By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Sheridan delays superintendent hire

The two finalists are Cory Bradshaw of the Dallas School District and Steve Sugg of the Sherwood School District.

Instead, the board grappled with school security issues.

About 80 percent of parents at K-8 Faulconer-Chapman School and 9-12 Sheridan High School feel their children are safe on school property, according to a survey shared with the board by retiring Superintendent A.J. Grauer. However, 70 percent of Faulconer-Chapman parents and 77 percent of Sheridan High parents said school resource officer funding should be restored to the budget, and she is in complete agreement, she said.

“Information will be taken to the budget committee and we’ll see what options there are,” she said.

The school district and city are splitting $120,000 in SRO costs this year, but the school district is tapping an expiring 21st Century Learning Center grant for its share. To continue the program, the district would have to find new funding elsewhere in its budget.

Grauer said the district and city have formed a “great partnership” over the years. She said Yamhill County sheriff’s deputy Derek Trombla not only serves as the district’s SRO, but also helps with city coverage outside school hours, in emergencies and over the summer.

She said she and Business Manager DeAnn O’Neil would consider what they could do.

The survey also showed strong support for installing front doors for the district’s two schools, requiring the staff to buzz in visitors. She said she and Faulconer-Chapman Principal Marti Hofenbredl had applied for $48,000 from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund that would fund the work if it finds favor.

The board is next slated to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. In other action Wednesday, members:

n Joined in support of the Strong Schools, Strong State campaign. The effort is designed to urge state policy-makers to prioritize education by supporting adequate and stable funding that insures a full academic year for children at all grade levels.

“It’s time to fund schools properly,” Grauer said. “Something has to be done.

n Received Grauer’s annual State of the Schools report.

She highlighted more than a dozen positive instances she believes have occurred or are happening in the district. She said being a part of the district’s educational community has been the most rewarding work of her career.

n Approved a 2013-14 school calendar. The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, and the last day, Wednesday, June 11.







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