Superintendent's Message

           Upcoming:  Renewal of the Maintenance & Operations Levy

Message from
Mark Heid, Superintendent
Goldendale School District No.404

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Goldendale School District No. 404

A message from

Mark Heid, Superintendent

Dear Student, Parents and Community Members,

This coming February 2018, we will ask the voters in our community to renew the school Maintenance & Operations Levy for the 2019 and 2020 school years. This levy will be critical for our ability to continue to offer a well-rounded curriculum for our students. The levy also provides funding to meet the annual needs for maintenance and operations of our school facilities and grounds.

The current levy was passed four years ago by our gracious and supportive community at approximately $2.20 per thousand of assessed valuation, which provided approximately $2.7 million dollars. This last levy provided support for many programs that include counselors, music and physical education teachers, extra-curricular activities (band, music, drama, athletics, etc.), transportation services, student food services programs, career/college preparation programs and more.

The 2019-2020 replacement levy we are requesting your support for has been changed due to recent Legislation that was passed. Our M&O Levy rate will now be capped at $1.50 per thousand of assessed valuation, which will reduce the levy to approximately $1.9 million dollars. This could potentially devastate the student programs our community has always supported in past years. 

Also due to this legislative action, all state school districts will lose a great deal of flexibility of how to utilize funding. Please plan on attending one of the upcoming community meetings regarding the school levy so I can share all of the details and answer questions. The first community meeting is scheduled for:

        Date:               JANUARY 4, 2018      

        Time:               5:30 PM


We are working daily to determine the funding effects on our district, staff and students. Thank you for your support in the past and in the future.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 773-5177, email me at, or stop by the office at 604 E. Brooks Street, Goldendale. 

You may also contact any of the school principals, John Westerman at GHS @ 773-5846, Dave Barta at GMS @ 773-4323 or Chip Ferrell at GPS @ 773-4665.

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Superintendent's Office Staff:

Lori Hackbarth, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Human Resources
Dean Schlenker, Business Manager/Public Records Officer
Michelle Watson, Payroll Officer
Nancy Mains, Accounts Payable Clerk
Stephen McCandless, Technology Director
Steven Randall, Maintenance Supervisor

604 East Brooks Street
Goldendale WA 98620
(509) 773-5177
Fax (509) 773-6028