Patti Jobe recognized by USDA
Recognitions were presented to board members and food services supervisor Patti Jobe at the Jan. 14, 509-J board meeting.
January is board recognition month and members were thanked, and Jobe received an award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her role in obtaining a grant to serve summer lunches in one Metolius and five Warm Springs neighborhoods.
Superintendent Kay Baker announced that Madras High School continues to be listed as an accredited school by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.
Student representative Ezra Pasikatan told the board that MHS will for the first time be hosting the Future Business Leaders of America regional competition in February, which is expected to draw around 300 student FBLA members.
Under citizen comments, Jim Sanders, who runs the Madras Mat Club, made a request for the school to be open to his 52 club members during the Christmas holiday so they can practice and qualify for the wrestling classic in Redmond.
"This year we had to practice in a guy's garage in Terrebonne," Sanders said, noting the school was closed to the mat club.
Baker announced good news on the audit the 509-J District recently had done by the Oregon Department of Education, which covered 54 educational standards and laws.
"We are fully in compliance and have a plan so we will be in compliance every year," Baker said.
She noted the auditors said they usually have 20 "findings" (suggestions for improvement) on this size of audit, but 509-J had only six findings in areas of professional development and teaching technology.
"We had a huge amount of commendations (exceed expectations)," Baker said, citing the district's parent-school involvement, alignment of curriculum, late start days for professional development, work with English language learners and number of highly qualified teachers.
A long discussion was held on five to six acres of property on Bean Drive that the Jefferson County Commission requested to buy from 509-J in 1997 to expand the cemetery.
The district owns some 50 acres in the area for possible use for a new school in the future.
After 10 years of not acting on the matter, the county was asking for a joint appraisal to be done, and is again interested in buying the property.
But current board members questioned whether 509-J might need the full amount of land for a new school.
"Before we start throwing money around (for an appraisal) we should get information on the county's intentions and what their timeline is," board member Tim Ogilvie suggested.
The matter will be discussed at the next board meeting.
Under personnel, temporary teacher hires included Mary Hawes for Title VII at Jefferson County Middle School, and Camille Harris for a new online course program at MHS.
Extended duty contracts for JCMS included Grant Faulconer, area team leader; Joe Digrande, assistant volleyball coach; Reina Estimo, Robinson Mitchell and Will Whitlock, assistant girls' basketball coaches. At MHS, Richard Tyler, as assistant boys' basketball coach.