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509-J hires coaches for spring sports


   Two new spring sports coaches were hired for Madras High School at the Monday night meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors.
   Stann Dmytryk will be the head baseball coach, and Paul Brown will be the head track coach. Both were hired on a one-year temporary contract. Brown also resigned his assistant track coach position in order to accept the head coaching job.
   MHS athletic director Steve Johnson also noted that the MHS football program's request to be moved to a lower league classification (5A to 4A), based on its 861 student enrollment, had been denied. However, MHS will be allowed to continue its independent playing schedule next year.
   The board narrowed down a list of 26 applications to choose a superintendent screening committee with members from administration, teachers, parents and the community.
   Those selected to do the screening are:
   Parents: Tina Bell, Floyd Calica, Suzanne El-Attar Evans, Julie Hartman, David Jordan, Sue Matters, and Debi Stinson.
   Community members:Warren Bowles, Karen Esvelt, Michael Goss, Jim Leach, Dana St. John, and Barbara Williams.
   Teachers: Evan Brown, Grant Faulconer, Brian Gallagher, Renee Rodin, and Catherine Sergeant.
   Administrators: Marlys Alger, Sarah Braman-Smith, Barbara Garland, and Craig Morgan.
   "This was a great show of support from the community," Superintendent Kay Baker said of the large number of applicants.
   In a report on an audit of 509-J finances, Judy Van Nice of Greer, Mahr and Associates, CPAs, stated, "We've issued a clean opinion on the district's financial statements. No issues came up."
   There was a recommendation that the district do a physical inventory (of desks, computers, etc.) periodically.
   A review of the history of the county's request to purchase five to six acres of 509-J property on Loucks Road in order to expand the cemetery, was presented by County Commissioner Bill Bellamy and County Executive Director Jeff Rasmussen.
   Bellamy said the request, made in 1997, had languished due to state laws.
   "We found out that land-use laws wouldn't allow us to do it because a cemetery has to be in the Urban Growth Boundary. That's why it took so long," Bellamy said.
   It has taken the past 10 years to get that area into the UGB, so that the request can again be considered, Bellamy said, noting that Mountain View Cemetery only has the capacity to last another eight to 10 years.
   The board approved a motion to do a joint appraisal on the property with the county.
   "If you agree to sell that parcel, we'd like to do it before Kay (Baker) leaves so we don't have to reintroduce (the idea) to a new administration," Bellamy pointed out.
   The board adopted a large Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Intervention Plan for kindergarten through 12th grade, which pulls together programs from several different schools into one policy.
   Steve Johnson noted Jefferson County Middle School uses the curriculum "Choosing Not To Use," "Here's Looking At You," "Life Skills Training," "Project Alert," "Health Smart," and "Lions Quest."
   Beginning in the fall, he said, funds from a Department of Justice grant will provide the Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) program for fourth through sixth grades.
   Four of the district's eight schools are currently using the Positive Behavior Support Program to create a positive school environment.
   Citing the Healthy Teen Survey, taken each year at MHS and JCMS, Johnson said it showed, "We need to get the kids involved in prevention education at the elementary grades."
   An anonymous donation of $2,000 was accepted to be used to construct a door on the MHS stage to allow performers to exit the stage area without having to walk into the audience.