Sherman County eNews #156


  1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, June 18

  2. Maryhill Museum of Art – Free County Weekend, June 16-17

  3. North Central ESD Board Meeting Minutes, June 7

  4. More Than Just the Numbers

  5. Nation’s Largest Not-for-Profit Air Ambulance Service Life Flight Network Celebrates 40 Years of Service; Offers $40 New Memberships Through Labor Day

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

1. Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, June 18

Public Meeting Announcement

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018.  This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. 



2. Maryhill Museum of Art – Free County Weekend, June 16-17

Coming UP–Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 | All Day 
FREE COUNTY WEEKEND! A tradition for over 2 decades!

Our neighbors living in the following counties are granted free admission upon presentation of an I.D. with address:

Oregon: Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Harney, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties

Washington: Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Garfield, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Kittitas, Mason, Lincoln, Pierce, Pend Oreille, Okanogan, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Whitman, and Yakima

For additional Free County Days this year check it out here:…/…/special-admission-programs

3. North Central ESD Board Meeting Minutes, June 7


The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room,Thursday, June 7, 2018.


P—Sarah Rucker, Chair-June 2021

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

A—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

A—Amy Derby -June 2019

P—Jeff Schott -June 2021

P—Greg Greenwood -June 2019           

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.


Stacy Shown

Rinda Montgomery

Ron Carroll 

Budget Hearing:

Budget Open: 6:06 pm

No discussion regarding the budget.

Budget Closed: 6:06


Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:06 p.m.

Public Input: None



The minutes & fiscal receipts from the May 3, 2018 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email May 8, 2018.

Motion—Jim, seconded Greg, to approve the minutes and fiscal receipts. Kim will print a detail financial report of July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 for the next board meeting.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.

Superintendent Report

  • Most of the schools are finished for the 2017-18 year.
  • Penny had a meeting with Speech/Language staff for next year. Colby Garth will be on maternity leave starting in September and there needs to be coverage for Mitchell, Spray and Arlington. Penny is working on possible solutions, Kalie Rolfe and Ashley Northam will help with coverage, could be virtual correspondence to help with the distance.
  • Natalie Iryzk’s last day was June 7, 2018. There is an ad in the paper for a SLPA position. At this point there has been no interest.
  • Stacy Shown has decided to be the Special Education Teacher in Sherman Co. School District. There is an ad for a SPED Teacher for the Wheeler Co. Schools and one in Sherman Co. Schools.
  • At the superintendent meeting, it was discussed to develop a Regional Program for high needs students for our district. The cost to send students to The Dalles is very expensive.
  • Mitchell School District is in the final stages with their superintendent search, they currently have interviewed three candidates and will decide on June 15, 2018.
  • North Central ESD has an open Accounts Payable Position. We have received two applications but will repost in paper to get more applicants.
  • Penny passed out an article from Small School Association regarding the Dorm School Legislation. The legislation has extended the sunset for another two years for the five school districts that could be affected.



Adopting Budget Resolution 1718-02-03-04

Motion—Jim, seconded Greg, to accept 1718-02 Resolution in Adopting the Budget.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Motion—Jim, seconded Greg, to accept 1718-03 Resolution Making the Appropriations.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Motion—Jim, seconded Greg, to accept 1718-04 Resolution Imposing and Categorizing Taxes.

VOTING—Unanimously approved


  • Jeff Schott put together a RFP for our sidewalks. It was sent out to four companies and received one bid back, which was $26,000. At this time, the board feels that we need to wait until later in the summer or next spring to post the RFP.

Columbia Gorge ESD

Motion—Jeff, seconded Jim, to accept the Columbia Gorge ESD 2018-19 Superintendent Contract.

VOTING—Unanimously approved

Wheeler Tech Contract

  • Penny let the board know that Wheeler County Courthouse has cancelled their tech contract with North Central ESD as of February 28, 2018. They have decided to go with another provider.

Zone 4 Board Position Available

  • The Zone 4 board position is still available. The area is Moro, Kent and Grass Valley.

Penny had a meeting with union members Stacy Shown and Colby Garth. North Central ESD will give a cost of living increase of .5% and insurance cap will stay the same at $1400.00.

Next meeting: July 5, 2018 6:00pm

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.


SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.

4. More Than Just the Numbers

How much do you think the average businessperson needs to know about psychology? The answer might surprise you.

Some American businesspeople have an interesting, albeit limiting, idea about psychology. They think they can forget it and run their business by numbers alone. They believe that if they have a good enough understanding of things like profit and loss, cash flow, economic forecasts, and credit sources, then they know all they need to know.

In many instances, their managers have come up through the ranks after coming out of business school, and the psychology of human behavior has just never seemed important enough for their time and attention. It may have been a class they had to take, to get their degree, and nothing more.

However, if the average businessperson doesn’t think psychology is important, the highly successful ones know better. Malcolm Forbes once said, “There are those of us who think that the psychology of man, each and together, has more impact on markets, business, services, construction, and the entire fabric of an economy than all the more measurable statistical indices.” In other words, numbers don’t drive success – people do.

So, if you are serious about succeeding in business, or in any endeavor where the end-result depends on people, you would do well to find out what is happening in the worlds of cognitive, organizational and social psychology. The best evidence is telling us that quality, productivity, and customer service are the results of beliefs, attitudes and expectations as much as, or more than, good skills, processes and systems. And today’s ever-expanding world of neuroscience seems to be confirming this evidence.

Understanding the people drivers in your organization, especially if you are in a leadership position, is more important today than ever before. Leadership defines the culture in an organization and it is your people who express that culture in everything they do, say, and how they work with each other. And at the very foundation of your people lies the psychology you need to understand if your organization is to succeed. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Nation’s Largest Not-for-Profit Air Ambulance Service Life Flight Network Celebrates 40 Years of Service; Offers $40 New Memberships Through Labor Day

Aurora, Ore., June 13, 2018—Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and offering $40 new memberships in honor of its 40 years of service to communities across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.  

“Since 1978, Life Flight Network has provided air medical transport service to people in the Pacific Northwest, saving lives and saving valuable time when every second counts,” said Life Flight Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “It is our privilege to continue to serve the region alongside hospitals and the emergency response community.”

To celebrate its 40 years of service, Life Flight Network will offer $40 annual memberships—for new members only—for a limited time from June 13 through Labor Day, 2018. Memberships are not available in Montana due to state regulations.  Members incur no out-of-pocket expense if flown for medically necessary emergent conditions by Life Flight Network or one of their reciprocal partners. Membership covers the primary membership holder, their spouse or domestic partner, and dependents claimed on their income tax return. Elderly and disabled family members living in the same household can also be covered. Memberships are normally $65. To enroll, visit or call the Life Flight Network membership office at 800-982-9299.

Started in 1978 as Emanuel Life Flight, the program was owned and operated by Emanuel Hospital (now Legacy Emanuel Medical Center). Emanuel Life Flight was one of the first hospital-based air ambulances on the West Coast and only the fourth in the nation. Transporting 121 patients in its first year, a French-made Allouette-3 helicopter was the program’s inaugural aircraft.

Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick activated the first Emanuel Life Flight transport. “In more than 40 years with the Yachats Fire Department, I’ve worked closely with Life Flight Network in situations where having access to air ambulance transport meant the difference between life and death,” said Petrick. “Life Flight Network has served our region well and since my first call to Emanuel Life Flight in 1978, they’ve always been there when we needed them.”

Today, Life Flight Network is a nationally recognized air medical transport service with more than 550 employees and 25 bases covering a large part of Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Life Flight Network is still committed to its core mission – to serve the community by providing ICU-level critical care transportation to ill or injured patients in a safe, compassionate, efficient, and expeditious manner.

Life Flight Network recently released a new app called LFN Respond that allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance transport with the touch of a button. Using the app, hospital and emergency responders can instantly request a Life Flight Network aircraft by tapping the flight call button in the app, sending vital information and GPS location directly to dispatch personnel at Life Flight Network’s Communications Center

The consortium of Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health & Services own Life Flight Network. The combined strength of these world-class health institutions ensures the quality of the program remains as safe and strong today as when it started in 1978.


Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). Life Flight Network has administrative offices in Aurora, Oregon.  Aviation services provided by: Life Flight Network and Jackson Jet Center, Inc. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit

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

bird.owl.limbNational Geographic: The Story of Earth

Colorful, not blue, language


Remember when the massive California wildfires of 2017 were blamed on global warming? Never mind.