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Pqe H,bHm an m Jouraal 22, 2000' Twenty-Two Teachers' Contracts Approved by Linda Bergeron of tl~ I~/IB ~ Joulzwl In a 5:1 vote, with chair- man Shawn Thatcher op- posed, the Pine Eagle School District board approved the Consolidated District Im- provement Plan as a working document. The plan was cre- ated by the site council (for- merly known as the 21st Cen- tury District Council). The plan includes action plans and extensive strate- gies based on the council's mission statement and four goals, with continued im- Families Sought to Host Foreign Students Eastern Oregon and West- ern Idaho are committed to hosting twenty nine AFS stu- dents for next year. At the moment, we have nine stu- dents placed. If your family has been thinking about hosting, you can contact 1-800-AFS-INFO to speak to someone in Port- land or call Shari Bennett, area hosting coordinator in La Grande, at 963-2579. In Pine Valley, talk with Deborah Mader at 742-4887. Host families choose a stu- dent from information pro- vided by the student, school, parents and AFS volunteers in the native country. AFS has been in the busi- ness of bringing people to- gether--to laugh, learn, love, teach and share --- for 50 years. AFS has involved more than 200,000 young people from over 80 countries. The AFS experience turns contact between cultures into a deeply rooted mutual re- spect to appreciate diversity so that everyone has the op- portunity to gain new insights and perspectives. provement of reading skills at the top of the list. Several of the plan's suggested activi- ties reportedly have already been implemented. The council has been work- ing in teams, with recommen- dations by K-12 Principal Tom Crane and district Su- perintendent Rolla Weber, since last fall. According to Weber, "The action plans will drive what we [school district] are do- ing." The Board also accepted the superintendent's recom- mendation and unanimously approved three-year contract extensions to the following 22 teachers: Patrick Barrett, Laina Chandler, Carolyn Coble, Robert Crawford, Joe Denig, Blake Dennis, Karen Endersby, Wayne Endersby, Jennifer Godwin, Ron Godwin, Janice Heater, Mike Katona, Chuck Kuwuhara, Gayla Macomber, Barbara May, Linda McLean, Duane Miles, Sue-Rowen, Millie Shold, Larry Swanson, Tracie Swanson, and Robin Zaccone. The contracts extend to June 30, 2003. In addition, the licensed negotiated contract (which is the agreement between the school district and the Pine- Eagle Education Association regarding the certified sal- ary step schedule) was unani- mously approved for a three percent pay increase, raised health benefits from $410 per month to $425 and mileage reimbursement rate increase from 27 cents to the current federal rate of 31 cents per mile. A three-year contract with three percent pay raise for the district principal position was unanimously approved by the board. Extra-duty contracts were unanimously approved for Spring sports positions: to Stacy Gover, as assistant baseball coach, and to Arthur Baker, assistant track coach. Three policies were brought before the board for a first reading: #421, regard- ing personnel (instruction), #421.1, regarding reduction in force, and #121.7, regard- ing the order of agenda. In other business,othe board: was informed by Weber that the lottery funds ex- pected to be received this spring (State Education Grant) is intended to be ap- propriated as follows: $15- 20,000 to cover the cost of an open-bid on a commercial- sized mower to be used for grass, as well as snow-re- moval; $20,000 toward tech- nology expenses; and $10,000 toward the building of a com- bination restroom/concession stand, utilizing volunteer la- bor and some materials, at cost; unanimously withdrew a motion to renew a contract with the Oregon School Board Association at this time ibr policy evaluations; was informed by Weber that an appraiser recently stated the value of the Parent Resource Center building and property to be approximately $64,000; were presented with three options tbr a 2000-01 school year calendar tbr re- view prior to the April meet- ing, with options as (1) a short December break and school year ending May 31, (2) a long December break and year ending June 7, or (3) a mid-week December break and year ending June 5. The school board next meets on Monday, April 10. PLEASE DON'T TOUCH OVERHEAD LINES WITH A TEN-FOOT POLE, OR A FORTY-FOOT IRRIGATION PIPE. An IDACORP company i n~'rg)' ,uld I.\pcricnl.c \~;wl-:ing ft~i "l~,q OPB Program Series Explores the Brain This Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m. Oregon Public Broad- casting will present the next segment of its "Exploring Your Brain" series entitled, "Men, Women, and the Brain." According to OPB's SIG- NAL newsletter, a teacher resource service,the series covers "breakthroughs in brain research, such as theo- ries about the differences be- tween men and women's brai~' ! ~ ~ ~ ~ : ; ~ LW~ MI it takes is an instant of carelessness to cause inlury or even death by coming into contact with overhead power lines. That's why it is so important to be especially careful. Always look up when you're working around irrigation pipe and augers. Take it from your friends and neighbors at Idaho Power... BEING C_,AREI S AROUND POWER LINES IS NO WAY TO LIVE. *: II I I I III il i ) I li II Ii ~ I [ i I I Ill