School Levy election ‘good news’

OROVILLE – Under “Good News and Announcements” at the Monday, Nov. 26 Oroville School Board meeting Superintendent Steve Quick pointed to the successful $1.2 million capital levy passage.

“It means we can put a new roof on the elementary… that’s really good news,” said Supt. Quick.

“What are we going to do with all those garbage cans in the hall?” asked teacher Doug Kee, referring to the cans used to catch the drips from the leaky roof.

Quick also gave his Superintendent’s Report, saying he and three board members – Rocky DeVon, Todd Hill and Travis Loudon – had recently attended several workshops.

“They had one on how to pass levies… there were some great workshops,” Quick said.

The superintendent said the district had also been working with a policy consultant.

“The consultant recommended closing the campus (at lunch time). Even though I think it would be a good idea due to safety and other issues, I’m not sure how well it would go over with the kids and community. So unless you say otherwise the policy will remain as is,” Quick said to the board.

Student Board Representative Ruben Renfroe reported that fall sports had ended.

“Football did pretty well and winter sports are kicking off. Wrestling is going strong and we have some pretty good basketball teams,” he said.

In her report, Elementary School Principal Joan Hoehn said Parent Teacher Conferences had been completed and were “pretty successful” with more than 80 percent participation.

She said the PTO was helping the older elementary students learn countries and the younger ones the states.

“The Missoula Children’s Theatre gave 44 students a chance to participate in the Tortoise and the Hare. Every student that tried out got a part… they could have used even more kids,” said Hoehn.

“We want to thank the Booster Club for their continued support,” added Hoehn.

The principal also mentioned the PTO was sponsoring this year’s Holiday Bazaar on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at the elementary school gym.

Coaches Stacy Hinze, Tam Hutchinson, Laura Kinman and Doug Kee reported on the fall sports seasons for volleyball, football, girls soccer and cross country, respectively.

Director Amy Wise motioned to approve a consent agenda for several items. These included approving Heather Burnell as a substitute/paraprofessional and John Hilderbrand as a substitute custodian. The first reading of the 3000 series of Board Policies and Action Plan was also approved.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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