Sherman County eNews #120


  1. The Dalles Art Center Artists’ Reception, Music, May 5

  2. Mother’s Day with the Family at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, May 8

  3.  Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, May 9

  4.  Oscar Lange New Memorial Power Boat Ramp Dedication, June 3

  5.  Federal Lands: Payments in Lieu of Taxes

  6.  Federal Lands: Payments in Lieu of Taxes by State & County

  7.  Tap Into Your Own Creativity

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1.The Dalles Art Center Artists’ Reception, Music, May 5

You are invited to the Opening Reception on Thursday, May 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center. This month we are featuring oil paintings from Katey Ellen Price, Laurel Bushman, and Sally Reichmth in our upstairs gallery. In addition to “Take Three – Oil Paintings”, we are featuring an “Art & Math” special exhibit by local Girls Inc. group, sponsored by Google. Stop by to enjoy the art, meet the artists, have a glass of Moody Toll Bridge wine, and listen to live music by Summit Bohannon on May 5, from 5 – 7 p.m.


2. Mother’s Day with the Family at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, May 8


Columbia Gorge Discovery Center offers free admission to everyone on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Elizabeth Woody, Oregon’s newest Poet Laureate, will do a reading at 1 p.m. Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Brunch, 11-2.

Humble Roots Farm & Nursery will be selling native plant seedlings from 10-3. Take a guided wildflower walk at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Columbia River Trading Co. will offer 20% off everything in the museum store. The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. For information, (541) 296-8600 x 201, or


3. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, May 9

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Public Meeting Announcement

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016. The meeting, open to the public, will reconvene at 7:00 p.m. following a closed Executive Session that will begin at 6:30 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) for the purpose of completing the evaluation of the superintendent. This meeting will be held in the program room of the Sherman Jr./Sr. High School/Public Library.  Please find the agenda [below].


Sherman County School District

Board of Directors Meeting

Public/School Library, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039


May 9, 2016

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



  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER                                                

    1. Pledge of Allegiance


      6:30 p.m. – Executive Session


    1. Pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) to Finish the Evaluation of the performance of the Superintendent.


      7:00 p.m. – Return to Open Session



  4. COMMENTS FROM VISITORS                                            

    (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. SJSHS Student Body Report


  6. ADOPTION OF CONSENT AGENDA                                   

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

    1. Business

      1. Approve School Board Meeting Minutes from April 11, 2016

      2. Bill Listing, Financial Statement


    2. Personnel

      1. Accept resignation of Cindie King

      2. Reduce TOSA position from 1.0 to 0.2 Instructional

        Coach/Scheduling/Supervision position.      

      3. Approve hire of Cindie King, 4th Grade Job Share for 2016-17 with MOA

      4. Approve hire of Susan Mobley, 4th Grade Job Share for 2016-17 with MOA



    1. North Central ESD – Mike Carroll

    2. Redevelopment of Grass Valley Facility – Mike Smith

    3. Superintendent Report – Wes Owens

    4. Administrator Report for Jr./Sr. High – Bill Blevins

    5. Dean of Students Report for Sherman Elementary – Cindie King

    6. Construction Project Manager Report – Mike Marino


  8. UNFINISHED BUSINESS                                                    

    1. Redevelopment of Grass Valley Facility Continued Discussion

    2. Sherman County Safety Committee Recommendation

    3. Sherman Preschool Integration/Lease

    4. Play Field Development Update

    5. Approve Smokestack Removal



    1. Accept Resignation of Britney Macnab

    2. Grass Valley Fencing Repurposing

    3. Early Entrance Policy – JEBA/JEBA AR – First Reading

    4. Potential Internet Connection Options

    5. Naming Facilities/Wing  


  10. COMMENTS FROM VISITORS                                            

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




  12. NEXT MEETING                                                                   

    1. Next regular board meeting, June 13, 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 Wes Owens at 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.

4. Oscar Lange Memorial Power Boat Ramp Dedication, June 3


WHEN: Friday, June 3, 2016, at 12 noon.

WHERE: Mack’s Canyon Campground on the Deschutes River. The campground is 17 miles down river (north) below Sherar’s Bridge on the BLM gravel road. Plan an hour to drive and enjoy the scenic views along the river. Suggested driving speed on the road not to exceed 20 m.p.h.

ACTIVITIES: Speakers from Sherman County, Oregon State Marine Board and BLM will present. Craig Lesley (Oscar’s Nephew and author of THE SKY FISHERMAN) will speak and read from his book. Legendary Deschutes River guides Mike McLucas and Skip Zapffe will speak. There will be an open microphone period for any of Oscar’s old friends and clients to “spin a yarn.”

LUNCH AND BEVERAGES: A light lunch will be served with beverages after the program. The lunch is provided by Stevens Marine of Tigard, OR.

OTHER INFORMATION: Those attending please bring a folding chair. The boat ramp has new rest room facilities that are handicap equipped and there is adequate parking. For more information contact Ron Walp, Maupin, OR. Phone 623-680-9724 or email

5. Federal Lands: Payments in Lieu of Taxes

“Payments in Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) are Federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. The key law is Public Law 94-565, dated October 20, 1976. This law was rewritten and amended by Public Law 97-258 on September 13, 1982 and codified as Chapter 69, Title 31 of the United States Code. The law recognizes the inability of local governments to collect property taxes on Federally-owned land can create a financial impact. 

PILT payments help local governments carry out such vital services as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations. The payments are made annually for tax-exempt Federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all agencies of the Interior Department), the U.S. Forest Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), and for Federal water projects and some military installations. PILT payments are one of the ways the Federal Government can fulfill its role of being a good neighbor to local communities.

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of the Secretary has administrative authority over the PILT program. In addition to other responsibilities, DOI calculates payments according to the formulas established by law and distributes the available funds. Applicable DOI regulations pertaining to the PILT program were published as a final rule in the Federal Register on December 7, 2004.

The formula used to compute the payments is contained in the PILT Act and is based on population, receipt sharing payments, and the amount of Federal land within an affected county. PILT payments are in addition to other Federal revenues (such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing, and timber harvesting) the Federal Government transfers to the States. The DOI has distributed more than $7.1 billion dollars in PILT payments to States (except Rhode Island) and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands since these payments began in 1977.

6. Federal Land: Payments in Lieu of Taxes by State & County


7. Tap Into Your Own Creativity

Many people think of creativity in terms of output, or something produced, but that is not necessarily so. We don’t come into this world stamped “Creative” or “Not Creative” – at least we shouldn’t be. Today we are going to look at the meaning of creativity.

You know, many people believe that in order to be truly creative, they have to be producing something extraordinary – composing music, making paintings, designing furniture or clothing – things that have real, measurable output. However, that is a pretty limited way to look at creativity. 

Creativity is an attitude toward life, and is more a matter of improvisation and inspiration than of producing something we can label as “creative” – something admired or socially useful. Whenever we see something in a new light or from a new perspective, we are being creative. 

Each of us, if we are open and searching, can become creative in doing those simple things in our lives that are creative and original to us. We can be creative in the way we bring up our children, the way we teach and learn, the way we communicate and listen, and in discovering new ways to approach old, familiar things. Creativity can be expressed in the way we approach a picnic at the beach or in tending a beautiful garden.

You see, creativity is there inside us, not in the things we produce. With creativity, we discover and celebrate the fullness of our own personal nature. True creativity is what helps us to make the most of our lives and live up to our own individual potential.

Your own personal creativity is near at hand. You just need to allow yourself to tap into it.


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