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Estacada leaders to attend schools emergency training

Estacada leaders will take part in an emergency planning training geared toward schools hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Representatives from the Estacada school and fire districts, the city and law enforcement are planning to attend the “Multi-hazard Emergency Planning for Schools” training next week.

Estacada School District Superintendent Marla Stephenson, Business Manager Donna Cancio, Estacada High School Vice Principal Ryan Carpenter and Transportation Supervisor Gary Lewis, assistant to the city manager Melanie Wagner, Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey and Sgt. Shawn Burns of the Sandy Police Department (which provides service in Estacada) are scheduled to take part in the FEMA training March 9-12 in Emmitsburg, Md.

The Estacada School Board meeting was moved up a week to March 4 to accommodate school leaders’ absence for the training.

The trip was temporarily thrown into limbo when the district was notified that the training may be canceled if Congress failed to extend funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

House Republicans were withholding approval of Homeland Security funding in an effort to force a rollback of an executive order aimed to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Congress has since approved funding through Sept. 30 without an immigration rollback.

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