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I I ° I Cheryl Schweizer photo Sixth graders (and other Brewster students) picked up pieces of trash big and small all across town. Brewster students &apos;sweep' the city €00lean Brewster students wandered the streets of town last Friday afternoon, April 24---with the full approval of their teachers. (Actually their teachers were with them.) They were not being led astray, but rather doing a community service. The kids were participating in the second annual cleanup, looking for discarded paper and plastic, cans and bottles, and various kinds of junk. High school and janior high students picked up trash on Brewster Plaza, Hospital Hill, the streets downtown and the area between Bridge Street and the river. Grade school students cleaned the city parks, the school property and the streets around the school campus. It was a sunny, warm, windy day; the kids in Marilyn Gibbons' class celebrated their sheer pleasure in being outside---as if on a signal--by lifting their empty trash bags to the sky and letting them fill with wind. i No Job Too Small  Whites -- RJ s Lock Service Construction Co. --o--ole--i New construction, lw Md ' L____ remodel & repair "'-" ....... • . . Locks Repaired Commercial & Resldennal . 11I Emergency Openmg 111 30 Years Experience ag"t I II KEN,WHITE, owner  <IU E! IrES (509)422:3714 UcilBrr ov.7"UOU "l'z,.TV ,LAST _ p LEFT. Loaded, leather, front bucket seats, tow package & more. LAST LE,FT! 1997 Savana Full size van, 8 passenger, loaded, tow package. ':i , : I Come In & Make Your Own Deall But Mrs. Gibbons put them to the task quickly enough when they reached their assigned area, which was the roads around and through theAngle Trailer Park. After their first sweep along the fence she called them back and pointed out some little pieces of battered paper they had missed. She told them they had to pick up all the little paper scraps, old drinking straws and pieces of plastic; the kids sighed and moaned, but lhey reexamined the ground along the fence just like she instructed. The haul was not as great this year, said district superintendent Jim Kelly. (The cleanup day was Kelly's idea, something he sponsored in school districts in Montana where he served as an administrator.) The kids,found fewer old tires and other big pieces of junk. Nevertheless they managed to come close to filling a 30-yard dumpster. Quad City. Herald April 30:1998 Pateros seeking new school board member Paga 5 Letters of interest being accepted through May 14 for vacant District 2 position Pateros School Board members are soliciting applications to fill a vacant board position. The board position for Director District No. 2 was left vacant by the resignation of Kathy Rogahn earlier this month. Rogahn's district included the portion of the school district between Indian Dan Canyon and the west bank of the Methow River, but did not include any part of the town. Her replacement must come from that district. Letters of interest will be accepted through 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14. People who want more information can contact the school district office. In other businessat the regular board meeting Monday, April 27, board members discussed proposals for relieving some of the overcrowding expected during the 1998-99 school year. A combination of increased enrollment and additional programs is expected to cause difficulties in finding room on campus for everyone. Members of the district's facilities committee, who include community members and school employees, submitted some recommendations to the board. Those would include moving the student store and some special programs to new locations; music and band classes might be moved to the auxiliary gymnasium to make room for a Head Start class. Another option would be to buy two portable classrooms being offered for sale by the Methow Valley School District. Those could be used as a custodian's office and for storage. as well as a football/baseball field concession area. The portables would cost about $7,000; board members postponed a decision about purchase until the May 7 meeting. Board members discussed an inquiry about instituting a four-period day for sixth graders. The sixth graders dochange classes, but they do not take 90-minute classes. Nolan said he has read studies that indicate year-round math and English courses are morebeneficial forstudmts, and not only in sixth grade. Pateros High School principal Joe Worsham said he will survey the school staffon 'the four-period day concept. Nolan said he and Worsham will continue to research the four-period day schedule and its effects. Board members discussed a numbex of summer school proposals. Nolan saidthereare threepossibiliti¢ for summer school programs, each paid for through different funding, sources and affecting diffexent students. Volunteers from AmeriCorps, a federally sponsored program, arc planningasummerschoolemphasizing reading: a second program targets students learning English as a second language. A grant may be available from the Washington Reading Corps, a state-funded program, as well, Nolan said• He asked board members about offering breakfast and lunch programs during summer school, and will investigate transportation costs. N01an told board members that district officials had purchased five new computers with a grant designed to improve math skills. Special L00c00ard meeting to discuss school financing Brewster School Board members will hold a special meeting Friday, May 8 to discuss school financing and budget preparation. District superintendent Jim Kelly said he wanted to give board members an in-depth, detailed explanation of school financing, following reports of financial troubles at two area school districts. He said he wanted to make sure board members understood the financing process, how the budget is prepared and board's role.The meeting will be at 7 a.m.; district patrons are invited. In other business at the regular meeting Monday, April 27, board members discussed a program of night classes now underway at Brewster High School. Kelly said eight of the 20 students enrolled are not attending the regular school program; the remaining students are trying to make up academic credits. He said the district has reserved some I I money from the maintenance and operations levy passed in February to pay part ofthecost ofa similarprogram during the 1998-99 school year. Board members approved the hiring of administrators, administrative support personnel and certificated (teaching) stafffor the 1998-99 school year. Kelly said he expects to add two teaching positions to meet expected enrollment. Kelly talked about enrollment and writing the budget for the next school year;, hesaidplans tobase hisprojecfions on a budget of 890 students. That is about the yearly average for the 1997- 98 school year. Board members voted to move the next regular meeting toTuesday, May 26, in order to avoid conflicts with the Memorial Day holiday. Board members (and district patrons) were invited to the May 19 meeting of the Parent Advisory Committee of the district's migrant education program. Among the items on the agenda will he a review oftheprogram during the 1997- 98 school year. 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