Sherman County eNews #378

Sherman County eNews #378

  1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 14
  1. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Agenda, Dec. 14
  2. Notice: Sherman County Court Work Session, Dec. 21
  3. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Blog: Subscribe
  4. Cattlemen Boast Growing Numbers at Annual Convention
  5. Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Basketball Schedule Update
  6. Links


“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” —Samuel Adams (1780)

1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 14 Public Meeting Announcement


 The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015. This meeting will be preceded by a Work Session at 6:30 p.m.  These meetings will take place in the meeting room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library.  Please find the agenda below.

Jeanie Pehlke

Confidential Secretary

Sherman County School District

541.565.3500  g 541.565.3319 (Fax)

2. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Agenda, Dec. 14

Sherman County School District

Board of Directors Meeting

Public/School Library

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039



December 14, 2015


6:30 p.m. Work Session |  7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting


6:30 p.m. WORK SESSION

Presentation – North Central Education Service District


    1. Pledge of Allegiance
    2. Approve Board Meeting Agenda, December 14, 2015

(The Sherman County School District Board of Directors welcomes and encourages public comment and communication regarding District programs and policies. If you wish to speak, please place your name and the specific topic you wish to comment on prior to the meeting on the signup sheet on the counter near the entrance.  Because time available is limited, there may be a time limit placed on each person who wishes to speak. The Chair has authority to keep order and to impose any reasonable restrictions necessary to conduct an efficient meeting. The Board reserves the right to delay discussion on any item presented until later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting. Objective criticism of operations and programs will be heard but not complaints concerning specific personnel. Thank you.)

    1. Audience Communications (Testimony related to agenda items.)


  1. Recognition of Students, Staff, and Community Members
  2. Sherman Jr./Sr. High Student Body Report



(All items adopted by a single motion unless pulled for consideration)

    1. Business
      1. Approve Special School Board Meeting Minutes for November 5, 2015
      2. Approve Regular School Board Meeting Minutes for November 9, 2015
      3. Bill Listing
    2. Personnel
      1. Final Hire Leta Ann Reckmann, Temporary School Custodian
      2. Approve Doug Martin, Volunteer 5/6 Grade Girls Basketball Coach


    1. Superintendent Report – Wes Owens
    2. Administrator Report for Jr./Sr. High – Bill Blevins
    3. Dean of Students Report for Sherman Elementary – Cindie King
    4. Snow Route Presentation – Mid Columbia Bus Company
    5. Construction Project Manager Report – Mike Marino


Approve Grass Valley Modular Removal Bid/ Approve Insurance Payout for Modular and Contents

OSBA Training – January 14, 2015

Approve 2015-16 Superintendent Goals

Superintendent Evaluation Tool/Process

Second Reading Policy KG-AR(1), Community Use of District Facilities

Second Reading Policy KG-AR(2), Building Use Request Form

Preschool Integration into Comprehensive K-12 Facility Continued Discussion

Lease Agreement with South Sherman Fire

Sherman County Housing Proposal Update

Design Committee Meeting Update

Discussion Phase II Construction Options

Condon Baseball Co-op Discussion



First Reading Policy IKF (AR) Graduation Requirements

First Reading Policy EBCD Emergency Closures

Declare Surplus Items

1 – 1 ½ Horse Craftsmen woodshop bandsaw

1 – Delta dust collector 1 horse 120v

1 – Delta dust collector 3 horse 230v

2 – Smokeater air filtration system

1 – Large Metal axel grinder

2015-16 03 Transfer of Appropriations

2015-16 04 IDEA Grant

Naming New Facilities Discussion

Grass Valley Property Potential Use Discussion

Oregon Virtual Education Charter Agreement


Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.)




Next regular board meeting, January 11, 2016




The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

American with Disabilities Act: Please contact the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate. Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.



3. Notice: Sherman County Court Work Session, Dec. 21

The Sherman County Court will hold a work session with Kate Sinner, Regional Solutions Coordinator, on December 21, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the Office of the County Court.  The purpose of the work session is an end of the year review.

~ Lauren Hernandez

Administrative Assistant

Sherman County Court

PO Box 365

Moro, OR 97039



 4. Cottonwood Canyon State Park Blog: Subscribe




5. Cattlemen Boast Growing Numbers at Annual Convention

SALEM, Ore., (12/9/2015) — Hawaii, Wyoming, Washington D.C. and of course, Oregon, were a couple of many states represented at this year’s Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Bend, Oregon. The event was well attended with over 300 Oregon ranchers registering and hosted a myriad of industry speakers from across America. Jerome Rosa, executive director for OCA, praised the event. “I thought this year’s Convention was outstanding,” Rosa said. He felt all the speakers were great and was excited to have National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Kristina Butts from Washington D.C. presenting. “We were really privileged to have Kristina speak. She was very enlightening on many issues.” Young Oregon rancher, Tierra Kessler, appreciated being able to connect with other ranchers from around the state. “It’s an opportunity to see other producers and catch up with them while learning what’s going on in the industry.” Kessler also valued the variety of presentations offered, specifically a class on QuickBooks and a presentation from National Young Beef Leader Keith Nantz. “As a young producer, I enjoyed attending Young Cattlemen events and listening to what’s coming up,” she said. The event came to a close with a banquet and a concert by Oregon’s Joni Harms. The evening honored Paulette Pyle of Oregonians for Food and Shelter and celebrated the association’s outgoing president Ray Sessler and welcomed new president John O’Keeffe. Sessler felt like the event was a success and a great conclusion to his presidency. “That I can remember, this was the best attended Convention that I’ve seen in the last few years. It means the organization is growing and that is positive.” Rosa noted OCA is sad to see one man go but excited to see another come in. “We are sad to see Ray leave as he did tremendous work for OCA and will be missed.” He added that O’Keeffe is well respected, knowledgeable of the cattle industry and will do a great job of leading the cattlemen. O’Keeffe commented that he is “looking forward to meeting the many outstanding individuals who make up the livestock industry in this state.” O’Keeffe started his term as OCA president after the conclusion of the cattlemen’s business meeting on December 5. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.


6. Sherman Jr./Sr. High School Basketball Schedule Update


Dec. 1 Tues. St. Mary’s St. Mary’s No Game 3:30 No Game 4:30 1:30 SES

1:45 SJSHS

Dec. 7 Mon. Arlington Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00    
Dec. 12 Sat. ‘A’ Tourney Dufur No Game No Game 10:00 10:00 8:15 from SJSHS

8:25 from Wasco

8:35 from Biggs

Dec. 15 Tues. Lyle/Wishram Lyle No Game No Game 4:00 5:00 2:30 SJSHS 2:20
Jan. 4 Mon. St. Mary’s Sherman Elem. No Game 4:00 No Game 5:00    
Jan. 7 Thurs. Dufur Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00    
Jan. 11 Mon. Horizon Hood River Cancelled Cancelled No Game Cancelled 1:30 SES

1:45 SJSHS

Jan. 13 Wed. Condon Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00    
Jan. 14 Thurs. South Wasco Sherman Elem. 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00    
Jan. 25 Mon. Arlington Arlington 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 1:00 SES

1:15 SJSHS

Jan. 28 Thurs. Dufur Dufur 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00 1:45 SES

2:00 SJSHS

Feb. 1 Mon. Horizon Sherman Elem. Cancelled Cancelled No Game Cancelled    
Feb. 4 Fri. South Wasco Maupin 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 1:15 SJSHS

1:00 SES

Feb. 13 Sat. Condon Condon 10:00 11:00 12:00 1:00 8:15 SJSHS



7. Links


Cottonwood Canyon State Park Blog: Subscribe


1859 Magazine: Oregon-made Gift Guide


Interactive Maps & Geospatial Data


Tiber River


The Chronicle of the Horse: Budweiser Clydesdales


USAF Band 2015 Holiday Flash Mob at Union Station in Washington, D.C.


Most Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas


Delco Light Plants


Squandered Resources on College Education


The Great Climate Propaganda Fail