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. Aug 2 2001 Ouad Ci~ Herald Two classified (non-teaching) positions in the Pateros School District will be eliminated for the 2001-02 school year in the budget approved by the Pateros School Board at its meeting Monday. July 30. The district's operating budget will be $2.785.403 for 2001-02. The general fund makes up the bulk of that: $2.671.841 is the projected expense for day to day op- erations. The transportation vehicle (bus purchase) fund will be $61,200 and the Associated Student Body fund was pro- jected to be $52,362. The district has paid off all construction bonds, so there is no debt service fund, and no capital im- provement expenses are anticipated. In other business, board members ap- proved a plan to use Initiative 728 funds to hire a reading specialist for the elemen- tary school. Two employees currently on staff have been interviewed, district su- perintendent Michael Smith told the board, but no one has been hired. Board members voted to increase the music and high school English positions to full-time jobs. Both had been about three-quarters positions. The board voted to declare a house owned by the district as surplus properly, and sell it. The house is located at 462 Beach Street, close to the Pateros foot- ball/baseball field. The properly must be advertised as surplus for two weeks; a public hearing on the sale is scheduled for Monday, August 13 at 6 p.m. Smith told board members that discus- sion of a possible purchase of district- owned land in Methow by Okanogan County Fire District No. 5 has been post- ported until at least next year, In the meantime, firefighters have been given permission to park on the vacant lot, with the stipulation that it be maintained. Board members approved a bid of $29,800 from Den's Painting, East Wenatchee, to paint the exterior of the school building. But they delayed a deci- sion on fixing the gym roof; Smith rec- ommended contacting the bidders and asking to examine samples of the roofing materials. Board members reviewed an energy audit report for the district. The auditor, Robert Johnson. said that the lighting and heating/cooling systems could be up- graded, which he estimated would save the district about $21,000 per year. The district is eligible for a low-interest loan to pay for the upgrades; Smith was asked to determine if the loan payments would be affordable. The project may be on the agenda of a community goal-setting ses- sion, which will be either in August or September. Board members accepted the resigna- tion of business teacher Greg Mooney. They also accepted the resignation of first grade teacher Karen Hedvall, then rehired her under a new program that allows some teachers to retire and still work full-time. Hedvall will continue as first grade teacher. Two classified (non-teaching) staff members will not be rehired for the 2001- 02 school year under terms of the operat- ing budget approved by the Brewster School Board Monday, June 23. The layoffs reflect an anticipated de- cline in enrollment. State supplied basic school support money is given to schools based on projected enrollment. Brewster district officials project an enrollment of the equivalent of 914 students for the 2001-02 school year, approximately 30 students loss than 200-01. The operating budget will be $7,901,692: most of that ($7,161,509) is: he eneral und, whichpays fo!: vice (construction bond payments) fun is $511,064, the Associated Stu- dent Body fund was projected at $188,175, and the transportation vehicle (money to buy school buses) is $40,944. No capital project expenses are antici- pated. In other business at the regular board meeting, board members adopted new graduation credit requirements. They were changed in response to changes in the high school schedule, which was switched to seven class periods. Board members hired Rachel Stahl to teach English as a second language at the high school, and Jill Simmons as a high school teacher Hardie voted, Zahn abstained Jean Hardie did not abstain during the Bridgeport School Board's vote on the proposed 2001-02 budget. Tracy Zahn was the abstaining member. Hardie voted in favor of the budget, which passed three yes votes to one no vote, and Zahn's abstention. Fourth graders measured (and remeasured) and painted playground. amultiplication table Cheryl Schweizer photo on the B ewster school students Summer school students at thing back to the community, Bird to keep it all straight. BrewsterElementary spent the third- said. "How much is 70 plus 147" Mr. from-last day of school cleaning up, Raykowski's students painted Raykowski asked. fixing up and generally sprucing up a permanent multiplication table "Eighty-two," chorused his three selected places around town. on the playground; kids can fig- helpers. They picked up litter around the ure out eight times six or 10 times "'No," said Mr. Raykowski. school grounds and along the river two by playing with the grid. The "Eighty-threeT" said one of the path, along Sunset, Indian and 7 fourth graders laid out their grid girls. streets. Students in Keith in 14-inchsquares, countingcarefully "No," said Mr. RaykowskL Raykowski's and Trina Zweigle's along the measuring tape. Well, "Oh, wait----84," said the hell rs in fourth grade class painted a multipli- not always carefully--they had chorus. cation table on the playground, to recount a couple of times. And Monday was the last day of sum- The community provides summer keeping track of the tape measure met school, Bird said. Students and school, and it's a privilege to attend, and the chalk marks and all the parents were invited to a barbeeue on saiddirect rShaneBird'Thecleanup stuff and then having to add num- Friday, followed by a pool party for was a way for the kids to give some- bers on top of that well, it's tough the children. y association elects At the first meeting it was decided to change the name to "'EASTERN WASHINGTON PONY ASSOCIA- TION" so there would be no confu- sion with the "'PONY CLUB" termi- nology - which indicates an Eques- trian principle of schooling. Elections were held with the Baker-Oroville, Secretary: Juanita Cooksey - Loom[s, Treasurer: Lynn Davis - Brewster, Bridge- port, Discussion was held about the necessary elements needed in order to hold a show in October. Ideas are needed for a Logo. 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