District 9 continues financial review

District 9 held their meeting at Eagle Point High School on Jan. 18. The date was one week later than normal because mediation had been scheduled on Jan. 11 and was cancelled by the mediator due to a conflict. The session included the workshop, a community meeting to update patrons on the budgeting process followed…

Fire Distr. 3 board begins a plan based on 7 goals

Fire District No. 3 held a swearing in ceremony for two new board members, John Dimick and Harvey Tonn, and for Jim Gillin, who was re-elected. Officers for the coming year were also elected. Jim Gillin will serve as president, Colin Fagan as vice-president and Cindy Hauser will continue as secretary/treasurer. The collective bargaining agreement…

EPMS students highlight District 9 board meeting

There were positive presentations, several of them, at the May 11 District 9 Board of Directors meeting. Of particular note were presentations made by Eagle Point Middle School students as well as recognition of two outstanding EPMS students. And, in addition, the District 9 middle school math teachers were recognized. Two members of the Junior…

School board candidate forum

Voters in School District 9, from White City to Trail, are asked to attend a program  Monday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. to hear what candidates for the school board have to say. It will also be time to ask them questions. The election is May 17. Voters pamphlets and ballots will be in the…

D9 budget members learn role, some patrons want 4-day week

The District 9 Budget Committee held their first meeting Apr. 6. Supt. Cynda Rickert said her message was intended as an overview of the district’s financial position for the 2011-12 school year and for the second year of the biennium, which is 2012-13.Rickert reviewed data as follows: • Savings by careful planning and execution by…

Fire District #3 goals highlighted

The seven strategic goals under which Fire District #3 will operate were introduced by Fire District #3 Chief Dan Petersen at the Mar. 17 board of directors meeting. Prior to the presentation, Petersen  worked with each person who will have the primary responsibility for seeing his or her team follows through on the goals. Petersen…

Butte Falls cutting days and staff, studies charter

Butte Falls financial woes are definitely affecting students and staff. Ten school days and reduction in force were approved by the school board at the Feb. 7 meeting. Days cut include one that occurred Jan. 21. The next date is Friday, Feb. 25, Spring break will be extended to run Monday through Thursday, Mar. 28…

District 9 board approves bidding process for new school

{gallery}/12_14_10/school{/gallery} Jackson County School District #9, in partnership with Willamette Education Service District (WESD), announced approval of an alternative contractor selection process for the Hillside Elementary School Project following the Dec. 8 board of directors meeting.  This alternative process will expedite the choice of general contractor firm, and produce cost savings and reduce risk to…

Opinion on Eagle Point candidates

It is good to see more candidates than there are vacancies in the Eagle Point mayor and council race. But as a result, we will have decisions and opinions. In the race for Mayor, we have two candidates- Bob Russell and Rick Tree. Both are good, upstanding residents and citizens of our community. Tree has…

D9 student costs

School District 9 will hold a budgeting workshop Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the board room to talk about the cost per student. And there will be an update on the new elementary school plans. The public is encouraged to come, hear the discussion and submit questions.

Collier’s water district suit was dismissed

After months of inertia there was quite a lot of action last week surrounding the Shady Cove Water District, much of it illuminating the SCWD as the epitome of small town politics. That particular animal which has folks who are friends, neighbors and members of various boards and committees together facing each other on opposite…