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Page 6 Hells Canyon Journal April 23, 2014 School Board Approves ]'olicy Updates, Reviews Achievement Compact Continued from page 1 situation. We've found the Oregon Forestry Department is encouraging. They suggest there is a lot of potential in using local natural resources. Our long term goals are to help the school district finan- cially, and build the economy of the community through resources and employment." The committee was sched- uled to hold its next meeting on April 21. Policies The board had a second reading of six policies which required updating, covering Student Rights and Respon- sibilities, Student Conduct, Weapons in the School, Stu- dent Discipline, and the Use of Restraint and Seclusion. Schmitt had had a question under Policy JFC, Student Conduct regarding the lan- guage of "without bias." Corley explained that, while being unbiased may not al- ways be a possibility, the phrase does have precedence as a legal term [regarding fairness]. The board gave unanimous approval to the updates. Also, the board unani- mously approved the deletion of a policy and its adminis- trative rules regarding the admission of nonresident stu- dents. Achievement Compact Corley introduced a report from the Achievement Com- pact (AC) Advisory Commit- tee, with teacher Morgan Gover sharing an overview of the AC in its relationship to the Oregon Education Invest- ment Board. The board was created in 2011 "to oversee an effort to build a unified system for investing in and delivering public education from birth to college and ca- reer." The vision is to have a system that "links all seg- ments of the educational ex- perience together to ensure each student is poised for a promising future." She reported on the committee's preliminary rec- ommendations for support- ing the goals of the AC. The top three goals include increased attendance for all students and especially for those with a less than 90 per- cent rate, since there is a School Board Statement on Superintendent Evaluation "Mr. Corley has done an excellent job in leading the District over the past year. His experience in education as a teacher and an administrator has been evident through- out the year, helping both the staff and the board deal with various issues that arose. Mr. Corley has very strong management skills, excellent knowledge of policy and budget, high ethical standards, and sincere respect for those he works with at all levels. "Mr. Corley has managed the staff effectively, making adjustments in response to changing needs during the year by altering duties and adding staffwhere needed to maintain high student performance and provide a wide range, of opportunities for our students. Under his guid- ance, the district has sought out and received grants and developed partnerships that strengthen our programs and offer our students additional opportunities and dis- trict facilities. His oversight of curriculum planning has allowed staff to utilize their skills as they continue to improve the materials teaching techniques used in the classroom. "As the district trarisifions ico a new administrative structure, he has shared responsibility for various ad- ministrative duties with those on his staff and allowed some to take on primary responsibility for some adminis- trative roles to provide a smooth transition upon his retirement next year. "Mr. Corley has been open to opportunities to serve the community through use of district facilities for activities such as the senior lunch and the exercise room. He has eagerly embraced any opportunity to bring community members into the planning and decision process on projects within the district. "Mr. Corley is doing an excellent job managing the district and we look forward to this continued efforts to server the students, staff, and community of Pine Eagle School district." (Drafted March 10, and duly approved and recorded into the record, April 14, 2014 by Pine Eagle School District Directors Mark Butler, Krista Dennis, Bill Johnson, John Minarich, Dwight Saunders, Bob Seal and Dave Schmitt.) ELECT Taking Care of Baker Anthony Lakes paved from Haines to Forest Boundary , Wingville and Pocahontas Roads Paved 'Rock Creek and Lindley Lanes Paved ' Reduced asphalts costs for County " Elkhorn Industrial Park road paved # Chico Road paved I Snake River Rd. graveled & safety improved Chandler Lane paved 2015 Passing lanes between Baker City and Richland  2016 Granite Hwy - Sumpter to Baker County line paved Co-Chair, Assoc. of Counties Transportation Committee * Chair, NE Oregon Area Commission on Transportation I have made Baker County roads a top priority. We have worked hard, smart, and efficiently. Since being elected, we have secured more than $20 million for Baker County roads. These roads are vital to our public safety, our economic development and our way of life. Let's keep the momentum going! Paid for by the Win With Warner Commiee, Mike Rudi, Treasurer strong correlation between attendance and student per- formance; improvements in reading and math in all grades, especially in the K, 1- 2 grades; and that all stu- dents, at the end of ninth grade, will have met the re- quirement of already attain- ing 6.5 credits toward gradu- ation. Deputy Clerk Lisa Butler affirmed that funding which supports meeting those goals are represented within the proposed budget. Committee members include: Corley, Principal Cammie deCastro, staff members (Angie Chetwood, Gover, Barbie Morgan, Kay Young), and LeeAnne Jensen and Kim Rowen. At that time, Schmitt in- quired about the current af- ter-school program, inter- ested to know if those super- vising it are knowledgeable in several subject areas. Gover explained that the pro- gram is not tutorial, but more supportive and supervisory in nature. In other business, the board: passed Resolution 14-03 unanimously to transfer ap- propriations ($50,000) out of the Contingency Fund and into the Debt Service fund for the purpose of repayment of the pincipal for the building trades loan; agreed to Corley's sug- gestion of a mid-May work session regarding the biom- ass project; were given an April-is- Poetry-Month presentation with three students reciting their own poems(Coy Butner, Ciera Melchior and Rick Raven), and Ms. Gover read- ing aloud a poem by Trinity Butner; heard a high school re- port from senior Tristan Rau about the Missoula Children's Theatre program, that the track team did well at their first meet in La Grande, and an announce- ment of the FFA plant sale on May 10; in standard agenda business, unanimously ap- proved its Consent Agenda. Also present were direc- tors Krista Dennis, Dwight Saunders, staff members Kellie Dennis, Kathy Peer, plus K. Melchoir. The board next meets on Monday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pine Eagle Charter School library. Proposed 2014-15 School District Budget Presented by Linda Bergeron of the Hells Canyon Journal At the Pine Eagle School District Budget Committee meeting on April 14, Super- intendent Mike Corley read aloud the presentation com- mentary to the budget, which is the recommended finan- cial plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014. The function of the Budget Com- mittee is the allocation of availab'le resources to fund those programs and opera- tions deemed necessary to provide increased learning opportunities for students. "The goals of the district are now expected to align with the 40-40-20 achieve- ment and performance goals and expectations of the state. District goals are as follows: 1. 100 percent of all students will meet or exceed State of Oregon benchmarks and standards; 2. 100 percent of all entering freshmen will earn a high school diploma within five years; 3. All students will envision, create, and present the re- sults of a multidisciplinary project using multiple pre- sentation methods. "The General Operating Fund revenue is estimated to be $3,038,216 for the 2014- 15 fiscal year. This is a mod- erate increase from the 2013- 14 fiscal year... The increase of $324,318 is, in part, a re- sult of an increase in the State School Fund by two percent in the second half of the bien- nium; and, in part, from a greater than anticipated un- appropriated ending fund bal- ance in the two previous years." Budget Highlights "Operational cost expen- ditures are expected to in- crease and include such ex- penses as increased payroll costs, increased transporta- tion costs, and the increase in the general cost of opera- tion, including employees' raises and benefit increases. Most significant is the in- crease in payroll costs caused by increasing the number of employees recommended to meet the goals of the Achieve- ment Compact and contrac- tual staff salary increases. Contributing significantly is the increase in costs due to a two percent COLA increase built into the contract along with an increase resulting from a reduction in transpor- tation reimbursement from 90 percent to 80 percent. "Increased revenue iden- tiffed for expenditures that are considered to be sustain- able have been directed to programs that contribute to meeting Achievement Com- pact learning goals or strate- gies, payroll increases, ongo- ing activities that have been reduced in the recent past, and other long term invest- ments. Included in this area are instructional support, increased athletic support, and restoration of mainte- nance, and vital district of- lice services..." "Attendance for PESD has decreased slightly during the past year and is expected to level off close to the current projections of 183 ADMr and is based on the current en- rollment projection." Total revenues - from the State School Fund, federal Volunteers Needed for County Boards, Committees Baker County has vacancies on the following boards and committees: " Baker County Weed Board; Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; Baker County Budget Board; Baker County Fair Board. Persons interested in volunteering to serve on the above boards are asked to fill out a volunteer form prior to April 30, 2014. The volunteer form is available at ApplicationForm.pdf, or in the Commissioners Office, located at 1995 Third Street in Baker City. Questions may be referred to Heidi Martin at 541-523-8200. For four generations, Our family serving yours. and local revenues, re- stricted revenue and begin- ning fund balance - pro- posed in 2014-15 is $3.038 mill, which is up by one third of a million compared to the budgeted amount for the current school year Personnel "The education of a community's children is a la- bor-intensive enterprise that is reflected in the personnel costs of the district. This bud- get is sufficient to maintain a workforce of 41 employees representing a total of 32.49 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) positions. 27.25 FTE posi- tions are funded through the General Fund, while a total of 5.24 FTE positions are funded through grants and food service." Certified staff make up 43.3 percent of staff, with classified and maintenance staff accounting for 23 per- cent and eight percent, re- spectively. Administrative and confidential employees represent under 10 percent of staff. Altogether 64 per- cent of staff serve directly in the classroom and the re- maining 36 percent of posi- tions provide supportive ser- vices. "The proposed budget pro- vides a sufficient staff to maintain an exceptional teacher-to-student ratio in both the elementary and high school. The ratio of profes- sional teaching staff to stu- dents in K-8 is 18 to 1, with PEHS at 8 to 1. This staffing ratio is well below the aver- age of schools in the State of Oregon." Summary "Revenue for the 2014-15 academic year is anticipated to be about 11.9 percent above that of the previous budget. This budget pro- posal targets increased rev- enues largely to support Achievement Compact and district goals, increased employment costs that are guided by contract negotia- tions, an increase in instruc- tional support and athlet- ics. All planned ate thought to be sustainable. "This proposed budget also provides opportunity for one- time capital investments, designed to either maintain assets or improve educational opportunities. A significant amount of these funds are dedicated toward mainte- nance, security, and technol- ogy and are defined as one- time project investments. With the proposed increase in expenditures outlined, this budget also provides a sig- nificant increase from recent practices by increasing cash reserves. This proposal es- tablishes a $100,000 contin- gency plus a $200,000 ending fund balance." Chairman Young said he was next interested in dis- cussing transportation and maintenance costs. The Bud- get Committee next meets on Monday, May 5. The Budget is available for review at the Pine Eagle ad- ministrative office in the pri- mary building (former Half- way Elementary building). The committee's elected officers are: Jim Young (chair- man), Heather Farley (vice- chair), Bob Seal (secretary), and committee members, Ray Hickman, Ron Hunter, LeeAnn "Jensen, Deborah Mader and Cassandra Tho- mas. Also present at this meet- ing were the Pine Eagle School Board members, who serve in a dual capacity as both School Board and Bud- get Committee members. Bank Robber Shoots Self Following Robbery A 71-year-old man died from an apparent self-in- flicted gunshot wound after robbing Bank of the West in Ontario on April 10. According to reports from the Oregon State Police, the robbery suspect was spotted driving a pickup as he fled south on Alameda Drive. Of- ricers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver was slow to yield before stopping on the shoulder near Onion Avenue. While officers awaited police backup, the suspect shot him- self in the head with a hand- gun. Officers initiated emer- gency medical care, but the man was pronounced dead after arriving at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. Alameda Drive was closed for 2.5 hours while the scene was investigated. The suspect's name was released on Monday, April 21. He was identified as Jo- seph Thomas Johnston of Mohave Valley, Arizona. At the time his name was re- leased, investigators were still attempting to locate any next of kin for notification purposes. Residential & Commercial All types of gravel products Pit Run Crushed Rock. Top Soil Concrete Sand Excavation TRIPLEI 541-523-6648 REDI-MIXmc co itmenttoyouisconcrete, "Our mm i,, NEED ASSISTANCE PAYING Y0tIR TELEPHONE BILL? Yon may qualify for the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program Eagle Telephone System is your local telecommunication provider and a participant in the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP), which can provide low-income households discounts of up to $12.75 off our basic service rate. 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