                     fixing it. She called me back
petitive drill teams; competitive    ends meet.”                                                                                                  served in a leadership capacity      and told me that I had totally
and community Color Guards;             Reinholz said they have al-                                                                               within the City and has an un-       restored her faith in govern-
competitive strength team; Air       ways had to supplement the                                                                                   derstanding of the processes.”       ment. I was happy that I could
Rifle; marching in parades; food     funding they receive from the                                                                                    Ciraulo said he thinks Gan-      demonstrate to her and to others
drives; toy drives; Walk and         Air Force and the district at                                                                                ley might be a likely candidate      that the government in Battle
Knock; Diabetes Walk/Run; Bi-        Prairie with their booster club                                                                              for the deputy mayor position,       Ground wants to be responsive
Zi Farms fundraising and more.       fundraising efforts, but he said                                                                             since he is experienced, knows       to people’s needs.”
Cadets can also participate in       fundraising will be even more                                                                                how to run the meetings and             Ciraulo posted on his Fa-
Orienteering, Model Rocket and       critical this year.                                                                                          has been the mayor before.           cebook page Mon., Dec. 5, re-
Airplane Club, Chess Club, Cy-          “We never have enough mon-                                                                                    Walters said she didn’t feel     garding his decision not to seek
ber Patriot and Academic Chal-       ey to pay for all the supplies and                                                                           comfortable commenting on            re-election.
lenge.                               activities we provide,” Reinholz                                                                             who might become the next               The post stated: “To every-
   Brown said cadets in the          said. “For example, our Air Ri-                                                                              Battle Ground mayor at this          thing there is a season. Tonight
Battle Ground Program perform        fle Program is totally funded by                                                                             time, due to the fact that the       marked my final City Council
numerous Color Guards for the        the booster club.”                                                                                           council members haven’t yet          meeting as the mayor. It has
school’s sporting events and as-        Brown and Reinholz both                                                                                   nominated or voted on a coun-        been an honor to serve as the
semblies and also perform Col-       said that being involved with the                                                                            cil member for mayor. She said       mayor for this great City for the
or Guards at middle schools and      JROTC Program is a rewarding                                                                                 if she was the person who was        last four years. As most of you
different organizations in the       experience.                                                                                                  chosen to be the next mayor, it      know, my priority has always
City of Battle Ground. He said          “This has been and contin-                                                                                “is something I would do.”           been my profession and due to
cadets also participate in com-      ues to be a very rewarding ex-                                                                                   Ciraulo said he enjoyed in-      demands on my time, I have de-
munity service events such as        perience leading these cadets                                                                                teracting at multiple levels in      cided to not seek re-election as
Battle Ground Halloween cross-       to become better citizens for                                                                                the community as mayor, and          the mayor in 2012. I will still
ing guards, participating in Walk    America and watching them            JUNIOR ROTC CADETS participate in a three-week Lead-                    he enjoyed being able to speak       serve Battle Ground as a coun-
and Knock for the North County       excel academically and earning       ership School every summer. This photo was taken at the                 to a variety of different groups     cil member and plan on being
Community Food Bank, Main            scholarships and appointments        Portland Air National Guard Base.                                       and enjoyed being able to help       actively involved in our com-
Street clean ups and marching        to colleges and universities and     in competing for Academy ap-         people.                              munity. I commit to fully sup-
in several community parades.        appointments to the Academies        pointments and ROTC scholar-           For more information on the          “An elderly lady called me       port our new mayor and look
   After retiring from the Air       (Air Force Academy, West             ships.”                             Prairie JROTC Program, con-         once about a street light that       for good things to come.”
Force in 2003, Reinholz said he      Point, etc.),” Brown said. “There        For more information on         tact Reinholz at (360) 885-5047     was out on her street,” Ciraulo         In his post, Ciraulo also
went back to school for a gradu-     is no commitment whatsoever          the Battle Ground High School       or by email at reinholz.david@      said. “She said she had heard        thanked the community for
ate degree in education and has      to serve in the Military, but our    JROTC Program, contact Brown                     I was the mayor and thought          their support and thanked his
been teaching high school since      cadets have a tremendous edge        at (360) 885-6534 or by email at                                        maybe I could help her with the      wife, Gilda.
2004. He became the senior
JROTC instructor at Prairie this
                                                                             “When (the Columbia Tech            When asked why the college           “When you consider that our      area, Ridgefield or Battle
year and said the setting is fa-
miliar, although it is quite a bit
                                      Clark College                       Center) successfully opened,        is considering expanding in the     current headcount at Clark Col-      Ground, the college should se-
different than teaching math and        Continued from page A1            the college’s focus turned to       face of steep budget cuts, Kerr     lege at Columbia Tech Center is      lect.
physics. He said running the                                              northern-central Clark County       pointed out the college was         2,092, the (number of students           “Battle Ground is definitely
                                     majority of students tradition-      – another area of population        founded in 1933 in the midst        in north or central Clark Coun-      the better choice,” she said.
program is extremely reward-         ally commute to class. Battle
ing, but is also very time con-                                           growth and projected growth,”       of the Great Depression and         ty) indicate why the college is          Previous statements by
                                     Ground Community Develop-            Kerr stated via email.              has strived to meet the ever in-    exploring the construction of a      PeaceHealth, the parent corpo-
suming.                              ment Director Robert Maul
JROTC budget cuts                                                            According to Kerr, economic      creasing educational needs of       new facility in northern/central     ration of Southwest Washing-
                                     believes travel time estimates       factors and planning require-       the area, even during tough eco-    Clark County,” Kerr stated.          ton Medical Center, indicate the
   Both Brown and Reinholz           don’t give either city an advan-
said the Air Force JROTC has                                              ments mean it will be years be-     nomic times.                            For Battle Ground resident       health care giant is willing to
                                     tage.                                fore construction would start for      “As our region grows, the        and Clark College student, Sta-      enter a partnership with Clark
experienced a drastic cut in its        “You have similar travel
budget this year. Brown said                                              the proposed satellite campus.      demand for higher educa-            cey White, 24, a satellite cam-      College at a satellite campus to
                                     times for Ridgefield and Battle         “We currently believe that       tion will grow. In good budget      pus in the area appeals to her       train health care workers. How-
that all of the more than 900        Ground,” he said.
Air Force JROTC programs are                                              it may be 8-10 years before         times and bad, Clark College is     desire to sleep in.                  ever, PeaceHealth staff stated
                                        What makes Battle Ground          ground could be broken on the       committed to staying focused            “I wouldn’t have to get up as    the organization is not prepared
facing about a 50 percent cut in     a more appealing location is its
funding. He said those cuts were                                          project,” she stated.               on meeting those needs. That        early to get to classes on time,”    to make a statement at this
                                     status as a “full service city”         The same economic chal-          means making difficult budget       she said.                            time.
in Operations and Maintenance,       located in the “heart of Clark
which is the primary funding                                              lenges that may delay construc-     decisions today while still look-       In contrast to White’s time          The college declined to
                                     County,” according to Maul.          tion of a satellite campus are      ing long-term and planning for      management concerns, Battle          comment on specific details
account JROTC units use which           “All of north and east county
pays for field trips, supplies,                                           currently inflicting severe fi-     the future,” Kerr stated.           Ground High School senior Al-        regarding possible real estate
                                     residents funnel through Battle      nancial hardship on the college.       According to enrollment in-      exa Jackson, 18, believes the        transactions related to the satel-
uniform alterations and dry          Ground daily and we have ev-
cleaning. He said there is also                                           After years of decreasing state     formation provided by Kerr,         courses offered, not location,       lite campus. According to Kerr,
                                     ery amenity to meet student          funding, the college received       3,802 current Clark College         will determine enrollment.           Clark College Board of Trustee
no funding at all for Summer         needs,” Maul said.
Leadership School Programs                                                $31.3 million in general edu-       students are from zip codes as-         “It’s not the location at all,   discussions on real estate trans-
                                        Clark College has considered      cation funding for the 2007-08      sociated with north and central     it’s the courses offered that at-    actions will likely take place
and Flight Orientation.              expanding into North Clark
   “The cuts have made it very                                            academic year. For the current      Clark County. The number of         tracts people to a college,” she     during Executive Sessions
                                     County since 2009 after open-        school year, state funding was      students from the area support      said.                                closed to the public, as permit-
difficult to support as well as      ing the Columbia Tech Center
participate in the many activities                                        down to $24.6 million and state     expansion, according to Kerr.           Jackson has no doubt which       ted by state law.
                                     in east Vancouver, according to      proposed cuts would remove
cadets are involved in doing,”       Clark College Director of Com-
Brown said. “Also, we have not                                            another $3 million from the col-
                                     munications Barbara Kerr.            lege’s budget for next year.

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