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Page 12 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Adams County Record Cambridge Principal Notes The Swit, Jh & Cinderella By Angie Lakey-CampbeU For the past several years, Weiser Memorial Hospital has Offered free physicals to students in the county. The physicals were scheduled in August, and sometimes, with the Washington County Fair, it was a challenge to get athletes to them. I received a call from the hospital this morning advising us that the physicals will be on May 21 at 6:00 PM this year at the hospital. Please mark your calendar! The hospital will be sending more information, and I will continue to place reminders in this column. We received great news last week. Danielle Petitmermet has been selected as an Idaho High School Activities Association Interscholastic" Star 1A finalist! Danielle will partake in a telephone interview in a couple of weeks. The activities association will select one finalist from each division after the interviews. We wish Danielle luck in this prestigious scholarship selection process. In reviewing student grades from the first semester of this year, I found that, Of our students currently enrolled in school, almost 98% of the credits :attempted were earned. Congratulations to our students, parents and teachers for all of the hard work it took to earn all of those credits! As I mentioned last week, the drama spring production isthis week. The matinee showing of The Switch will be on Wednesday, April 25 at 1:15 with the evening showing on Friday, April 27 at 8:00 in the high school commons area. Due to the number of scene changes, an addition to the stage was created, and seating is limited. The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is sponsoring the Missoula Children's Theater production of Cinderella next week. Try-outs for the production are on Monday, April 20. If your child is interested in participating, please have them check the flyers at school for more information. Supplemental Levy for a Shop Teacher BY THE COUNCIL sHOP COALITION On May 15th, a supplemental levy for funding a shop teacher at Council High School will be on the ballot. Your vote is needed to ensure this levy is passed. Council has not had a shop program for the past three years due to cuts in state education funding; the Council School District's budget has been cut nearly 20% over the last three years. This spring a group of people who believe students in our area need a shop program began raising money to repair and upgrade the shop building. This group is called the Council Shop Coalition. Fundraising and building repairs are now underway; this levy will provide funds to hire a shop teacher and make use of the newly renovated building. Why it's needed An industrial arts or "shop" program provides the opportunity for students to learn skills in welding, metal fabrication, woodworking, carpentry, auto and small engine mechanics, auto body repair, plumbing, electrical work, and mechanical drawing and drafting. Many students in industrial arts programs go on to technical schools and career fields in which large industry players such as Boeing say it is becoming increasingly tough to find qualified workers for highly skilled jobs. Others go on to engineering careers because these courses spark an interest in how to design machines and structures. No matter what careers they choose, these students use skills learned in shop classes in everyday life. Shop projects also incorporate skills learned in other courses such as math, computer science, writing, and economics, making shop a truly interdisciplinary experience. Many students consider working in shop thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. The shop building is currently heated with inefficient electric heaters. Individuals have donated standing timber, the use of logging equipment, and labor to produce $32,000 the highlight of their day in to use towards this project. school, saying it keeps them One local ranch donated interested in school and helps them understand the practical need for their other classes. What is needed The repairs and upgrades identified for the shop building included: fixing the roof, replacing the ceiling in the classroom, updating some plumbing, installing new insulation and a fire wall, fixing electrical deficiencies, and connecting the biomass heating system to the building. The total cost would have been about $86,000 if all of the materials and work were paid for at market prices. However, volunteers have done a lot of the work, and local contractors agreed to do work at cost or at a discount. Vflth these price reductions, the total cost will end up being about $65,000. This cost does not include buying new tools and equipment for the students to use. Some of the equipment is in need of repair or replacement. Connecting the shop building to the biomass system was planned in 2005 when the biomass system was built. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding the shop was never connected. Connecting the shop to the biomass system will save $10,000, and the county has transferred about $25,000 to the school from an Office of Energy Resources grant that was intended for the county biomass plant. Many others have donated as well, and the total amount received is over $70,000. Grant funds are also being sought for computers to use in the shop this summer using the donated funds, but the school district does not have enough funding to hire a shop teacher. The Council Shop Coalition worked with the school district to place a supplemental levy for $50,000 on the ballot for May 15th. The levy would be in effect for two years and would fund the salary and benefits for a shop teacher. These funds would not be used for other school programs. Any funds from the levy beyond what is needed to pay the salary and benefits of a shop teacher would be used for other shop program expenses, such as tools and equipment. 00l-he Council Sho00 Coalition will not request that this levy be renewed in two years. program, and to supplement the donated funds. These efforts have been necessary because the school district has been severely impacted by budget cuts at the state level. The state used to match the money the district saved for facilities maintenance, but stopped the match program two years ago; this greatly impacted the school's ability to save for large facility projects. Most of the district's accumulated facility funds were used to replace the roofs on the elementary and secondary buildings. The remaining facility funds will be needed to replace the gym roof. 1he Shop Levy Repairs to the shop building will be completed These surplus funds would be managed by the Council Shop Coalition the same way as the donated funds are managed. The levy amount of $50,000 was set to ensure there is sufficient funding to hire an experienced, highly- skilled shop teacher. The salary for a highly-skilled teacher is much higher than for an entry-level teacher. The school board and the administration are dedicated to the long- term sustainability of an industrial arts programl They plan to make staffing and budget adjustments over the next two years to allow the district to continue paying for a shop teacher after the levy expires. The Council Shop Coalition will not request that this levy be renewed in two years. Future funding for a shop teacher would come from the school district combined with additional state funding that will return to the district once a full sequence of shop classes are offered culminating with a capstone course. A $50,000 levy would cost property owners approximately $35 per $100,000 of property value, each of the next two years. The general property tax to support schools was discontinued in 2006 by the state legislature. The only funding the school currently receives from property taxes is for the biomass plant bond levy that will expire in 2022. The remainder of school funding comes from state sales taxes. Supporters Individuals supporting these efforts include: Mark and Sandy Mahon, Justin and Rhonda Getusky, Ryan and Anna Zollman, Joe and Kim Mahon, Jeff and Cindy Miller, Jeff and Brenda Howard, Sylvia Hulin, Greg and Cindy Hulin, Jim Hileman, Gino and Tami Testa, Jamie and Mandy Gibleau, Danny and Anita Cook, Shawn and Mendy Stanford, Paul and Bev Clagg, Brodie and Kala Nichols, Paul and Maxine Nichols, Dean and Ginger Harrington, Jeff Canfield and Lynn Siegel, Dave and Melanie Vining, Jeff and Holly Pedrow, Pete and Elaine Johnston, Wayne and Marge Freedman, John and Regena Malvich, Joe and Dawn Holmes, Bill and Donna Brown, Mike and Janice Paradis, Dan and Amy Shumway, Eric and Angie Rosengrant, lared Hamilton, Matt and Cheryl Clayton, Michael Paradis, Walt and Susan Parker, Harold Powers, Karen Poulson, Dae and Mona Allred, Kevin Gray, Diane Davis, Debbie Paradis, and Ben and Mellissa Roundtree, Kyle Freedman, Kelly Anderson, Ron Keller, John Pate, Jeff Miller, Walt Parker, Derry Gossard, and Danny Cook. Individuals and businesses that have donated funds, materials and labor include: Harold Powers, Karen Poulson, Harrington and Son, Evergreen Forest Products, Idaho Forest Group, M & J Logging, Tom Mahon Logging, J.W. Holmes and Sons, Tim and Karen Hixon, Ray Stoker, Council Mini Storage, Brown Mountain Recycling, Josh Wilson, Propel Electric, Tri State Electric, Ben Getusky, Dave Allred, Mike Getusky, Highwall Drywall, Balderson Electric, Clayton Construction, and Rhonda Getusky. Businesses that completed work or provided materials at discount rates include: EnergySeal, ACCO Mechanical, and Economy Roofing. You can find more information about this project on Facebook at: chsshopprogram. Or contact Mark Mahon at 741-9067; Justin Getusky at 721-9200; or Joe Mahon at 741-9367. We need your help. Please vote YES for the supplemental levy on May 15th. Steve's Automotive & Towing to t.ha00 a//a00'6 e00t0mm t,9. 5g00. We will be dosing our doors as of April 28th, 2012. 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