From Lincoln County Schools
Board Vice Chair Liz Martin announced that the Board would like to name the gym at Sam Case “Rinearson Court” in recognition of Superintendent Tom Rinearson and his many contributions to LCSD over the last ten years.
The Board approved this idea, and noted their desire to hold the February 11th board meeting at Sam Case to dedicate the gym as mentioned.
Lincoln City Urban Renewal Presentation
Director Kurt Olsen of the Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency introduced Lincoln City representatives in attendance (Mayor Dick Anderson, Assistant Urban Renewal Director Alison Robertson, and Finance Director Debbie Mammone), and presented a proposal developed by that agency. Mr. Olsen reported they would like to amend their Year 2000 Development Plan in order to fund infrastructure projects, thus allowing development in the north end of Lincoln City. Expected results of this plan include an increase in construction excise tax funds to LCSD as well as local construction jobs.
Mr. Olsen noted the urban renewal agency will meet on January 27th at 5:00 p.m. in Lincoln City Council Chambers to discuss the plan and receive input on it.
Newport Intermediate Counselor Erin Carey presented a slide show of the many activities in which students there have participated. She reported students are learning about respect as well as character education and leadership skills.
Fifth grade students Jillian Thompson and Hattie Imbler-Bremner shared a presentation about the leadership and anti-bullying skills they are studying.
21st Century Grant Update
Joyce Thompson Graham described the new 21st Century Grant that provides after school enrichment programs focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
The program is offered at five school based sites (Taft Elementary, Sam Case, Siletz Valley School, Toledo Elementary and Crestview Heights) along with the Neighbors for Kids site in Depoe Bay. There is also a partnership between Crestview Heights and Seashore Family Literacy Center.
216 students are now participating in the program, with 150 on the waiting list. Ms. Thompson invited interested parties to volunteer for and/or donate to the program.
Superintendent Rinearson thanked the many organizations and individuals around the county who joined forces to help homeless youth at the holidays, including World Mark, Mariner’s Square, District Office staff, OCCC nursing students, the Newport Rotary, Cohen and Park Photography, Yaquina Bay Communications and local businesses. “This is an indicator of our community and partnerships, and the amazing things that can happen when they are aligned,” said Rinearson.
Approval of Planned Course Statement, Gender Studies
The Board approved a new course developed by Taft 7-12 titled Gender Studies. The class will provide Fine Arts credit and adds to the number of high academic caliber electives available. The class will be offered starting the second semester of this school year.
Approval of Planned Course Statement, Stress Management
The Board approved a new course developed by Toledo Jr./Sr. High titled Stress Management. The class will provide elective credit and will teach students how to manage stress by using a variety of relaxation techniques. This class will also be offered starting at the second semester.
Ocean Literacy Update
Teacher on Special Assignment Matt Love and graphic artist Tim Sproul described the “Devocean” (devotion to the ocean) effort debuting in Lincoln County School District. LCSD administrators, teachers, students and community partners in marine science and education have collaborated together to study the ocean in innovative ways.
Devocean is a new awareness-raising campaign that will showcase the many extraordinary happenings related to ocean education in the district. Board members were presented with sweatshirts bearing the Devocean logo in honor of school board recognition month.
Superintendent Succession Plan
The search for a new superintendent is in process, with the application materials available on the district website. The position closes January 31st; the Board and screening committee are scheduled to meet February 5th for training, followed by a closed session to begin looking at applications. First interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place about February 20th to 22nd.
Next Regular Session Meeting: February 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Sam Case Primary School.