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Canby School District looking at school safety

To the editor:

In light of the tragic events that occurred at Reynolds High School, the Canby School District Board would like to highlight our June 26 board meeting.

Among other topics that evening, we will discuss student safety. Our current superintendent, John Steach, will present an overview about the different ways Canby schools keep students safe. This presentation will include everything from creative door-locking mechanisms, to law enforcement collaboration, to threat assessment protocol. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at CHS in the OMNI room.

It is an unfortunate reality that we need to have this conversation — again. However, being informed about what occurs in our schools is the best way all of us can live up to our responsibility to keep students safe.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Brendan Murphy

Canby

Canby Kiwanis thank those who helped with CARE program

To the editor:

The Canby Kiwanis Club would like to thank the local community, the teachers and administrators of the Canby School District, and our supporting sponsors for the completion of the second year of our educator of the month awards, known as the Canby Area Recognition of Excellence (CARE).

With your help we were able to recognize nine local educators in 2013-14: Lacey Davis, Andrew Pauls, Cindy Jarmer, Heidi Keyser-Cernitz, Angela Kastrava, Jim Nosen, Paula Dawson, Kathy Hamill and Melissa Reid. Each received a plaque plus gifts from local businesses.

Support was provided by The Place To Be Café, Backstop Bar and Grill, Ebner’s Custom Meats, Canby Telcom, Wild Hare Saloon and Ultimate Team Spirit.

With your help we have been able to recognize our outstanding educators for their ongoing efforts to expand the horizons and better the lives of local students.

Karen Hill, president

Canby Kiwanis

Parks and recreation board offers options for Canby parks

To the editor:

The city budget has staffing for park maintenance at a full-time equivalent of 3.0. This level of staffing makes it impossible to maintain all the city properties to the level that the community has been accustomed to. The proposed budget doesn’t appear to align with the community vision. Emptying garbage cans, cleaning restrooms and mowing established parks will exceed staffing needed to maintain National Recreation and Park Association Mode III levels of maintenance.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommend that unless additional funding can be found for park maintenance the following actions be taken — continue to maintain Wait Park, Maple Street Park, Community Park and Legacy Park close to our current standards. All other parks will not be maintained. Restrooms would be locked, garbage cans removed, irrigation systems turned off and no mowing. City properties currently maintained by the park maintenance staff, including city hall, the adult center, the police department, swim center and others, will no longer be maintained.

Reducing maintenance to mode IV would allow addition of either Locust Street Park or Northwood Estates Park. Until a more stable source of funding for parks is identified, we also recommend that there will be no new amenities or expansion of current parks.

The community's input and support of previous visioning processes and parks master plans should be evidence alone to restore funding to the parks department. We are confident that the budget committee and city council have the ability and tools to make this happen. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board would very much like to discuss this proposal with the city council.

Ryan Oliver, chairman; Andrey Chernishov; Bethany Davis;

Jackie Jones; Rick Maier;

Matt Olsen and Mark Triebwasser.

Canby Parks and Recreation Advisory Board



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