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The INDEPENDENT, April 21, 2011
School Board told of April 27 bond election meeting Banks Farmers Market seeks vendors
by Dalan Lee
At the latest regular meeting
of the Banks School District
Board of Directors, on April 11,
the board had a short agenda,
requiring a vote on only one ac-
tion item regarding student ac-
tivities and also discussing next
year’s school calendar. Month-
ly written reports were given by
administrators and routine staff
matters were settled.
An extracurricular activities
student contract and a district
policy/information packet were
re-adopted unanimously. The
extracurricular activity contract
covers district policies regard-
ing student athletes. The pack-
et further outlined district poli-
cies, plus general information
regarding all student-involved
school activities.
Monthly administrator re-
ports reported some staff
changes within the elementary
school, as well as ongoing
fundraising with the goal of new
textbooks, while simultaneous-
ly trying to battle budget cuts
affecting staff employment and
calendar days.
The high school reported
great state testing results in
reading, the highest in over a
decade. The recent high school
trip to Greece was reported to
be a complete success, with
students having a tiring, yet re-
warding experience. The junior
high is in the midst of working
on a new building-wide grading
Superintendent Jim Foster
spoke of next year’s school cal-
endar, explaining that student
“seat time” is at the very mini-
mum, due to budget issues.
This means that any unexpect-
ed closures will have to be
made up at the end of the
school year.
The $10.5 million dollar
bond measure will be on ballots
mailed April 27 and supporters
of Banks School District are in
the heat of campaigning. Chair-
person Kathy Edison reiterated
the reasons for the bond, stat-
ing that the junior high will be
the primary focus, with few oth-
er campus issues being ad-
dressed. A community meeting
will be held April 27, at 7:00
p.m. in the junior high gym, so
any and all questions regarding
the bond can be answered. In
order to show voters what the
bond funds will be used for,
there will be a tour of the school
after the meeting.
The meeting adjourned at
7:07 p.m. To be informed per-
sonally, the next regular board
session will be held May 9, at
7:00 p.m., in the district’s board
Burnt Ends BBQ has
teamed with the Friends of the
Banks Public Library to offer
some great food and support
the library. Orders will be taken
at the library until May 4 and
are to be picked up May 7 be-
tween 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at
Schlegel Hall in Sunset Park.
Dinner choices include St.
Louis trim pork ribs or chicken
with your choice of two sides.
Rib dinners will feed two or
more and chicken dinners
should feed three to five. In ad-
dition, pulled pork sandwiches
will be available for purchase
during the sale. A portion of all
sales will go to the Friends of
the Banks Public Library.
Complete rib dinners will
cost $28, a whole chicken din-
ner will cost $18, and a half-
chicken dinner will be $12.
Pulled pork sandwiches will be
$6, or with a side for $7.
Call Banks Public Library at
503 324-1382 for more infor-
Banks Hardware
503-324-5221 • 150 N. Main St., Banks
Vendors are wanted. Email
om or call 503–324–1081 to be
a vendor.
The Washington County
Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has
sent out a crime alert. In the
first three months of 2011, they
have received 125 calls on
items stolen from vehicles. Of
those, 45 percent of the items
stolen included a GPS system.
WCSO is advising that
portable GPS units be removed
from sight when you park your
Take home BBQ
from Library Sale WCSO warns of thefts from cars
OPEN HOUSE / ANNIVERSARY Saturday April 23rd 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m..
Coffee & doughnuts in the morning. Hotdogs at 11 a.m. until they’re gone. Prizes throughout Day!
Banks Farmers Market be-
gins on the first Friday of June
and runs every Friday through
the end of September.
The hours are 3:00 to 7:00
p.m. in the parking lot of Jim’s
• Mon - Fri 8am to 6pm
• Saturday 8am to 5pm
• Sunday 10am to 4pm
New transportation for veterans
Washington County Disabili-
ty, Aging and Veteran Services
(DAVS) has recently teamed up
with Ride Connection to ad-
dress the unique transportation
needs of veterans who live in
Washington County and don’t
have the ability to get to essen-
tial appointments. DAVS and
Ride Connection are seeking
volunteer drivers who are vet-
erans with a desire to serve
their community.
“This program is all about
veterans serving veterans,”
says Jeff Hill, DAVS Division
Manager. This opportunity can
mean the world to our veterans
because it allows them the in-
dependence and freedom to
get to crucial appointments.”
The volunteer transportation
program helps buffer the loss
of independence by providing a
no-charge, personalized trans-
portation service to veterans
who can no longer drive or use
public transportation.
Volunteer drivers will use
their own car or a Ride Con-
nection vehicle to pick up a par-
ticipating veteran from their
home and take them to essen-
tial appointments. The trips
may include visits to their doc-
tor or dentist or grocery shop-
ping. In many cases, the only
time these veterans get out of
their homes is with the assis-
tance of dedicated volunteer
If you are interested in vol-
unteering as a driver, please
call 503-528-1738 for an appli-
cation and identify yourself as a
veteran volunteer driver.
member sought
The Washington County
Civil Service Commission is
currently seeking applications
for new members to replace
those whose terms expire May
31, 2011. There are five mem-
bers on the commission and
each member serves a two-
year term.
This Commission is respon-
sible for ensuring the proper
administration of the Civil Ser-
vice Act.
The application deadline is
open until all vacancies are
filled. Descriptions of all boards
and commissions, as well as
applications, may be obtained
from the Boards and Commis-
sions website or by calling 503-
To apply, or for more infor-
mation, contact Marian Larkin,
Sr. Administrative Specialist at
503-846-8685 or cao@co.was .