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Quack! Local meetings take backseat to Ducks' game

Oregon's Royce Freeman (left) and Thomas Tyner - an Aloha High graduate - are a big enough deal that their team's national championship game has even forced schedule changes for some local governmental meetings. Times Photo: Jaime ValdezMove over, democracy — the Ducks are playing the Buckeyes.

Several public meetings across Washington County originally scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 12, have been reshuffled in deference to college football’s national championship between the University of Oregon and Ohio State University.

Kickoff in Arlington, Texas, set for 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, would have been smack-dab in the middle of sessions planned by the Beaverton, Forest Grove and Banks school boards. Ditto for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s board.

Beaverton’s school board will get their meeting out of the way early, starting at 4 p.m. Monday at district offices, 16550 S.W. Merlo Road, Beaverton.

One of Beaverton’s board members is Donna Tyner, mother of Ducks running back and Rose Bowl star Thomas Tyner. While she plans to be at the game, her fellow board members can get through their agendas in time for the kickoff on TV.

The THPRD board moved its regular Monday meeting to 7 p.m. Tuesday, following an executive session at 6:30. They meet at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 S.W. Walker Road.

“This game is huge for the entire state and cause for much excitement,” reasoned Banks Superintendent Bob Huston. “Why not allow everyone to share the joy by not having to be stressed out over which event to miss?”

Banks’ board meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, instead.

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