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509-J board adopts budget


   A total budget of $43,137,795 million was adopted June 26, by the School District 509-J board and taxes were levied at the rate of $4.58 per $1,000 of assessed property tax value for the general operating fund, and for repayment of construction bonds for remodeling of the high school, middle school and Buff Elementary.
   At a previous meeting June 12, 509-J administrators, with the exception of the superintendent, were given a 3 percent salary increase for the 2006-07 school year. Negotiations with confidential and supervisory employees are still continuing.
   Under personnel, resignations were accepted from Madras Elementary teachers Janis Reil who is retiring and Julie Field who has accepted a position in Redmond, and from district grant writer Ted Viramonte.
   New teachers hired included: Shane Horton, sixth grade Jefferson County Middle School; Jaime Kinsella, fourth grade Madras Elementary; Kaari Lorentson, sixth grade JCMS; Alexys Roberts, elementary special education; Lucas Jackson, fifth grade, Warm Springs Elementary; Ulrick Buhler, English as a Second Language at Madras High School, and Amy Earhart, Title 1-A at Buff Elementary.
   The board accepted a $500 grant from the National Crime Prevention Council to help with travel expenses for the MHS Youth Development Team and adults to attend the Violence Prevention Summer Institute in Corvallis in July. A film the students helped make on child sexual abuse will be shown at the institute.