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    The Columbia Press
July 9, 2021
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Transportation director wins state award
Cindy Kirby rides down Main Avenue in the Fourth of July Pa-
rade.
The Columbia Press
Cindy Kirby, director of
transportation for the War-
renton-Hammond
School
District, was named state
Transportation Supervisor of
the Year.
The award from the Oregon
Pupil Transportation Asso-
ciation was announced June
29 during its annual confer-
ence in Bend.
Bus drivers under Kirby’s
supervision asked the district
to nominate her for the hon-
or, Superintendent Tom Ro-
gozinski said.
“This speaks volumes about
the respect and appreciation
they and our entire district
staff have for her leadership,”
he said. “There is no one more
deserving of this award. Cin-
dy’s work is always anchored
in doing what is best for our
students. She is a tenacious
problem-solver who regular-
ly goes above and beyond to
serve our families.”
Kirby’s staff of bus driv-
ers insisted she ride in the
Fourth of July Parade as a
way to honor her for all of her
hard work.
She led the team in deliv-
ering lunches to children
throughout the communi-
ty during the summer and
throughout the pandemic
closures.
She also came up with an
idea to recycle outdated foot-
Upward Bound program teaches college survival skills
parents have no four-year
Upward Bound Sum-
degree or are economical-
mer Academy, an out-
ly disadvantaged.
reach program for high
There are 73 students in
schoolers headed to col-
the program from War-
lege, has kids learning
renton, Astoria, and Sea-
sign language, wilder-
side.
ness survival skills and
The academy consists
robotics coding.
of two components: aca-
The academy started
demic classes and experi-
June 21 and runs week-
ential learning.
days through July 29
Students are fed break-
with field trips every Fri-
fast
when they arrive at
day.
Biological Technician Kayla Fermin
the college. Then they
The U.S. Department talks to students Val Wallace, Susana
take two one-hour aca-
of Education provides Velasquez-Huanosta, Dylan Atwood,
demic classes.
$353,059 annually for Austin Atwood and Alex Tapia.
After lunch, students
the Clatsop Community
College program, now in its works with students from participate in a three-hour
29th year. Upward Bound families where the parent or experiential learning project
Former Warrenton man dies in Cabo San Lucas
A former Warrenton resi-
dent died July 5 after he was
struck by a car while walking
across a street in Cabo San
Lucas, Mexico.
Steven Maltman, 41, grew
up in Clatsop County, grad-
uated from Seaside High
School in 1997, and had been
living in the resort town for
several years.
He had been in the hospital
for more than a week
Wednesday, approx-
with multiple frac-
imately
$40,000
tures to his spine,
had been raised.
ribs, legs and skull
He is survived by
when he succumbed
his mother, Theresa
to his injuries.
Gannaway of War-
A GoFundMe ac-
renton; his father,
count has been set
Mike Maltman of
up to help the fam-
Seaside; sisters Mi-
ily with medical
chelle Doney of Sea-
Maltman
bills as Maltman
side and Rebecca
did not have insurance. As of Heinrichs of San Diego.
group.
This year, they’re learning
Clatsop wilderness surviv-
al and stewardship; math
in game theory; and art and
writing in nature.
To learn more, contact Jon
Graves at 503-325-2898.
ball jerseys and helmets by
using them for a community
fundraiser, proceeds to ben-
efit Warrenton High School
sports programs.
“We think Cindy deserves
this award because she does
a tremendous job,” the dis-
trict’s transportation team
wrote in her nomination ap-
plication.
“This place would fall apart
without her. Because we are
a small district and have a
small budget, Cindy has to
wear many hats. She is a
leader, organizer, part me-
chanic, driver, mentor, secre-
tary, friend.”
Kirby always has a positive
attitude, her drivers say. And
this year there have been
driver shortages, bus break-
downs, highway closures and
COVID-19.
“She has done so much,”
bus driver Leanna Glover
said. “This (the award) is a
big deal and would raise the
spirits of the community and
increase awareness of the
lunch program.”