Seasidesignal.com • Complimentary Copy Our 109th year • October 30, 2015 Academy comes with possible cuts to district schools State requires diverting funds for Cannon Beach school By Katherine Lacaze Seaside Signal EO The new Cannon Beach Academy, on track to open next year, will get at least $250,000 of the Seaside School District’s budget. Funds will come from the district’s existing four schools in order to serve the charter school students, but where cuts will be made has yet to be determined. “We’re going to have to make some hard decisions, but we’ve done that in the past, and we still have a great school district,” School Board Chairman Steve Phillips said. The academy won con- ditional approval to open from the district’s board of directors during a special meeting Oct. 14. The district’s overall budget is slightly more than $21 million. “There are an awful lot of things that are still to be negotiated,” Superin- tendent Doug Dougherty said, adding the district will work with Jim Green, an attorney from the Oregon School Board Association, to ¿ nalize details. To start, the board will craft a three-year contract with the academy admin- istration that allows the institution to begin with kindergarten and ¿ rst grade and then add a new grade level each subsequent school year. The academy plans to offer education for kindergarten to ¿ fth-grade students. Figuring the cost Oregon state law re- quires any school district sponsoring a public charter school to help pay for its students’ education. Those funds are diverted from the district’s operational bud- get, Dougherty said. Rather than attempt to ¿ gure average individu- al student costs for each district, the Oregon De- partment of Education determines each district’s See Academy, Page 10A License to panhandle may go begging Seaside tables fees to keep panhandlers off the city streets By R.J. Marx Seaside Signal An amendment to a Seaside city ordi- nance designed to regulate panhandlers, musicians and itinerant merchants got no further Monday night than it had this sum- mer. “The intent of this is to deal with aggres- sive panhandling, and to put some controls on street entertainers so they’re not block- ing traf¿ c or business,” Councilor Jay Bar- ber said, but added “I think we can do better than we do here.” “I’m horri¿ ed that you would do this,” Seaside resident Sam Condron said. “Yes, there’s a homeless problem, but it’s nation- wide. Let’s look to the cities that are suc- ceeding, not the ones who are failing.” Halloween costume fun with “Princess Leia” Cynthia Inzunza and “Jack Sparrow” Chuck Miner at the Seaside Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Tuesday night as Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Huntington looks on. Seaside’s Fred Loser was hon- ored with the chamber’s Meek award, following the best costume competition seen here. R.J. MARX/SEASIDE SIGNAL Longtime volunteer wins Byron Award 25-year resident gives time to Kiwanis, Seaside Service Club and many others By Katherine Lacaze Seaside Signal Seaside Fourth of July Parade volunteer ex- traordinaire. Outstanding “ticket-hawker” for weekly Seaside Downtown Development Asso- ciation meetings. Reliable Community Flower Basket distributor. Ham radio operator. Now Seaside resident Fred Loser can add “Byron Award winner” to his lengthy résumé, replete with examples that demonstrate how he embodies the spirit of volunteerism and commu- nity service. The Seaside Chamber of Commerce an- nounced Loser, a 25-year Seaside resident, as this year’s recipient during the organization’s annual banquet and awards ceremony, held Tuesday at the Best Western Ocean View Resort in Seaside. Several individuals nominated Loser for the Byron Award, which is given to a member of the Seaside community who has shown outstand- ing qualities in community service. He was de- scribed as “always willing to help out, lend his support and offer his expertise and wisdom” in support of the Seaside community. “Loser is one of those tireless workers for our community that keeps a low pro¿ le, but is key to any project he is involved with,” Seaside resident Karen Murray said in submitting one of many nominations on Loser’s behalf. Murray said she has worked with Loser about 25 years on the Seaside Service Club’s annual Christmas dinner for seniors, which provides a holiday get-together for elderly individuals in the area. Both Loser and Murray are members of the Kiwanis Club of Seaside and have worked together on several events, such as the annual Pancake Feed and the Christmas tree sales, Murray wrote. “Both of these events would not happen without his support,” she added. See Chamber, Page 10A Vigorous debate KATHERINE LACAZE/SEASIDE SIGNAL Longtime Seaside resident Fred Loser accepts the 2015 Byron Award during the Seaside Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet and awards ceremony Tuesday night. The ordinance, in place since 1984, re- quires a license to solicit and applies to “a person occupying a temporary ¿ xed loca- tion, who promotes, solicits or sells from stock or inventory on hand or displays sam- ples and solicits orders for merchandise in stock.” The amendment seeks to expand the de¿ nition to include any person who pro- vides a service “or solicits for any form of compensation or remuneration.” License fees would start at $50 per day, with a maximum of $1,000 in a calendar year. Fines would also be increased, from $500 to $700. Mayor Don Larson said that panhan- dlers with signs in dusk can provide a traf- ¿ c hazard for drivers. He also mentioned musicians who blocked traf¿ c on the Prom. “I think they would be more responsive if they had to be licensed,” he said. “Sadly, the panhandlers I’m encounter- ing in Seaside are giving the homeless a bad rap,” Barber said. “They are not local people. They are on their way somewhere. They are not hanging around for groceries and food.” Members of the audience vigorously opposed the ordinance and the proposed amendment. “Why can’t somebody ask for help?” asked Seaside’s Anne Danen. “I don’t like PAID PERMIT NO. 97 ASTORIA, OR PRSRT STD US POSTAGE See Panhandlers, Page 7A Broadway Middle School students unite against bullying FALL BACK Members of student body ‘go orange’ to observe national Unity Day By Katherine Lacaze Seaside Signal When Broadway Middle School students showed up to school Oct. 21, many wore some orange article — a shirt, tights, a headband or a simple badge — symbolizing their commitment to take a stand against bullying for Unity Day. “We’re a school community, and we’re going to rise and fall as a community,” Vice Principal Robert Rusk told students during an afternoon as- sembly. On Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month, students are encour- aged to “go orange” as a statement that they will not participate in nor tolerate bullying. The halls of Broadway Middle School hosted handmade signs in recognition of Unity Day. See Unite, Page 10A Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday at 2 a.m. when clocks are turned backward one hour to 1 a.m. Sunrise and sunset will be earlier, which means more light in the morning.