Sherman County eNews #214


  1. Sherman County School District Board Member Application & Zone Map


  3.  Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 17

  4. Theodore Roosevelt: Dare Mighty Things

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest, 1989

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

1. Sherman County School District Board Member Application & Zone Map

Sherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 970239

(541) 565-3500 | (541) 565-3319 (fax)

Logo.Sherman High School


August 18, 2016

Thank you for your interest in the Sherman County School District and your willingness to serve on our Board.  Board members and staff, as a team, tackle the challenges of empowering our students for the 21st Century and maximizing the cost-effectiveness of our operations. The Board believes that any citizen who files and seeks appointment to the Board should do so with full knowledge of and appreciation for the investment in time, effort and dedication expected of all Board members.

The Board seat you are applying for is Position #3: Moro Zone, formerly held by Mrs. Angie Thompson who is moving out of the Sherman County School District with her family. We sincerely thank Mrs. Thompson for her service and wish her the best of luck in the future.  This seat expires June 30, 2017.  Please complete this electronic application and submit to our Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke at  by 3:30 p.m. on September 7, 2016.

Citizens considered for this vacant position must be a registered voter and a resident of the district for one year immediately preceding the appointment.  No person who is an employee of the district is eligible to serve as a Board member while so employed.  If an eligible Moro Zone resident cannot be found, the Board shall appoint an eligible resident from the district.

Further communication with applicants and/or possible interviews will be conducted prior to September 12, 2016.  The final appointment will be confirmed at the September 12, 2016 Regular School Board Meeting that is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Please feel free to contact Superintendent, Wes Owens with any questions about the process or about being a School Board Member.

Please submit the following application materials with a cover letter and current resume.   Please explain how your experience will bring value to the Sherman County School District.  






Last Name, First Name






Cell Phone



Home Phone



Email Address



Number of Years Living in the Sherman County School District

                             YES                      NO

Registered Voter in the Sherman County School District?

                             YES                      NO

Do you have children currently attending Sherman County School?


                             YES                      NO

Have you or a family member graduated from Sherman County High School?


Occupation (please give present employment, and previous employment)

Employer Title/Position Years of Service

(from – to)









Educational Background (list schools attended)

Name of School Last Grade Completed Diploma/Degree/Certificate

(Diploma AA, BA, BS, MA, Ph.D., etc.)










  1. Briefly describe your background and qualifications that you feel would be valuable to the Sherman County School District Board of Directors.










2. Please list any community activities you have been involved with during your local residency.










4. What do you see as the key issues facing the District and outline how you would deal with them?









5. Please make any additional comments you believe will assist the Board of Directors in considering you for this vacant position.










By signing this document, I hereby state: That I qualify for said office if appointed; that all information provided by me on this form is true to the best of my knowledge.



                  Applicant Signature                                                                      Date Signed





With Oregon’s hottest temperatures and driest conditions occurring throughout the next few days, Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging all residents to take the utmost care and thorough caution to prevent wildfires.

“A majority of this year’s wildfires have been human caused,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “This demonstrates that all of us need to take responsibility for protecting ourselves and our neighbors by preventing wildfires in these extreme conditions.”

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reported that since January 1, 2016, there have been 466 wildfires caused by humans. And due to the extreme temperatures, much of Oregon is under a burn ban.

Currently, Oregon has several active wildfires that have put people and homes at risk, and a number of families have received evacuation warnings.

“Our office is in constant communication with the Oregon Department of Forestry and our other wildland partners to assist with firefighting efforts if called upon, said Walker.

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 17

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the September 7 Court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on August 17, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard 75% Design Development phase estimates from Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group; estimates are more detailed now that drawings and plans are being more developed; the 75% Design Development estimate is $6,119,034; Value Engineering implemented in earlier estimate phases helped balance the increase, so the project is only slightly over budget; twenty-one items remain as cost control strategies, and Energy Trust of Oregon may be sending incentives for the project; the cost to renovate the existing courthouse has increased due to electrical work needed; the project team feels the remaining twenty-one Value Engineering items represent significant loss of function and quality in the end product, which is why they were not implemented in earlier estimations; the project team recommends the project contingency be utilized to cover the increase in estimated value and to protect the quality of the project; this will bring the project closer to a minimum contingency; if future estimates and bid amounts hold to the current estimate, there is no anticipation of shortfall or the need for additional funding; the project team will work hard to make sure no additional cost is added between now and the end of the design phase; the Court supported using a portion of the contingency;
  • Heath updated the Court about project line items; the new building for the Weed Department will be a pole building to allow for the square footage needed to fall within the budget for the project; the building is a proposed 64×40 feet, though one bay has been designed as an alternate in case the estimates are out of budget;

the courthouse project is enrolled with the Energy Trust of Oregon Path to Net Zero program; one incentive check has already been received for holding an early design meeting; to be eligible for the program, the building will need to be 40% more efficient than energy codes currently require; an energy model consultant has prepared scenarios for the new building showing that this can be achieved;

a supplier for the cupola has been found and it is estimated to cost $100,000 to purchase and deliver; a study was commissioned, and a structural engineer performed a feasibility study to see if the existing building would be structurally able to hold a cupola according to current codes; structural upgrading and work is needed; approximately $100,000 worth of upgrading will be required to strengthen the structure of the building; hiring a structural engineer to design the upgrades will cost approximately $50,000; this puts the cost of the cupola at approximately $250,000; the project team feels a brand new cupola will highlight features of the courthouse that have not been regularly maintained, and some light repair of wood surfaces and painting needs to be done; it is possible a grant can be obtained to help cover a portion of the cost of these small repairs, and some may be covered through the courthouse maintenance reserve fund; Heath stated the project team could move forward with restoring the cupola or put the project on hold until further notice; the Court supported moving forward with the cupola restoration and felt it was important historically as well as to help the existing courthouse visually stand out from the newer facility;

the Art in Public Places line item is not required because the project is not being funded by the state; the project team would not like to commit to purchasing art at this time, as the $60,000 in this fund may be needed elsewhere in the future; interior art can be added later, though the Court expressed the importance of adequate landscaping on the outside of the building; if the money is still available at the end of the project, artwork will pursued;

Heath gave a brief update about the Wasco Annex; Sora Design Group is being given a tour of the building and will perform energy modeling; they will help identify current energy use as well as future energy use based on the concept Diloreto Architecture designed; Heath will report back to the Court when the study is concluded;

  • approved the Memorandum of Understanding between Rural Development Initiatives, Inc. and Sherman County Court to complete two fair board trainings for $2,500 and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • authorized budget transfers/payments in the amount of $140,000 as recommended by the Finance Director and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved the Sherman County Risk Management Policy as recommended by the Safety Committee and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • accepted a Wasco Annex Lease Termination Notification from Thomas Westlake, to be effective August 31, 2016;
  • approved Agreement No. 31434 between Rail and Public Transit Division/Oregon Department of Transportation and Sherman County for grant funds in the amount of $121,136 to help cover the cost of purchasing a replacement transit vehicle for the 2000 Ford Bus and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed a thank you letter from Wyatt Stutzman, a thank you letter from Jasmine Wilson, and a letter of concern from South Sherman Fire & Rescue;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

4. Theodore Roosevelt: Dare Mighty Things

Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the U.S. and
winner of 1906 Nobel Peace Prize

“It is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly…” ~  “The Man in the Arena: Citizenship in a Republic” Address delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, “The Strenuous Life” Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899

 5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest, 1989


As reported by Elroy King in The Dalles Chronicle, February 26, 1989, the Sherman County Centennial Cake Contest was held in several categories. “Pat Jacobsen of Wasco was the overall winner in the cake baking contest and also was first in the best decorated competition. She also took runner-up honors in the latter category.”

King continued, “Jacque von Borstel, Grass Valley, was second over-all and first in the angel food cake contest. Other cake winners were: Mix – 1st Gena Hilderbrand, Wasco; Spice – Jennie McDermid (sic), Wasco, second, Catherine Thomas, Wasco; Chocolate – first Sandy Macnab, Moro, second Lori McGuire, Grass Valley. All of the prize winning cake bakers won dinners at area restaurants.” These cakes, along with the official centennial birthday cake, were served to the crowd. The official birthday cake was cut by the county’s only 100-year-old plus resident, Ethel Van Gilder.

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


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