Polk County News Polk County Itemizer-Observer • January 24, 2018 District, charter to work it out The Itemizer-Observer DALL AS — A crowd of parents of Dallas Community School students gathered in the Dallas School District’s board room Monday night worried that the district might consider shutting down the charter school. Two weeks ago, Oregon School Board Association Board Development Specialist Kristen Miles presented the results of her review of the charter school to the board. She found the school is out of compliance with required instructional hours, offering a comprehensive educational program, and is below state and Dallas School District averages in academic perfor- mance. As the charter sponsor, it is the district’s job to assure DCS is meeting requirements. DCS, in its third year of a five-year charter, is designed to provide resources for home- school families. Though the school has licensed teachers assigned as education guides for students, most instruction is provided by parents. Public schools, including charter schools, are required to offer a minimum amount of instruc- tion by a licensed teacher. While those issues concern members of the board and dis- trict staff, board members took no official action to terminate Dallas Community School’s charter. Instead, the board directed Superintendent Mi- chelle Johnstone to work with DCS leaders to find solutions. “The charter was just ap- proved a few years ago. We knew there was going to be a few issues on startup,” said board member Michael Blanchard. “We want to not overlook the seriousness of some of the things that were in there, but … we want to find a way to continue to move forward.” The board gave the school 90 days to report how it will address the compliance issues. “I would like to thank the board for giving us the oppor- tunity to work with Michelle and work through some of the deficiencies that were outlined in the report,” said DCS Direc- tor Bill Conlon. “We have taken that very seriously and some of the deficiencies we’ve already corrected. We’ll be happy to work with Michelle and show her what we’ve been working on.” Parents and students thanked the board for being willing to work with DCS leaders. “To me it is the best of both worlds,” said parent Amber Garrison, who has two daugh- ters enrolled at DCS. “Dallas Community School offers the enrichments my kids wouldn’t otherwise take — choir, yoga and sign language.” She said the school mea- sures academic growth and performs entrance and exit evaluations to see if students are on track. “The guides that oversee our family are teachers,” Gar- rison added. “They know our kids intimately. Our kids share their excitement or fears about certain subjects, and these hardworking teachers find resources that work for our family.” Wendy Sparks, one of the founders of DCS, said she’s glad the collaborative relation- ship the school had with the district in the beginning of the charter still exists. “I’m extremely pleased to hear that that spirit is going to continue to for next 90 days or so,” Sparks said. Arson damage to the (house), I don’t think recognizance release is appropriate today,” Caso said. Both defendants will appear on Thursday at 1:14 p.m. in Court Room No. 4 for a pre- liminary hearing and release hearing. The fire occurred on Dec. 29, and was declared an arson by the Oregon State Fire Mar- shal’s Office, according to court documents. Investigators found evi- dence at the scene, including an empty ham and Swiss sand- wich container from Safeway, Milwaukee’s Best beer cans, a cellphone, and impressions from Georgia Romeo boots left in white paint that was spilled in the house. Officers reviewed video from Safeway to identify Del- ano as the person who pur- chased the beer and sandwich, and who was wearing boots that were a potential match for the shoe prints in the house. Investigators served a search warrant on the phone, and found it belonged to Elizabeth Underwood, according to court documents. She told po- lice her nephew, Delano, lost the phone. On Jan. 14, a Dallas officer spotted Delano on Miller Ave- nue in Dallas and brought him in for an interview. He admitted to police he was the person on the Safeway video, and that he had broken into the house to drink with a friend, who he identified as Mock. Delano claimed that Mock wanted to vandalize the house and set the fire. Mock would say the op- posite when interviewed by police a day later. “He said Delano broke the door and was the one who started the fire in the house,” Buchholz reported. “He admit- ted to later throwing debris on the fire as it was burning.” According to police, after fleeing the house, the pair used Mock’s cellphone to make vid- eos about the fire. “I heard both Delano and Stanley talk about what ‘we did’ and Stanley made a short selfie video say ‘we’ burnt the house down as fire trucks were driving behind them,” Buch- holz wrote. The Itemizer-Observer DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved the hire of Scott Whyte as the city’s new planning director. Whyte started on Friday, and is the first to fill the newly created management position, created when Jason Locke was laid off. Whyte will oversee the planning department and building division, according to the new department struc- ture the council adopted last month. Whyte has 27 years planning experience, the last 22 of those were spent working for the cit- ies of Hillsboro and Beaverton. As the senior planner for Bea- verton, he was the person who meets with developers early in the application process. “I’ve worked in long-range planning and current plan- ning, lots of development applications I’ve seen through FALLS CITY — The old medical clinic on North Main St. in Falls City is now the property of the city. The Falls City City Council accepted the donation of the buildings located at 304 and 306 N. Main St. on Jan. 11. Luck- iamute Clinic closed in 2014. The property was owned by Steele Family, LLC, who agreed to donate the property if the city paid for an appraisal, which the council agreed to do in June 2016, but the deal stalled due to legal concerns. Owners Steele Family, LLC contacted the city in December to say if the city would pay for the title work, the transfer could be completed. With the property in hand, the council wants to explore options for its use. Acting City Manager Terry Ungricht said the building’s condition is a concern and the first order of business is to inspect it. FC council puts fire levy on ballot FALLS CITY — The Falls City City Council voted on Jan. 11 to place a five-year local option levy on the May 15 ballot. The levy will cost $1 per $1,000 assessed value on properties, and raise $220,983 over the five years. If approved, the levy would help pay for equipment for the Falls City Fire Department, such as new breathing unit that allow firefighters to enter burning buildings; tools for fighting fires and emergency medical services; a tender truck; and an emergency duty vehicle. Levy proceeds could also supplement the department’s op- erations budget. the years,” he said at a council work session last week. “I make sure that they understand stan- dards, and I welcome them to the community. I certainly make sure they know the ex- pectations of the council, what the policies are. I’m just de- lighted I have the opportunity to serve your city.” He had 12 years supervisory experience, which included hiring and training new plan- ners. “There’s rewarding times and there are challenging times,” he said. “Those who are in Beaverton right now, they are really good professionals. There’s some people who are really devoted to serving the public. I love seeing that. That’s the enjoyable part of being a supervisor.” He said moving from Bea- verton to a much smaller com- munity will take some getting Come and see me for your hearing needs. Arts grant helps Ash Creek Arts Center SALEM — Small grants were awarded to 79 statewide arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY 2018. Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide op- erating support to arts organizations with budgets less than $150,000. 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