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l tef "rn - February 15, 2012 Page 13 ] Cascadia addresses, Barnes said. Some moved, so the total number of box holders has fallen slightly to From page 1 about 50. I "This was approved through cadia gets a new Post Office of its own or whether it closes for good, Burger said, but the boxes at Foster will give residents bet- ter access seven days a week. "Any decision on the future of any post office closure has been delayed till May," Barnes said. In the meantime, his Post Office is just facilitating getting mail to Cascadia residents. "That's especially brought in for them," Barnes said of the new boxes. "They have not had to change their addresses at all. We're just maintaining the status quo." The bank of post office boxes includes 60 units and has plenty of room for Cascadia box hold- ers. Some residents who are eligible for street delivery have put in forwarding to their street the efforts of Debbie Lambert, the Area Four manager," Barnes said. "She worked hard to en- sure that Cascadians would have boxes." Burger said she and other residents are worried about the impact on their community of losing their Post Office, which has no other public gathering op- tions other than Cascade Bible Church. "That's really a detriment to us because we had a disaster," she said. "Everybody's hanging their hat on May." Contact among community members is already lower, she said. They don't bump into each other at the Post Office, and there is no community bulletin board. "That's the extra tax we, as Cascadians, have to pay," Burger said. Photo by Scan C. Morgan Postmaster Bob Barnes displays" the new 60-unit bank of post office boxes installed for Cascadia boxholders at Foster Post Office. II Schools From page 1 Mike E. Adams. Voting no were Chanz Keeney, David VanDerlip and Kevin Burger. Billie Weber was absent, but she had previously voiced opposition to the proposal. Later, during board comments, Chanz Keeney protested the speed of the vote. Usually, he said, the chairman asks if there are any questions. This time, he was distracted by Adams, who was at the board meeting remotely by using Skype and he didn't get a chance to respond because he believed Redick had closed the questions and called for a vote more quickly than usual. Redick said he gave it the same amount of time as usual, and if it was quicker, he certainly hadn't been meant to cut off discussion or questions. "I am really disappointed," Keeney said. "Our surveys we sent out - the public said, no, we want to keep a five-day school week." If other options for saving money were listed and available on the survey, Keeney believes that the four-day week would have had less public support, he said. "I haven't heard any regular folks out there say they wanted a four-day school week. I don't feel they are going to support that. You haven't let anything else in. This was rushed through. I feel there was probably more input that should have been given." Several members of the audience applauded. "I'm going to excuse myself from the board meeting," Keeney said and then left followed by a half dozen members of the audience. The four-day week was among a list of options meant to cut next year's budget. The district faces an estimated funding gap of about $1 million. Supt. Don Schrader is anticipating savings of $340,000 by implementing a four-day week. Meanwhile, Business Mana- ger Kevin Strong told the board that about $1.045 million of its $1.721 million in cuts for this school year were one-time savings, such as furlough days, no step increases for staff and drawing down long,term savings funds. Approximately $658,000 is sustainable savings. "One of the decisions will be do we go for one-time savings versus sustainable savings," Strong said. Redick said he supported the four-day week because "it's the least impactful out of all the options. That's my personal opinion." Keene echoed his comment. Next up, the district will need to sit down with licensed and classified staff and look at the proposed calendar, Schrader said. The board is getting a meeting set up with the licensed staff in March to begin bargaining, and this will be one of the main items. The board will have to bargain some issues with the classified as well, Schrader said. For example, some employees are six-hour employees by contract. Under the new schedule, they may be seven- hour employees because the school day will be longer. "I'm sure other things will pop up," Schrader said. Schrader thinks that the community could be more supportive of a four-day week now, he said. If he had to do it again, he thinks he would have run the survey right before this meeting because the information available to the public earlier was limited. Schrader's proposed calendar includes 17 in-service days scheduled on Fridays for teachers and some classified, he said. "Our administrators are really excited about the training opportunities with staff." Right now, they can't find the time, and they're going to need it as they begin dealing with Common Core Curriculum guidelines, Schrader said. That's also going to add hours back. for some classified staff members, and the district plans on pursuing grants to fund the training. In other business, the board: Unanimously adopted a resolution placing a local option levy on the May 15 ballot to raise 32 cents per $1,000 of valuation to fund pool operations. The proposal is for two years and would raise some $90,000 annually. Boys and Girls Club launcr, es vl'o,jram t,9 leach kids The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lebanon and Sweet Home, assisted by students from Western Univer- sity of Health Sciences in Lebanon, has launched a Skills, Mastery and Resistance Training program thatl teaches children to confront the use of drugs and alcohol and the issues of bullying and teen pregnancy. Developed by the Boys & Girls Club of America, the SMART Moves program, as it is known, has been successfully implemented na- tionwide for the past 20 years. The program has been recognized as one of 10 exemplary primary pre- vention programs by the U.S. Of- fice of Substance Abuse Prevention and has been proven by Columbia University study to dramatically reduce the use of drugs and rate of youth crime in various communi- ties. "SMART Moves has such a positive impact on our youth," said Stephanie Taylor, the Senior Club- house Director for the Lebanon Club. "Children of all ages need someone to support them and help them form a positive self-image so they can make good decisions in their lives." Andi Casteel, the director of the Sweet Home Club added, "SMART Moves was not made to help kids who are in trouble. We at the Boys & Girls Club firmly believe that every child has some- thing special to add to the com- munity, and the SMART Moves program will help give them the strength and confidence they need to be healthy, make good decisions, and positively impact the world around them." Denied an open enrollment option to students outside the district, the same position taken by the Lebanon and Albany school districts regarding a new law allowing inter-district transfers. The board voted unanimously. Restored Food Services Supervisor Millie Horton to full- time from .85 full-time equivalent. Her hours were reduced voluntarily to help cover funding shortfalls, but her workload has required her to work full-time, Schrader told the board. The board voted 8-0 to restore her position. Approved the resignation of Kim Gillis, speech and language pathologist, effective at the end of the school year. Changed Seth Johnson's resignation date from March 4 to June 15. Johnson is the High School alternative education teacher. Declared as surplus 13 foldable tables at Hawthorne School. Approved and appropriated an $888 Linn-Benton-Lincoln Education Service District grant to be used to develop a high school transition program. healthy living The SMART Moves program is being implemneted at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lebanon and Sweet Home on Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m., featuring age appropriate curriculum for children ages 6-15. Signed parental permission forms will be necessary for the students to participate in the program and will be handed out in the weeks prior. "I am really excited to work with teenagers in the SMART Moves program," said Ashley Egg- er, a first-year osteopathic medical student at Western University of Health Sciences who will be vol- unteering at the Lebanon Club. "Much of what I value today I learned through mentorship re- lationships when I was a young teenager, and now I am happy that I get to give that same opportunity to other kids. I want them to know how special they are and they don't need to be a bully, smoke, or use drugs or alcohol to be popular and cool." For more information or to participate in the program, visit