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Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 50 75 Cents Kari Bennett solos in "Mary Rocked the Little Baby" dar- ing Friday's Singing Christmas Tree performance. At right, Mrs. and Santa Claus (Penny and Don Gonzalez) wave at spectators during the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday. Christmas fun last weekend included the Singing Christmas Tree, with performances Friday through Sunday, the parade and four bazaars, including the Genealogy Library, the Sweet Home Public Library, the Sweet Home Evangelical Church and Sweet Home Christian Church. For more photos see page 11. Potos by Sean C. Morgan ard holds off dmin contract By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board Monday tabled a proposed five-year master contract for administrators until the January board meeting. The proposed contract changes little from the previous contract, said Chairman Jason Redick, who has been Working with administrators on the contract. The board approved a new salary schedule and step increases for the administrators in November, but it hasn't approved contract language yet. Chanz Keeney wanted to discuss further a "me-too" clause in the contract that gives administrators the same cost- of-living raises and insurance premium increases as teachers. "Is there any reason this contract can't be negotiated separate from the "certified?" Keeney asked. He said the board should retain as much power as it could, the ability to freeze wages, See Schools, page 12 Fifth-day options for kids still going strong By Sean C. Morgan start of the school year to plan Friday "Day opens on Jan. 11, and the other schools open Of The New Era Five Enrichment" activities for District 55 theirs on Jan. 18. Three loc. al organizations are continu- students. The centers will provide an opportunity ing to offer activities to students on Fridays, District 55 reduced the school week for students to get caught up on homework and School District 55 will soon open up to four days this year. Students have most and get organized to be more successful in an opportunity for students to get help with Fridays off from school. They attend school class, Strong said. High school students will their school work on Fridays. on Fridays when holidays close schools on be able to access online projects as well. Those were among the reports given at Mondays. Each school will set its own times, Thursday, Dec. 6, during a "Day 5 Enrich- School District Strong said, and they're still working out ment" follow-up meeting held at the Sweet "We're right now in the process of start- details. Information will be posted on the Home police station community room. ing what we call Student Resource Centers district's website, sweethome.kl2.or.us. Eight representatives of local organiza- on Fridays," said District 55 Business Man- Boys and Girls Club tions gathered to discuss how Fridays are ager Kevin Strong. The Resource Centers The Boys and Girls Club program is going this year and update each other on provide one more option for students on Fri- their activities. The group met before the days. The Sweet Home High School center See Fridays, page 13 SH Municipal Court collections at $1 million By Sean C. Morgan tions agency the following year to begin col- collected otherwise. Of The New Era lecting that cash. The city's auditors would The amount of unpaid fines is higher than ,, The city of Sweet Home has collected write off fines after 10 years, in 1999, but some of the outstanding $3.5 mil- about $1 million in delinquent fines through its The city hired an employee with a finance lion has been written off as well. During the Municipal Court since it began turning unpaid background specifically to start turning those 1990s, the amount of unpaid fines was already fines over to a collections agency in 1999. fines over to collections and tracking the infor- increasing, which prompted the decision to be- lt has turned about $4.5 million in fines mation, said Finance Director Pat Gray. "We gin turning fines over to collections. over to collections since then. couldn't collect them any other way.""I think you hve fewer people paying," In 1998, the city had $1.1 million in out- It's working, Gray said. Without aggres- standing fines, and the city turned to a collec- sively pursuing the fines, the fines wouldn't be See Court, page 7 Wish come true Sawyer Slack, 18, holds an Alienware computer he received through the Make A Wish Foundation of Oregon and Clark County,. Wash. He is in remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A social worker at Doernbecher initiated the Make A ,Wish process prior to the remission. Slack ate dinner and received his wish at All-Star PizzaSaturday, Dec. 8, with family and friends.