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paaa 2,, , m The following artidn we not necessarily the views of the Ouad City Herald or its'employees. Janua 2g: 1938 Quad Ci HQrald Subsidizing public school su[)erintendents by Adele Ferlson When Seattle School Superintendent John Stanford let it be known he saw greener pastures in the private sector, Seattle business leaders reached for their wallets. If more money was what it took to keep him, on top of the $186,000 annual salaryandaunuityLhe collects from the taxpayers, they were prepared to pony it up. They were relieved of that necessity, temporarily, anyway, when Stanford said he would stay until the end of his contract in 1999. But if they want him on deck as Seattle schools sail into the 21st century, I suspect they are going to have to pay through the nose. Which concept, the private financing of public officials, is Finally reaching into the public schools. Oh, I know it's been done for other public officials. Bill and Hillary Clinton were privately subsidized when he was the poorly paid governor of Arkansas, so they could live the life style expected of such an exalted position. Popular college presidents are pampered with endowments, etc., to keep them happy. But public school superintendents? It's not as if we don't already pay these supers handsomely. The average salary in the 297 districts during the 1996-97 school year, according tothe S uperintendent of Public Instruction's office, was $81,290, which is almost what SPI Terry Bergeson makes, $86,600. Thirty-seven of them make over $100,000 and 11 make more than we pay the governor ($I21,000), from Seattle on down through Renton, Lake Washington, Northshore, Tacoma, Kent, Spokane, Marysville, Puyallup and Federal Way to Shoreline's $121,500. Eighty make between $80,000 and $1130,000. So now that Seattle business interests are gearing up to engage in a bidding war for Superintendent Stanford and nary a peep of protest from the media that I've seen, will this concept creep into other districts? Is it legal? Won't this lead to enormous salary disparity between districts? House Education chair Peggy Johnson seemed indifferent. "Private money going into salaries is a very interesting concept that has never been discussed at the state level," she said. "I greatly respect the work (Stanford) is doing and I hope he stays with the district." Senate Education chair Harold Hochstatter raised the e question of who'Stanford or any other subsidized super would be accountable to. "(Stanford) should distance himself from that idea and avoid even the appearance of impropriety, he said. "I'll have to ask the ethics board (on propriety)." Doyle Winter, executive director of the School Administrators Assn., said he hoped the Legislature didn't get involved. There's enough micro-managing already on matters best left to the locals, such as (Rep. JohnSon's) push to require phonics in reading, he said."In education, we get criticized for not following private sector practices. If a CEO is doing a good job, he's rewarded, so there must be a way to reward a competent superintendent. If it is outside money, it has to go through the school boards for approval." Larry Swift, executive director for the School Directors agreed that private compensation for supers "raises the question Of who they are accountable to, the board or some other party. If this progresses, I assume that will be addressed. But we live in a capitalistic society. If an employee has an offer to go to work for a corporation, or the athletic or entertainment world that individual either gets recognition by the current employer or, as a free agent, at the end of his contract, he goes. We've seen that for years and years in athletics and corporations, and I wouldn't be surprised that it could operate in a public enterprise as well." "Schools are the biggest business in most communities in terms of cash flow," he said. "It's the state's paramount duty to educate children. Are the people doing it worth it? The answer is yes and no. The ones that are successful are worth it. There's a person for every job at any level of compensation. The question is their competence. What is their ability to do that job?" I'm with Sen. Hochstatter. This notion should be nipped in the bud, or there will be created an elite upper crust of school officials that will be impossible to control as to cost. It's Pandora come to education. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 9840.) Time is closing in on World '00Var II vets By Don C. Brunell, President Association of Washington Business The sudden death of PEMCO CEO Stanley O. McNaughton, 76, serves as stark reminder that time is rapidly growing short to honor our World War II veterans.. Most folks knew Stanley O. as a strong family man, corporate leader and philanthropist - a gentle, compassionate fellow who always tried to do what was fight. He led many fundraising drives for medical research and education, often setting the pace for corporate giving by seeding the pot with a generous check. But there was another side to Start McNaughton. He wasn't afraid to wave the American Flag because he deeply loved his country and often would tell groups that they are darn lucky to live in America. Stanley O. also knew the price of freedom. Like so many of our grandparents, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, Stanley O. McNaughton signed up and served in World War II. He was a B-29 bomber pilot and was aircraft corn mander for the backup crew of the famed Enola Gay. It is too late for Stanley O. McNaughton to join surviving veterans when the World War II Memorial is dedicated in Olympia on November 11, 1998; but like thousands of others, he will be there in spirit. The name of Stanley O. McNaughton will appear on a tile at the Memorial along with hundreds of other World War II vets because those of us who knew and cared for him felt his name should be there for future generations to remember. For information on how you can support the Memorial or donate a commemorative tile, call the Department of Veterans Affairs in Olympia at 1-800- 562-2308. Northwest police plan Enforcement Blitz The Washington State Patrol along with other enforcement agencies in Washington State, in cooperation with agencies from the state of Oregon and the Province of British Columbia, will beparticipatingin the upcoming'Three Flags" F, nforcement Blitz.This stepped up enforcement campaign will take placeFebruary 6th through 15th, 1,998. Special attention will be given to youthful drivers and passengers, speeders, alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Emphasis is to be placed on Child restraint awareness and enforcement'., Commercial vehicle enforcement will also be increased. The purpose of this news release is to remind residents of the necessity to use their own restraint devices and to make sure their children are properly secured before departUre. Your law enforcement community does care for your well being, and wants to see you travel and arrive safely. Quad City Herald POLICE BEAT Douglas County Sheriff's Office January 22: Steven Zulkowsky, Bridgeport, reported that a stereo had been stolen from his vehicle while it was parked outside his residence. January 23: Alfredo Bastidas, 44, Okanogan, was arrested for fourth degree assault, domestic violence. January 24: Jacquelyn Workman, Bridgeport, reported her residence had been broken into and a number of items stolen, including jewelry, VCR, stereo and a compact disc player and CDs. The case is still under investigation. Thomas Shelton, 47, Mansfield, was cited for Uttering. Paul James of Pateros reported that the sliding .window on his 1982 Ford pickup was shot out by a BB gun while he was driving on Tacoma Avenue in Bridgeport. January 25: Tam my Lopez, Bridgeport, reported her 1990 Mazda pickup was broken into and a slereo stolen while it was parked outside her residence. Martin Sanchez, Bridgeport, reported that a roommate he had just evicted kicked in the front door of his trailer. The case is still under investigation. Frank Simpson, 23, Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with second degree assault following a fight at a Super Bowl party at a residence on Bridgeport Bar. The host, Paul Anson, had become upset after someone at the party had thrown his cat. (The cat was unharmed.) Anson's nose was broken during an ensuing fight. He was taken to Okanogan Douglas Hospital and later transported to Central Washington Hospital inWenatcbee, where he underwent surgery on his nose. Douglas County Sheriff's sergeant Rick Halterman said Simpson went to the hospital to see how his friend was recovering and was arrested there. Brewster Police Department January 2: Jose Barrios-Lopez, 23, Omak, was arrested and charged with possession.of cocaine. January 3: Jose Guererra-Reyes,20,Brewster, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from Okanogan County and possession of a dangerous weapon and was cited for third degree driving with a suspended license. Jerome Easter, Pateros, reported a tool box had been taken from the back of his pickup while it was parked outside the Brewster House during the early evening. Hugo Reyes, 22, Brewster, was cited for driving, while under the influence of intoxicants and first degree driving with a revoked license. January 4: Juan Zabala, 20, Chelan, was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol. January 6: Joseph Wise, 29, Brewster, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from Okanogan County. January 8: Roxanne Routon, 26, Brewster, was arrested for forgery and third degree theft. January 9: Joley Flores, 29, Omak, was arrested for forgery. Employees at InterWest Bank in Brewster reported someone had attempted to pry open a door into the automatic teller machine (ATM). The case is still under investigation. January 10: Police officers discovered someone had broken three windows in a vehicle belonging to the Brewster School District. The case is still under investigation. January 18: Reynaldo Tinoeo-Martinez, 20, Brewster, was arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicants and driving without a valid driver's license. Salvador Hemandez-Chavez,26,Brewster, was cited for first degree driving with a revoked driver's license. January 22: Eva Garcia, Brewster, reported that someone had broken into her home during the day and stolen a video game player and some jewelry, The case is still under investigation. Level III Registered Sex Offender relocates Okanogan County Sheriff's office has stated that registered sex offender Lorren E. Dana, formerlyof79 B&O Road, Malott, has recently relocated to the Tacoma area and is now registered with that jurisdiction. Quad City Herald Established 1901 Ike VaUance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Wm. E. Vallance Associate Editor Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer John Cleveland II Sports Barb Gibb Subscriptions Rod Webster Advertising Teri Chase Ad Design John Watson Printer Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office, BOX 37 in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington 98812. Telephone i (509)689-2507. Periodicals postage paid at Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920. Postmaster, please send change of address to Quad City Herald, Box 37, Brewster, Wasington 98812. 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Okanogan $18.00 Washington State $22.00 Out of State $27.00 Out of Country 32.00 Single Copy . .50 Subscriptions must be paid in advan ,Notice of Church entertainment., where an admission fee is charged, cards of thanks, resolutions of condo. lence or notices Intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for at regular rates. Quad City school levies con't from page 1 about 340 to reach the number required to validate the election. (Levy elections must attract acertain percentage of voters from the last general election to be considered valid.) Polls in Bridgeport, Pateros and Mansfield will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. People can leave ballots at the Brewster City Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ballots must be sealed before they will be counted. QUAD CITY HERALD LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. Appreciates Pateros I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my new neighbors and the townspeople of Pateros. My family and I recently moved to Pateros and it was a difficult move for us, as wehad to leave our home, which is very important to us, and our pets, which we miss very much, behind. I am so appreciative of all the effort of all the people who have made this transition so much easier for all of us. We have been welcomed warmly into this community by all thai we have met and it means so much. I would especially like to express my gratitude to the administration and staff for a wonderful opportunity for my kids in this school system. The programs and staff personnel are all that we have ever asked for and more. The learning environment is positive and work oriented, the staffis positive toward the kids and they work hard to integrate everyone into theirprograms. The atmosphere is nurturing and inspiring to the student body. I would also like all the school district patrons and parents to know how fortunate we all are that our kids are exposed to the programs and personnel that work with them on a daily basis. You do not realize how rare this can be. We have wanted our kids to be motivated, to belong, and to feel valuable as young people. Contrary to what alot of people may believe we did not transfer to Pateros for the benefit of sports opportunities for our children. Our number one goal with our children is to make certain that they have the opportunity to grow, to develop positive self-esteem, to be success oriented, and to be treated with dignity. While this would seem a natural and guaranteed opportunity for the kids within a school system, I can assure you it is not, and it does not happen in all instances. Thank you again for the quality of the programs being offered to our kids, by quality instructors, in a quality school. I encourage all of you to get out and show your support for the awesome job that all of our educators are offering all of our kids, and to insure that all associated with our school know how much we truly appreciate everything they are doing for our kids. Again thank you to everyone who has gone out of their way to welcome our kids and us to this wonderful community and please vote YES on February 3rd so our district can know how much they mean to us, and so all that they are doing for our kids can continue. Patti L. Troutman P.O. Box 655 Pateros, WA. 98846 Bridgeport Bar area in danger of losing fire district I am writing this letter to the editor because I am very concerned about the very real possibility of losing the fire protection of District Seven on the Bridgeport Bar. I am a recently retired Fire District Commissioner for the district. During my fourteen years of service to the disa'ict, there has been a continually difficult time getting area residents interested in joining the all volanteer fn-e department. Several attempts have been made over the years to keep interest alive. However, the Fire District is now at a point of having to make difficult decision of disbanding the department due to lack of participation. Please do not allow this tohappen.The department has struggled on through the years with the participation of a few dedicated individuals such as Chief Dan Malone who has served for the past eighteen or twenty years. Many of the people who have  rved with. the depamnent have moved or retired. No one seems to appreciate what the fire department does for the protection of theirproperty and lives or seems to be interested in participating in the department. Many of us who have served on the department see it as a community service. A responsibility many of us felt was a civic duty.A way to assist our neighbors if disaster struck. I hope that spirit is not dead. If you feel that someone else will take care of these community responsibi.lities and you don't need to think or worry about it, think again. You are that somebody. Please decide to get involved.Contact Chief Dan Malone and tell him you want an application to join the department. Joe C. Looper Commissioner Fire District Seven, retired Commtmity support equals quality education Dear Editor, On February 3 the people from the Quad City Area will be going to the polls and asked to vote on a very important issue. Each School District will be running an M&O levy, each different in financial requests, but equal in the outcome of educating our children. I ask each and every voter to get involved and find out the facts about your School District levy. No matter which community we live in, or School District our kids attend, we need to support all the educational programs of our schools, so that every student will have the opportunity to experience a well rounded quality education. Dollar for Dollar education is the best and most important investment we can make in our children and the future of our communities. I urge all voters of the Quad City Area to vote YES on February 3rd. Thank you, Dan DaM, Bridgeport, WA. The Desk Behind the Editor By Doris Vallance Okay everybody dig through the heap of letters, magazines, papers and find that big white envelope that says "official ballot - do not delay", now is the time to mark it and put it in the mail. Voting on maintenance and operation levies for the schools have become a way of life anymore. Dollars out of our pockets to keep the program going for our kids'. Not a bad investment I'd say, I'm voting yes/ " A short note on a subscription renewal from former Brewsterite Ron Hauswirth. Quote "! ran into Fred Rawley at the mail boxes and it seems coincidental that two Brewster boys are next door neighbors and both o/ s get the Quad." Home for these two is in Bellevue. Little notes like this make my job of opening the mail a lot more fun and interesting. Beats the beck out of opening bills everyday/ Mentioning mail, Mayor Bonnie House shares th is post card with us. Mayor Brewster : Maybe I your community needs an old butlding in downtown Brewster where (2) pool tables are and (3) card tables where Brewster Citizens go there andplay cards & pool FREE. Exercise classes put on there. Love American Friend. Could this be an answer to my plea of something going into vacant buildings on Main Avenue? i don't think i know of anybody that has a big enough bank roll to furnish this type of FREE entertainment. It took some leg work but the boys finally filled all the little squares before the big game on Sunday. And it was a good game, I sat right there with the best of them from kickoff til final whistle. Especially happy to greet us on Monday were Marge Freels, Doug Kirk, Trevor Kelpman and total Dave Michel. We did all the work and they reaped the benefits/Something wrong with this picture wouldn't you say?