The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, March 19, 2009, Page Page 12, Image 12

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The INDEPENDENT, March 19, 2009
Superintendent Ott sets retirement date
Grandparents raising kids get day
Chairman Duane Lundsten
opened the school board meet-
ing March 9 by recognizing Su-
perintendent Marv Ott, who an-
nounced that he would be retir-
ing at the end of the school
year. Ott said that he had en-
joyed his stay in the community
and the opportunity to work
with great staff and students.
Later, when the board reached
the agenda item for discussion
on the superintendent’s evalua-
“In Oregon, over 20,000
grandparents have stepped
forward to raise children be-
cause their parents struggle
with drug and alcohol abuse,
incarceration, HIV/AIDS, men-
tal illness, domestic violence,
tion, Lundsten said that it was-
n’t necessary because of Ott’s
decision to retire.
On a lighter note, elemen-
tary principal Bob Huston intro-
duced three fourth grade stu-
dents, Zach Montero, Antonio
Franco and Grace Slaughter.
They each read aloud an origi-
nal essay on, “If I was Presi-
dent?” All of the readers re-
ceived a round of applause.
Huston introduced Trevor
Geraci a third grader participat-
ing in “Take the Initiative”, a
project to encourage self-di-
rected learning. Geraci pro-
ceeded to amaze and astound
by reciting, in order, the names
Please see page 14
divorce, unemployment or mili-
tary deployment,” noted Debo-
rah Letourneau, Program Co-
ordinator for Washington Coun-
ty’s Family Caregiver Support
Program of Disability, Aging
Please see page 21
The Banks Chamber of Commerce welcomes Maddie Kay’s Café back to Banks after a two-
year absence. The Café is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a
full lunch and breakfast menu. Pictured is Chamber Director Ray Deeth; employees Kristina
Beard and Vicky Carpender; owner Tara Francis; Chamber President Debi Wyckoff; Chamber
Ambassador Kathy Douglas and City Manager Jim Hough.
Photo provided by Banks Chamber of Commerce.
Jim’ s 39th Anniversary Sale!
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