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School board approves contracts for Stephenson and Cancio

During the June 10 school board meeting, the Estacada School District Board of Directors approved contracts for Superintendent Marla Stephenson and Executive Director of Administrative Services Donna Cancio.

Stephenson was initially hired on a contract lasting from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017 but in April, the school board took action to extend her contract for a year through June 30, 2018.

Her salary for the 2015-16 school year was approved at $140,000.

Cancio’s contract has been approved from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

“Compensation for the 2015-2016 is set at $118,000.00 in accordance with the Administrative, Management, Confidential salary schedule, plus any COLA awarded to the Administrative, Management and Confidential group,” explained Mary Ann Swanson, executive secretary to the superintendent. “The (2015/2016) salary schedule approved by the board (on June 10), represents no COLA Adjustment. If one is proposed it will be approved by the Board of Directors under separate action.”

School board honors Ralph Branson, new councilors to take seats in July

Ralph Branson was honored for his five years of service on the Estacada School Board during the meeting on Wednesday, June 10. He was presented with a plaque.

Branson offered strong words of praise for Superintendent Marla Stephenson and advised the community to be patient as the district proceeds with major changes.

Branson served in an at-large seat that expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. He did not run for reelection.

Ken Riedel was elected to represent the Zone 7 at-large position and will take his seat on the Estacada School Board in July.

Ben Wheeler will join him as the newly elected Zone 6 at-large representative.

John Miller is also a new face on the board.

During the June 10 school board meeting, Miller was appointed to fill the Zone 1 seat left vacant by Angi Riedel.

Volunteers sought to help Estacada Connect serve the needy

All are invited to the next Estacada Connect meeting from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at the Estacada Community Fellowship Church.

The group was recently formed to facilitate networking and participation for organizations serving the needy in the community.

Free movies to screen at Springwater Presbyterian Amphitheater

Springwater Presbyterian Church is planning free, family-friendly, outdoor movie screenings this summer.

Young and old are invited to enjoy watching the movies and munching snacks in the church’s amphitheater.

The site is wheelchair accessible.

“The Princess Bride” will play Wednesday, June 24; “Big Hero 6” will be showing Wednesday, July 15; participants get to vote on the movie to be screened on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Gather for the screenings at 8:30 p.m., the movies will start near dark.

Springwater Presbyterian Church is at 24553 S. Springwater Road.

For more information call Deb Ingamells at 503-313-9575.

Want to be in the July Fourth parade?

Applications to be in the annual Fourth of July parade through downtown Estacada are available at City Hall and will be accepted through Friday, July 3.

The Estacada Fire Volunteer Association is sponsoring the parade this year and will honor the agencies that battled the 36 Pit Fire, which burned thousands of acres along the Clackamas River less than ten miles from Estacada last fall.

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Estacada Fire, Clackamas County Emergency Management and the Oregon Department of Forestry are expected to serve as grand marshals.

The theme of the 2015 parade is “A Fresh Start.”

The parade begins at Estacada High School and travels down Main Street, turns on Fourth Avenue and goes back up Broadway to finally disband at River Mill School.

Candy will no longer be thrown from floats, though parade attendants may hand out sweets.

Get ready for the Timber Festival

Nobody does the Fourth of July like Estacada.

The town goes all out to celebrate the nation’s anniversary with a lively parade, skilled loggers wowing crowds as they compete in the Timber Festival, music, and, of course, the epic Big Bang Fireworks Show to close out the holiday.

The Timber Festival runs from 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 3 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way.

There is a $10 parking fee to attend the festival. Walk-ins are admitted for $5 each. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free.

Fireworks are at 10 p.m. July 4.

For more information on the Timber Festival visit www.EstacadaTimberFestival.com, like Estacada Timber Festival on Facebook or call 1-800-630-7858.


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