Sherman County eNews #208

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County School District Regular Board Meeting Minutes Summary, June 12

  2. Sherman County School District Special Board Meeting Minutes Summary, June 23

  3. Sherman County School District Special Board Meeting Minutes Summary, June 27

  4. News from Sherman County’s Oregon Youth Conservation Corps!

  5. Building on Self-Worth

  6. State Fire Marshal gives caution and tips on wildfire prevention

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


1. Sherman County School District Regular Board Meeting Minutes Summary, June 12

Logo.Sherman High School SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES

June 12, 2017

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District met in the Sherman County School/Public Library Meeting Room in Moro, Oregon on June 12, 2017. The following were present: Chair, Bill Martin, Vice Chair, Kyle Blagg; Directors: Kristie Coelsch, Jim Macnab, Merrie von Borstel; Superintendent, Wes Owens; Principal, Bill Blevins; Business Manager, Kim McKinney; Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke; Staff Members: Gerald Casper, Kalie Rolfe, Samantha R-Smith, Cindie King, Ree Ella von Borstel, Tyler Dearborn; Students: Emma Robbins, Calvin Avila, Michaela Lloyd, Darian Davis; Visitors: Johnathan Rolfe, Carol Howard, Kris LaComb, Carsten von Borstel, Jess Stutzman, Charmin Avila, John Avila, Sabrina Norris, Mike Smith, Julie McAllister and Piper Jones.

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director Coelsch to approve the board meeting agenda as amended. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Director Coelsch with second from Director von Borstel to adopt the consent agenda as presented. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director von Borstel with second from Director Coelsch that contingent on City Council approval of the process outlined below, the Board directs the Superintendent, with assistance of legal counsel, to proceed with the sale of the South Sherman School (212 NE North Street, Grass Valley, Oregon). The sale will be conducted using the following outlined process:

  1. The District will announce the sale on June 13, 2017, and require offers to be submitted by June 23, 2017.
  2. The property will be advertised for sale to the buyer with the highest cash offer. “As Is” no warranty.
  3. The minimum offer will be $350,000.
  4. If more than one offer is received, that offer amount will be disclosed and all potential buyers who submitted an offer will have a second opportunity to submit their “highest and best” offer. The District will enter into a Sale Agreement with the party with highest offer.
  5. The City will provide the executed Quit Claim Deed to escrow as soon as the Sale Agreement is executed.
  6. The sale will close, on, or before (earlier at buyer’s preference), 45 days after execution of the Sale Agreement.

The Superintendent is authorized to execute the necessary documents for conveying the South Sherman School. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director Coelsch to approve Sherman County School District Resolution Services 2016-2017 05-10. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Director Coelsch with second from Director Macnab to adopt the K-5 National Geographic science textbooks and the 6-12 McGraw Hill science textbooks. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director Macnab to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2017-18 in the total amount of $9,596,646. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director Macnab with second from Director Coelsch for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, the amounts shown below are hereby appropriated for the purposes indicated within the funds listed: See Attached. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director Coelsch with second from Director von Borstel to hereby impose the taxes provided for the 2017-18 adopted budget at the rate of $3.4203 per $1,000 of assessed value for operations and that these taxes are hereby imposed and categorized for the tax year 2017-18 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the district. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously.


2. Sherman County School District Special Board Meeting Minutes Summary, June 23

Logo.Sherman High School SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

June 23, 2017

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District met in the Sherman County School/Public Library Meeting Room in Moro, Oregon on June 23, 2017. The following were present: Chair, Bill Martin, Vice Chair, Kyle Blagg; Directors: Kristie Coelsch, Jim Macnab, Merrie von Borstel; Superintendent, Wes Owens; Business Manager, Kim McKinney; Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke; Visitors: Scott Susi, Bonne Whitley, Piper Jones, Johnathan Rolfe, Roger Whitley and Mike Somnis. 

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director Coelsch to approve the board meeting agenda as presented. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, Martin, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously. 

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director von Borstel to approve the preliminary hire of K-12 principal, Mike Somnis. Vote: 4 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Martin, von Borstel) 1 No (Macnab) Action: The motion carried.


3. Sherman County School District Special Board Meeting Minutes Summary, June 27

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

June 27, 2017

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District met in the Sherman County School/Public Library Meeting Room in Moro, Oregon on June 27, 2017. The following were present: Vice Chair, Kyle Blagg; Directors: Kristie Coelsch, Jim Macnab, Merrie von Borstel; Superintendent, Wes Owens; Business Manager, Kim McKinney; Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke; Staff Member: Jen Berry; Visitors: Ryan Nopp, Ellen Nopp, Carol von Borstel, Neil Pattee, Joe Dabulskis, Chris Kaseberg and Jess Stutzman. Absent: Bill Martin

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Motion by Director Coelsch with second from Director Macnab to approve the board meeting agenda as amended. Vote: 4 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director von Borstel with second from Director Coelsch to authorize the Superintendent to enter into an agreement with Aurora Gardens, LLC for the sale of the Grass Valley facility and property for $356,000 and do all actions necessary to accomplish the sale, including signing the deed and closing papers. Vote: 4 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, Macnab, von Borstel) Action: The motion carried unanimous.

Motion by Director Coelsch with second from Director von Borstel that this Memorandum of Agreement be adopted by the Sherman County School Board for the continuation of Superintendent Wes Owens’ services, as outlined in his 2015-17 employment contract from July 1st to July 10th, 2017. Discussion: Director Macnab stated that the discussion is over because people waited until the last minute. It was clarified that the board has been waiting to execute the Superintendent’s contract until after the certified and classified unions have completed their negotiations. Vote: 3 in Favor (Blagg, Coelsch, von Borstel) 1 No (Macnab) Action: The motion carried.


4. News from Sherman County’s Oregon Youth Conservation Corps!

garden.shovel.barrowThe week of July 3rd-7th was a short work week due to the 4th of July holiday. We were able to get in a full day of pulling Knapp weed down at the mouth of the Deschutes on the 5th and on the 6th we picked up litter on Scott Canyon Rd. and Hay Canyon Rd. The week of the 10th-14th, we worked at the Cottonwood Canyon State Park pulling puncture vine, repairing access roads, and even built a new bypass road for hikers and emergency vehicles. This consisted of removing sage brush, big boulders, and finally laying down a thick layer of gravel to complete the trail. It was a week of hard work but we had fun and learned a lot about maintaining trails. ~Sherman County’s Oregon Youth Conservation Corps


5. Building on Self-Worth

One of the first reactions to the concepts of applied cognitive psychology typically will be, “It’s starting to sound a little selfish.” This is true, to a point. Read below for a comment from the wider, global field:

“The example that you gave seems to indicate that life is more worth living if you first change your attitude to a positive instead of hanging on to a negative, rebellious or resistive attitude. No worries; I got that one. But, in the beginning you stated that what makes life worth living can be summed up in a single word, ‘you’ Now, you’ve lost me.

“In my line of work, I see the degradation of a ‘me first’ attitude. I agree that the only person you can change is ‘you.’ But, if one gets stuck in the ‘you’ or fixates with ‘you’ that would lead to self-centeredness, arrogance, elitism would it not? I see this all the time. Selfishness seems to be the start of greater, more serious social/societal issues. I would think that life is much more worth living, as you have indicated, if you could start by changing yourself to think more positively, to become a better person, in order to be of service to others. Am I missing something here?”

The earlier message may not have gone that one step further by way of explanation. It is what “you” or “me” brings to living, for ourselves and those around us, that is important. Each of us has special talents and skills, which when brought to bear on challenges faced by society in general, or a specific situation, makes life worth living. It is in service to others that we truly express our worth.

However, that sense of self-worth must come first, before we can be effective to the world around us. You see, if we do not feel worthy, we won’t put ourselves in a position to help. We shy away. It is not about “me first” for no other reason. It is about making ourselves the best we can be, then using all that we are to work for positive, effective change in the world around us. ~The Pacific Institute


6. State Fire Marshal gives caution and tips on wildfire prevention

As Oregon’s weather heats up and vegetation dries out, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is cautioning Oregonians and summer visitors to be vigilant with wildfire prevention and safety.

“Oregon has already experienced a number of human-caused wildfires, said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “It’s fortunate that no lives have been lost to this point, and we all need to take every precaution to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

The OSFM encourages everyone to follow these wildfire prevention guidelines:
* Know fire risks and obey fire restrictions, such as campfire bans.
* Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as hot vehicles can start a wildfire.
* Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or at least a gallon of water in many areas.
* Do not use candles, fireworks, tiki torches, or other open flames in wildland areas.
* Remember that sky lanterns are illegal in Oregon airspace.
* Dispose of smoking material in deep, sturdy ashtrays.
* Make sure butts and ashes are extinguished with water and sand.
* Never discard butts on the ground or in vegetation.

For more wildfire prevention information and restrictions, we encourage you to visit Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov.


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