KGH board elects new president, officers

Jim Mefford is the new president of the Kennewick Public Hospital District, officials said Friday.

The district's board held officer elections at its monthly meeting this week.

Marv Kinney was elected vice president. Wanda Briggs moves from vice president to board secretary. Briggs also has been the board president.

Former President Vic Johnson remains on the board.

Other board members are Rick Reil, Donna Vance and Kathy Davidson.

Burbank, Pasco teachers eligible for tech grant

Teachers in Pasco and Burbank are eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant.

The grant program -- called Teachers and Technology -- is paid for by the Qwest Foundation and is only available in school districts where Qwest phone service is available. Around the Tri-Cities, that means teachers in the Pasco and Columbia school districts can apply.

The program is open to public school teachers or teacher-librarians who are certified to teach in Washington.

To apply, teachers need to design a learning project that includes a technology component. Applicants must work with the grant application forms found at www.k12.wa.us/EdTech.

A Pasco teacher, Shelly Jo Wandler at Discovery Middle School, won one of the grants in 2009. Her project integrated math, science and social studies, using GPS data to build a detailed map of the school campus.

Grant applications are due Feb. 15. Winners are announced March 29.