I attended one of four public input meetings regarding a possible school district referendum. I agree with the Nov. 14 Oregon Observer article “Safety First.”
When attendees at this meeting were divided into five discussion groups, independently, without fail, each group reported that safety of precious students and staff is of primary importance, regardless of any other referendum issues.
A second point was the desire of citizens to know the costs of individual aspects of any prospective referendum. The community wants a breakdown rather than being asked to vote “yes” or “no” to one large package that includes everything from soup to nuts.
A third point was the need for more opportunities for input from parents, students, teachers, and citizens with no children in school. I agree with board member Rae Vogeler, who stated in the Nov. 14 article, “People were engaged.
Thanks to all the young and energetic people that helped put up the holiday lights.
It was just great!
Thanks to Judy Knutson of the Chamber of Commerce for arranging for the all the people to help. Also for the EMS/Fire Dept. for putting up the Shooting Stars and the men at the Public Works Department.
It was very much appreciated!
Jim and Darlene Groenier
Holiday Lights Committee
The SToughton Area Resource Team (START)1920’s Hors d’oeuvres Theater Celebration and Fundraising Event Sept. 12 was a remarkable success!
It celebrated START’s service to the community and those who make it possible - organizations, foundations, businesses, churches and families who contribute financially as well as their time and talents.
The funds raised help provide a safety net for Stoughton area families in crisis.
On behalf of the START Board, a special thanks to the Courier-Hub for featuring START and the sponsors, auction donors, and those who gifted their service, time and talents.
We tell our kids to always use the sidewalks and crosswalks, because they’re safest for traveling.
This is by and large a true statement and generally the safest way for people to travel. But being an avid runner and frequent user of the sidewalk system, you may (or may not) be surprised at the danger I see/avoid on nearly every run.
Today’s six-mile run required me to “hit the brakes” no less than three times or get hit by an inattentive/distracted driver.
I witness a variety of distracted drivers (cell phones, breakfast eaters, putting on make-up, etc.), but what I see that poses the greatest threat to people on sidewalks or in crosswalks are the inattentive drivers turning to their right and only checking for traffic approaching from the same direction they’re about turn. In short, only looking for approaching cars from the left.
In the 47 years that we have lived in the Oregon School District, we have seen many changes.
Buildings have been built and remodeled, staff have been hired and retired (including myself) and contracts have been negotiated and approved sometimes with the aid of an arbitrator.
During my tenure as a teacher/counselor at Brooklyn Elementary School, I experienced changes in contract language and the support and impact of administration and a variety of school boards.
An important part of the “contract” was the “just cause clause.” In simple terms, “just cause” means that in order to discipline or dismiss an employee, the employer must prove proper and sufficient reasons for the action.
Due to recent legislation, the Oregon School Board and teachers have created a handbook. The current version of this handbook does not include a “just cause” clause.
I would like to begin this letter by thanking Steve Zach for the countless volunteer hours he has donated to our community.
In no way do I wish to diminish his efforts. However, with that being said, I was at the June 5 School Board Human Assets Committee meeting and I feel morally obligated to step forward with my observations of that meeting.
It was not surprising to me that other school board members felt that Zach’s treatment of Rae Vogeler was normal, or appropriate, as this tenor has been common to our School Board meetings for several years. I have watched, in person and on cable access, as the meetings have become increasingly dysfunctional. Community members, teachers, staff and parents regularly leave feeling hurt, embarrassed, frustrated and angry.
I wanted to thank the Village of Brooklyn and specifically the Recreation committee for putting on a wonderful Fourth of July celebration in the Village of Brooklyn at Legion Park again this year.
Contrary to last week’s article in the Observer, we did have the celebration with fireworks last year, and the village has hosted this event for the better part of the last 10 years. This is a wonderful event for Brooklyn, on par with any other community in the area, and I am privileged to be a small part of it.
I would also like to thank all of the volunteers from the Brooklyn Fire and EMS who help out at the park every year.
Lastly I would like to thank all those who helped with the setup, rigging, and shooting of the fireworks this year.