>Construction management team selected
The selection of School District 509-J's new chief financial officer and the construction management team for the Madras area school bond projects was announced at the Dec. 10 meeting, held in Warm Springs.
   Madras resident Martha Bewley was hired as the new CFO, effective Jan. 22, taking over the role from retiring CFO Dan Chamness.
   During the transition, Chamness will assist on an as-needed basis, especially in the area of construction, while Bewley will tackle the budget.
   Bewley has been employed at Mountain View Hospital, where she advanced from controller to director of finance, then CFO within six years. She is a graduate of Culver High School, and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma Christian University.
   "We truly had a remarkable pool of qualified candidates for this position and we selected Martha because we believe she brings the perfect combination of expertise, experience and a genuine understanding of our school district and the families who live here," said Superintendent Rick Molitor.
   "It's always a pleasure when a former student comes back to Jefferson County to pursue a career and contribute to our communities," he added.
   Bewley said she is ready for the job, noting, "I am excited for the challenges that this opportunity brings and the ability to serve the community that I grew up in."
   Of Chamness' service through lean financial times, Molitor said, "Dan has provided invaluable guidance and support to our school district for more than six years and he will continue to guide us through December."
   Construction team
   Skanska, an international construction company, has been selected as the construction management team to lead the Madras area school bond facility improvements.
   The company has a strong commitment to public-private partnerships, and most recently completed the Ridgeview High School project in Redmond.
   The local Skanska team assigned to the project includes five Central Oregon experts, including two who currently live in Jefferson County. One team member, Jacob Struck, is also a 2005 graduate of Madras High School.
   "We are excited to have local residents, and one of our very own high school graduates, leading the construction projects," said Molitor.
   "Skanska is one of the world's leading construction groups, and they did an outstanding job on Ridgeview. We love having that level of international experience while working with people who live right here in our communities," Molitor added.
   The design phase of the project has been under way for several months, with leadership from district staff, and several community meetings have allowed local residents to learn about the project and provide input.
   "There are two really terrific groups of people with great ideas," said Dave Fishel, partner of Wenaha Group, the firm overseeing both the Madras area and Warm Springs school bond design and construction projects.
   Regarding the Warm Springs project, Molitor said a group of 18 went on site visits at three different schools to look at K-8 models, and 50 people attended the community meeting in Warm Springs. "We're moving at a heavy, hectic pace," he said.
   A construction management team for the new Warm Springs school has not yet been selected.
   The next Warm Springs project community meeting will be at 6 p.m., Dec. 27, at the Seekseequa Fire Hall.
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