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Page 16 VlJl CCh4MIJNITY I  ra - April 1 I, 2012 Arsenic and Old Lace The Sweet Home Junior High Drama Club staged Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Wednes- day, April 4. Here, in the living room of the Brewster home, from left, are Korianna Klein as Rev. Dr. Harper, Tori Clark as Officer West, Sarcon Majors as Teddy Brewster, Ty Gru- well as Officer Brophy, Shiann Nave as Officer McNutty and Jacqueline Ohmer as Abby Brewster. Directed by Elizabeth Johnson and Colleen Henry, the production also featured Sophie Brown as Martha Brewster, Maddee Hawken as Elaine Harper, Kelsie Jackson as Mortimer Brewster, Corbitt Sanders as Mr. Gibbs, Zane Hix as Jonathan Brewster, Molly Fisher as Dr. Einstein, Edward Por- ria as Officer O'Hara, Kristen Adams as Lt. Rooney and Kayleen Keeney as Miss Witherpoon. Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sportsman's Holiday Parade Committee seeking funds for insurance, awards By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sportsman's Holiday Pa- rade committee must raise $530 for insurance by the end of the month so that it can begun acquiring permits for the annual parade. Past that, the committee must raise funds to pay for trophies and ribbons, said Chairwoman Sue O1- son. The parade, like other events formerly organized by the Chamber of Commerce, must be funded inde- pendently of the chamber, following a restructuring of the organization. Planning for the parade is under way, Olson said. A logo is being de- signed, and the theme is set, "Desti- nation: Summer Vacation." "It sort of covered everything everyone wanted," Olson said about the theme. "We were getting so many suggestions, and we could fit every- thing into that theme." The committee is considering whom to select as grand marshal right now, she said. The biggest hurdle at this point is raising cash to pay for a $2 million insurance policy, Olson said. "We have to raise, just for the insurance, $530 by the end of the month." The price is not out of line based on the coverage, Olson said. The committee has looked at policies that cost anywhere from $150 to $750, based on the amount of coverage. With insurance covered, the committee can apply to the Oregon Department of Transportation and the city of Sweet Home for the per- mits necessary for the parade. The committee is communicat- ing with the public through its Fa- cebook page under the name Sweet Home Oregon Parade Committee Group. The committee will decide who will be grand marshal, but it will take into consideration input it receives through the Facebook site, which in- cludes a poll, Olson said. She urges people go visit the page and vote. People also are welcome to vol- unteer, Olson said, and several have stepped up so far through the Face- book page. Organizers will need volunteers to help with the lineup during the parade on July 14. 1 Arrest From page 1 Sweet Home police began investigating Knurowski on March 26 after being contacted by the family of a former SHHS student. "The subsequent investigation alleges a pattern of sexual contacts between Knurowski and the juvenile female student that lasted for approximately seven months during the 2009-10 school year," said Police Chief Bob Burford. "There were ongoing sexual contacts occurring both at and away from school." The student was a junior at the time, he said. Knurowski is the second teacher to be arrested for sexual abuse this school year. Business teacher Michael Morrell was arrested last summer and pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. A third was dismissed in a plea agreement. Knurowski began working for SHHS at the beginning of the 2008- 09 school year, when he accepted an offer to teach health and PE and coach boys basketball. He has served as athletic director the past two years. Knurowski, Who is married, was head basketball coach and a PE teacher at North Salem High School before taking the position in Sweet Home. He graduated from East Linn Christian Academy and earned an associate's degree and played basketball at Hesston College in Kansas. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education at Western Oregon University and went to work at North Salem in 2004. School District 55 Supt. Don Schrader placed Knurowski on paid administrative leave when he learned of the investigation during Spring Break. The allegations have also been reported leo the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. Whenever there is a situation like this, Schrader said, the employee is allowed due process under the contract. During this process, the employee is placed on paid leave. At the same time, until due process is complete, "if it's founded or unfounded, we want to make sure this person is not in school," Schrader said. Schrader said he wanted to make people aware of the district's practice. It's something he has fol- lowed throughout his 27-year ca- reer. "If you're going to have kids by themselves in your room, make sure your door's open," Schrader said, based on the potential for allegations. "It's been a practice. It continues to be a practice, and where it's not, it should be a practice." Curriculum Director Tim Porter will handle athletic director duties throughout the rest of the year, Schrader said. He has been athletic director before. The district was planning to change how the position works next year before this investigation was initiated, Schrader said. Next year, it will be handled by a teacher on special assignment who also will handle behavior management. ll Schools From page 1 Last summer, in a memoran- dum of agreement regarding furlough days, the classified union, the teachers union and School District 55 agreed that any snow days beyond two will be made up at the end of the year and that snow days will not be used as furlough days. The remaining two snow days will not be made up. Pay for licensed staff, which is primarily teachers and administrators, will not be affected. Classified employees, who provide support services, are paid hourly and will not be paid for the two snow days or hours missed on the three school days that were delayed. Present at the meeting were board members Chanz Keeney, Dale Keene, Chairman Jason Redick, Mike Reynolds, David VanDerlip, Jenny Daniels and Kevin Burger. Absent were Michael E. Adams and Billie Weber. In other business, the board: Accepted the retirement of Jayme Zwierzyna, a teacher at Hawthorne School, effective at the end of the school year. Appointed Teresa D. Wilson to the Budget Committee. All positions on the Budget Committee have been filled. The district's budget meetings begin on April 30. Hired Kerstin Brosterhous as high school business education teacher. She has been serving in the position as a temporary employee. Accepted and appropriated a $1,500 Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund Grant for the high school Forestry Club's portable sawmill project. Declared as surplus for scrap a 1982 International four- wheel chassis.