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Huge relief at Lincoln County School District Office

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Aug 042010
 

The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed a hotly contested emergency relief bill for the nation’s schools, fire fighters, police and public employees. On a 61-38 vote, with two Republicans crossing over, the Senate passed a massive relief bill that means $274 million dollars for Oregon which is expected to save 1,600 teacher jobs and $156 million to help the state pay its share of Medicaid which helps the poor get medical services.

Although Republican senators voted against it, charging it’s a bail-out for the union friends of the Democrats, moderate Senate Republicans Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine switched over to give the nation’s Kindergarten through 12th grades a more predictable school year in front of them with more teachers to guide them through their education. Continue reading »

Obama Administration sends $88 million to Oregon to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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Aug 042010
 

The Obama Administration has approved $600 million in emergency funds to help unemployed homeowners nationwide avoid foreclosure. $88 million of that is aimed at Oregon where a number of local homeowner assistance organizations are already trying to help those who face the loss of their home through first or second liens, facilitate short sales and/or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and help in paying past due mortgage payments. It’s estimated that over seven thousand Oregon homeowners can be helped by the new program.

The story appears in this morning’s Portland Oregonian.
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http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/oregon_gets_federal_money_to_h.html

Another “Video letter” home to Mombetsu for the families of Newport’s Sister City!

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Aug 032010
 


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Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation to Newport had a very full day today, from crafting with agates, to dancing and playing games with young Shakespearian actors. Then more dancing, class time and exploring at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Enjoy. Arigatō!

Six out of 16 Lincoln County School fail Federal AYP standards

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Aug 032010
 

The federal No Child Left Behind report card on Lincoln County schools for the 2009-10 school year was disappointing. According to the Oregon State Department of Education only 10 of the county’s 16 schools made what is called “adequate yearly progress” in the areas of reading and math. One bright spot is that Taft Elementary finally got off the “Needs Improvement” list. Taft Elementary achieved adequate yearly progress for two years in a row.

The schools that did make adequate yearly progress are schools that have usually made the list. They are Crestview Heights, Eddyville Charter, Isaac Newton Magnet School, Lincoln City Career Tech High, Newport High, Newport Prep, Oceanlake Elementary, Sam Case Elementary, Taft Elementary and Waldport High. Continue reading »

Lincoln County Superintendent: “Isaac Newton to remain open this school year”

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Aug 032010
 

Although mentioned during school district budget talks recently, Schools Superintendent Tom Rinearson has announced that Isaac Newton Magnet School will remain open for the upcoming school year.

Preliminary discussions about how to cut up to $4.5 million from the 2010-11 school year to reflect declining revenues, Isaac Newton was proposed to be closed, with its students to be re-directed to Newport Prep and Newport Intermediate. A predictable hue and cry went up across the community pointing out that Isaac Newton is an excellent school that has outperformed most other intermediate schools in the state. Its students and parents urged the district to take its closure off the table. Rinearson agreed. At least for this year. Continue reading »

South Beach residents to be asked about park/open space issues

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Aug 032010
 

The Newport City Council Monday night found itself between past and future ideas about how to bring more parks and open space to the South Beach area of town. The last community consensus on the issue was made prior to the word “NOAA” became an emerging household word, and so City Councilor Patricia Patrick-Joling suggested to the council that they re-open their dialog with South Beach residents about where to go from here. Continue reading »

Further analysis shows potentially 12 fewer school days this coming year in Lincoln County

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Aug 022010
 

During their board retreat this past weekend, the Lincoln City School Board got a glimpse of how Superintendent Tom Rinearson is angling the district toward balancing its budget in the face of what he claims will be closer to a $4.5 million dollar revenue reduction before the year’s out.

First, there likely will be up to 12 fewer school days for students from Lincoln City to Waldport. Their added days off will be November 12 and 24. No changes in December. In January, no school on January 3, 10, 24. February, no school February 7 and 28. In March, no school March 28 and 29. In April, no changes. In May, no changes. But in June, strike out June 13, 14, and 15th. These dates are expected to be finalized shortly by the school board.

Meanwhile, teachers have agreed to their own 12 days of furloughed leave. But even at that, Rinearson says it only gets the district $1.2 million toward their cut goal of $4.5 million. He said they will be playing it by ear all year, watching the state’s official economic forecasts, the first coming in late August. He said they’re also not relying on Washington DC for any further bail out money like they got this past year.

Newport City Manager: We need to work out next year’s employee labor costs starting now.

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Aug 022010
 

Jim Voetberg, Newport City Manager

Although the books haven’t been closed for hardly a month on the last set of city employee labor negotiations and agreements, City Manager Jim Voetberg told his city council Monday night he’s already planning to sit down with union leaders in an attempt to hammer out a leaner wage and benefit package for next year, namely because city finances will likely be even tighter then. Continue reading »

Mombetsu’s Sister City delegation dances into Newport City Hall

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Aug 022010
 


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Again, another video letter home to the parents and friends of Newport’s Sister City delegation visiting the Oregon Coast this week. The girls today went on a Discovery Sea Life Cruise, shopped the Bayfront, visited the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and engaged in some Paper Making sculpture at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Continue reading »

Still not too late to donate to Newport’s Relay for Life

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Aug 022010
 


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More than forty Relay for Life teams spent Friday night and into Saturday walking and running the track at Newport High, raising money to further the fight against cancer. Although many of the donations have already been tallied up, it’s still not too donate, and help make a difference in efforts to rid the planet of Cancer.