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OUR 110th YEAR • March 18, 2016
Principal Roley to take top Seaside schools post
School board hears 11th
By Nancy McCarthy
Sheila Roley is the new Sea-
side School District superinten-
Although the deadline to
receive applications from po-
tential candidates was March
18, the Seaside
ment at a board
begin her new job July 1, fol-
lowing the retirement of Super-
intendent Doug Dougherty. A
salary hasn’t been determined,
but the job description calls for a
range of $118,000 to $128,000.
“The Tuali¿ cations for the
superintendent ¿ t Sheila to a
T,” said board member Tom
Maltman, who noted that 125
community members had told
what they wanted in a district
“There was a de¿ nite con-
cern by teachers, students and
the community about a su-
perintendent who would not
know the district. This made
sense to me.”
Roley, 64, has been with
the district for 26 years, eight
as a teacher and 18 as a princi-
pal of Cannon Beach Elemen-
tary, Broadway Middle and
Seaside High schools. She
recently announced her retire-
ment as Seaside High princi-
pal, effective June 30.
But last Thursday, Roley
contacted school board Chair-
DRONE RULES ARE UP IN THE AIR
Seaside Airport not
ready to regulate drones
By R.J. Marx
rones are everywhere these
days, it seems, as eyes in the
sky at weddings and special
events, providing assistance
for law enforcement and of-
fering a glimpse into otherwise
unnavigable geographic territory.
But risks from drone À ights — includ-
ing potential accidents, terrorism and priva-
cy concerns — drew attention at a meeting
of the Seaside Municipal Airport Advisory
Committee, as members debated whether to
enact regulations on the evolving technology.
“This is all a new world,” Randall Hen-
derson, the committee’s chairman, said.
“There are no regulations at all.”
See Drones, Page 10A
man Steve Phillips and told
him she had “re-evaluated her
retirement and put her hat in
the ring for Doug’s job,” Phil-
Phillips said his ¿ rst re-
action to Roley’s application
was excitement about the “op-
portunity” her experience pre-
sented to the district.
“But I was genuinely con-
cerned that we had started a
process (to search for candi-
dates) and what it would look
like to the community,” he said.
He also wondered why she
hadn’t applied sooner.
Phillips decided to put the
board members in two groups
to interview Roley. By having
the groups meet separately,
they wouldn’t have a quorum
and would be complying with
Oregon’s open meeting laws.
See Roley, Page 10A
clean up at
Local ef ort makes a dif erence for
By Katherine Lacaze
For Seaside Signal
It started out as the personal mission of a few
neighbors living on Beach Drive: keep Seaside’s
beach clean in between SOLVE’s semi-annual
About three years ago, the group — dubbed
the Beach Drive Buccaneers — partnered with the
Seaside Downtown Development Association and
the Seaside Visitors Bureau to host beach cleanups
the ¿ rst Saturday of each month, the most recent of
which took place March 5. The next cleanup takes
place Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gini Dideum, who oversees the project with
the help of current SDDA President Ruth Swen-
son, said people come from both the community
and out of town to assist each month for a variety
of reasons. Some do is as a service project for a
particular class or club; others do it because “they
just like coming to the beach,” Dideum said. The
number of volunteers is unpredictable, as few as
10 or as many as 100, and sometimes surprising,
as people still volunteer during rainy or stormy
“It’s never just us,” Swenson said, referring to
Dideum and herself.
R.J. MARX/SEASIDE SIGNAL
Gearhart’s Jeff Gage demonstrates a drone to the Seaside
Municipal Airport Advisory Committee.
ational do’s and
Know Before You
• Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles.
• Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times.
• Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.
• Don’t l y within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and
control tower before l ying.
• Don’t l y near people or stadiums.
• Don’t l y an aircraft that weighs more than 55 pounds.
• Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft — you could be
fi ned for endangering people or other aircraft.
For the monthly cleanups, SOLVE, a statewide
nonpro¿ t organi]ation that works to keep Oregon
clean and green, donates signage, gloves, bags and
publicity to support the project leaders. Addition-
ally, SOLVE puts on its own Spring Oregon Beach
Cleanup at 45 coastal locations across the state, in-
cluding Seaside, each year, as well as the SOLVE
Beach and Riverside Cleanup each fall. The fall
event brings out fewer volunteers, but encompass-
es more projects.
“Overall, it’s a bigger event,” said Kaleen
Boyle, outreach coordinator for SOLVE.
SOLVE solicits volunteers from large corpo-
rations, clubs, schools, organi]ations and other
entities to participate, but anyone can join in. Last
year, 5,150 volunteers cleared more than 68,000
pounds of debris from the Oregon coast during the
Because Seaside’s own efforts to get trash off
the beach have been so successful, SOLVE is
trying to encourage groups to volunteer at other
coastal locations during the statewide spring clean-
up to “have a little more of an impact,” according
to Boyle. In the past, Seaside has been a popular
work site, with a few hundred volunteering in the
town during last year’s spring event.
The next semi-annual cleanup in Seaside and
elsewhere is March 26. For more information or
to sign up, search Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup
PERMIT NO. 97
See Beach, Page 5A
Seaside students take tsunami
project to Oregon legislators
By Lyra Fontaine
EO Media Group
SUBMITTED PHOTO/EO MEDIA GROUP
Superintendent Doug Dougherty testii es with students Nathanael
Ward, Kyna Lin, Claire Ogilvie and Kara Ipson at the Oregon State
Seaside School District superintendent
Douglas Dougherty and 11 Seaside High
School Associated Student Body leaders
took to Oregon state representatives to seek
support for a tsunami-safe school.
They testi¿ ed during the House Com-
mittee on Veterans and Emergency Pre-
paredness in Salem on Feb. 23.
“The experience was unbelievable,”
said student Kyna Lin. “I didn’t think I
would ever present in front of a committee.
Our only purpose is to spread awareness
and let them know that we are doing this
project and we really care about it.”
In his testimony, Dougherty empha-
si]ed relocating the students out of the tsu-
nami inundation ]one, allowing them “a
better chance of surviving the inevitable.”
He said the four aging schools in the dis-
trict are in “the most sensitive and vulner-
able areas of the Oregon coast” and spoke
about taking sensible steps to prepare for a
Cascadia event and remain resilient after
“Our students’ physical safety cannot
be guaranteed without each community’s
partnership and support.”
Students gave a “Don’t Catch This
Wave” presentation on the Cascadia sub-
duction ]one, disaster preparation, the
1.6-mile walk from the high school to the
tsunami safe ]one, and the likely effects of
a natural disaster on Seaside bridges and
“Presenting to the Oregon legislature is
de¿ nitely a big step in our project,” student
Nathanael Ward said.
The students have also presented to
the Seaside City Council and high schools
throughout the state. Their efforts have re-
ceived ample media attention.
See Students, Page 10A