Hermiston herald. (Hermiston, Or.) 1994-current, August 26, 2015, Image 18

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015
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into one location.”
He said the district
would likely have to pur-
chase modular classrooms
before the next school
year to accommodate the
growth. He said the district
is already looking into what
to buy and where to place
them.
“I think the biggest chal-
lenge our community faces
with regard to the school
district is how to handle
this continued growth,” he
said. “The long-term ques-
tion is how do we address
that growing student enroll-
ment with the challenges of
limited capacity at each one
of our schools.”
Smith said, despite the
added challenges of relo-
cating district staff to make
room for students, he is
excited for the upcoming
school year. He said stu-
dents may see some chang-
es this year.
Elementary school stu-
dents will have enhanced
technology opportunities,
he said, with grades three
through ¿ ve having one-to-
one access to devices in the
classroom.
Opportunities for high
school students are ex-
panding as well. Smith said
more dual credit, enhanced
placement and online learn-
ing opportunities will be
available this year. He said
an additional art teacher has
been hired to offer a digital
arts program for students
wishing to study ¿ lm mak-
ing and video editing. The
Columbia Basin Student
Homebuilder Program will
be back again this year, he
said, and students have al-
ready broken ground on the
second house.
Maiocco said the district
is also trying to proactive-
ly partner with parents this
year to stress the impor-
tance of student attendance.
“Every day matters,” he
said. “If a student is not on
track in September in ¿ rst
grade, they are likely not on
track to be at grade level in
reading at grade three,” he
said. “They’re more likely
to become a chronic absen-
tee than to be on track for
reading in grade three.”
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fore the 2014-15 school
year.
Prior to working in
Hermiston,
McElligott
worked for the Morrow
County School District
and coached softball and
basketball at Irrigon High
School. While head coach
of the Knights, McElligott
won state titles in both
sports. He was also a math
teacher.
Morrow County Sheriff
Ken Matlack said his of¿ ce
investigated allegations of a
sex crime at the high school
involving McElligott while
he was working there.
“We looked at some re-
ported allegations,” he said.
“There was no evidence of
a criminal act or witnesses
that could provide any in-
formation that there was a
criminal act involving Mr.
McElligott, and that was
closed out as ‘no action can
be taken.’”
Hermiston police chief
Jason Edmiston said the
department also investi-
gated allegations involving
McElligott in February and
determined the allegations
were not sustained. He said
the Department of Human
Services provided the in-
formation about an incident
alleged to have occurred
in Hermiston. No criminal
charges were ¿ led, he said,
and McElligott is not cur-
rently under investigation
by Hermiston police.
Keller said the Teach-
er Standards and Practices
Commission is required
by law to investigate ev-
ery complaint received,
and anyone can ¿ le a com-
plaint. The investigations
take anywhere from a few
months to more than a year,
depending on the case, she
said. When the investiga-
tion is complete, she said
the executive director can
recommend that the com-
plaint be dismissed or that
disciplinary action be taken
against the licensee. Dis-
ciplinary action includes
public reprimand, license
suspension and license re-
vocation, which are listed
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on the Educator Sanction
List on the commission
website, she said.
If any of the disciplinary
actions are pursued, Keller
said the educator has the
right to appeal the decision
to the 2f¿ ce of $dmin-
istrative Hearings, which
can take several months.
$fter the hearing, she said,
the recommendation of the
administrative law judge is
presented to the commis-
sion for the ¿ nal determi-
nation.
Prior to being hired at
Hermiston,
McElligott
was credited with turning
around the Irrigon Knights
boys basketball program
during his ¿ ve years there.
Irrigon went just 2-21 in
McElligott’s ¿ rst year,
200-10, won ¿ ve games
in year two and 15 in year
three before breaking
through with a 28-1 re-
cord in 2012-13. The only
loss came to Oakland in
the state title game. $ year
later, Irrigon went 26-2 and
won the state title, beating
Oakland.
Rachel Dagley
coach, McElligott has a re-
cord of 82-69 with the one
state title.
— Sports reporter Sam
Barbee contributed to this
report.
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compiled
an overall record of 76-52
in ¿ ve seasons at Irrigon
and went 6-17 in his only
season at Hermiston. In
six years as a varsity head
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