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The INDEPENDENT, May 7, 2009
Chalk Talk is a monthly column of information
about Vernonia schools. It is written by vari-
ous staff members. This column was provid-
ed by Superintendent Dr. Ken Cox.
Left to right; Taylor Smith, Chris Bamburg, Megan Hartford, Megan Parkin, Blake Moeller,
Brandon Gilbertson, and Collin Moeller wait for friends, before heading to the Vernonia High
School prom on April 18 in the stretch limousine behind them.
47J Board agrees to video surveillance
The Vernonia School Board
of Directors held a Special
Meeting on April 23. After an
executive session held to nego-
tiate real property transactions,
the Board voted unanimously
to authorize Superintendent
Ken Cox to negotiate real prop-
erty transactions as outlined in
the executive session.
The Board also approved
the first reading of Policy ECAC
on Video Surveillance. ECAC
authorizes the use of video
cameras on district property to
“ensure the health, welfare and
safety of all staff, students and
visitors to district property, and
to safeguard district facilities
and equipment.” A statement in
the policy says, “Video record-
ings may become a part of a
student’s educational record or
a staff member’s personnel
The Board held a workshop
on April 30 to hear a presenta-
tion by Carol Samuels of Seat-
tle NW Securities on bond
measures. This was for infor-
mational purposes only. The
board will be addressing the
bond issue at future meetings.
The next regularly sched-
uled board meeting will be May
14, at 6:00 p.m. at the District
Vernonia Middle School Honor Roll
The following students were
named to the Vernonia Middle
School academic Honor Roll
for the 2008-09 third quarter.
Grade Point Averages (GPA)
are on a scale of 1-4, with 4
equaling a perfect score.
Principal’s Honors, 4.00 –
Makayla Adams, Charlette
Burghard, Jessica Cox, Nicole
Glass, Andrew Jenning, Sa-
mantha Lindauer, Madeline
O’Leary, Marley Orahood,
Deziree Roberts, Summer
Snow, Ellyssa Szlavich, Sa-
mantha Wallace, Jaylin Wilson,
and Brittany Young.
High Honors, 3.50-3.99 –
Ashlee Archer, Austin Best-
Cutright, Riplee Burch, Andrew
Cheney, Rowan Cheney, Chris-
topher Curtis, Jacob Eyrrick,
Julie Fletcher, Jessica Gardner,
Timothy Jennings, Cortney
Jones, Alisa Levenseller, Gar-
rett Mulliken, Adrianne Ora-
hood, Daniel Rice, Laura Rice,
Leah Rice, Sven Sandstrom,
Rowan Scott, Amanda Sebring,
Winter Snow, Deandra Sol-
berg, Dylan Taylor, and Damian
Honors, 3.25-3.49 – Kayla
Aronhalt, Slylar Binford, Mat-
thew Bringman, Ryan Cochran,
Tori Dalebroux, Scarlet De-
Beikes, Jessica Farr, Mandi
Hartford, Jennifer Hayes, Cier-
ra Henson, Brianna Herd, Cay-
la Jenkins, Rebecca Leven-
seller, Lilliann Lindsley, Nathen
McMillen, Darrian Ragsdale,
Makayla Roach, Bridger Stew-
ard, Natasha Talley, Taylor Ti-
tus, and Jared Whitton.
Honorable Mention, 3.0-3.24
– Stephanie Castro, Zi_Xian
Chen, Jessica Fitch, Jazmine
Harper, Adonis Hopkins, Sara
McMahon, Felicia Schirmeister,
and Logan Titus.
Two weeks ago, a group of students
and staff had the opportunity to visit four different schools that
were designed by BOORA Architects in recent years. We were
able to see first-hand the innovations and design elements they
used to make those schools highly sustainable, as well as being
effective learning environments.
Last Tuesday, we had a Town Hall Meeting to review these and
other design options for our new schools. We hope to have some
of the Power Point presentations shared at that meeting available
on the website (www.vernonia.k12. or.us) soon.
The big question that is out there is what is this going to cost?
In our work with BOORA we have compressed their normal 4 – 6
month design development process into just over two months.
The current plan is to have a concept design and more accurate
cost estimate by the end of June.
But what is it going to cost me as a taxpayer, you ask. Well, we
have the beginning of an answer. The board appointed a commit-
tee to discuss what would be a realistic bond amount and they
recommended $13 million.
The school board met last week at a workshop to review the
committee’s recommendation and gather more information from a
bonding company on the cost per thousand (tax assessed value)
and financing of such a bond. The remainder of the cost for the
new schools will come from stimulus funds, grants and fundrais-
ing efforts by the Oregon Solutions Team. The bottom line is – we
will get $45 million dollars worth of safe, sustainable schools for
our $13 million investment in a bond.
Our schools are the heart of our community! We need your in-
put in knowing what you want your schools to look like and how
they can support our community as a whole. Please call if you
have questions or ideas. I will listen, and together we can make a
difference in the future of our children and our community!
Preschool to hold Open House
Vernonia Community Pre-
school will hold an open house
on Monday, May 11, from 11:00
a.m. to noon.
Stop by 957 State Avenue
for a visit and tour with your
Pet of the Month
Columbia Humane Society in St. Helens has a variety of wonderful pets
available for adoption. Find the pet that’s right for you in the shelter
at 2084 Oregon Street. Phone 503-397-4353
Open Mon - Fri 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 am. to 5 pm.
Mother’s Day Breakfast Special
Dad Full price
Mom 1/2 Price
721 Madison Ave.,Vernonia • 503-429-5018
preschooler. Come prepared to
register for fall of 2009 pre-
Call Amy Cieloha at 503-
429-0745 to RSVP.
Flopsy is the sweetest guy
you've ever met! His coat is a
beautiful brown and gold with
black stripes. He has a weakness
in his back legs which the vet
says may or may not improve,
but he does not think it will get
worse. Flopsy can get around
without much difficulty, though
he sometimes has trouble get-
ting all the way into the litter box.
He plays well with other cats and
is very affectionate.
The Columbia Humane Society is a No-Kill non-profit shelter
dedicated to helping friends find each other since 1985.
This Adopt a Pet is Sponsored by:
Senator Betsy Johnson