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An online survey is now available on the Lincoln County School District website for those wishing to give their input on the hiring of a new school superintendent. The current superintendent, Tom Rinearson, will retire at the end of this school year after serving for the past decade.

The survey will be available until Oct. 21 at the district website ( On the home page, click on “Superintendent Survey.”

Survey results will go directly to the search consultant, who will use the information to develop search literature, and for the Lincoln County School District Board of Education to identify desired qualities and characteristics for the new leader.

Public input is being gathered from community members, educators and students during this search. Along with the online survey, everyone is invited to attend meetings being held Oct. 8-9.

All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the following locations: Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City on Tuesday, Oct. 8; Toledo Junior/Senior High on Tuesday, Oct. 8; Newport High on Wednesday, Oct. 9; and Waldport High on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

A vacancy exists in Zone 4 (Toledo, Silez, Eddyville) of the LCSD Budget Committee. The school board is responsible for appointing citizens to this committee, and is seeking applicants to fill the vacancy.

This position is a full three-year term, to serve until 6/30/16.

Those interested in serving in this volunteer position may not be employees of LCSD, must currently reside in the respective zone, and must be registered voters. A complete description of the zones is on file at the District administration office in Newport, as well as at the County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Newport.

Click here to print the application or you may pick one up at the District administration office in Newport. They are due Friday, October 25, 2013 to Laurie Urquhart in the District administration office via mail, fax (541 574-7620) or by email to The Board hopes to appoint a representative to the position at the November 2013 board meeting.

For more information, please call Laurie Urquhart at 541-265-4403.

Lincoln County School District is helping children explore new opportunities with the Oregon Coast Educational Afterschool Network (OCEAN) Project. The goal is to inspire kids to learn, to graduate, and pursue careers they hadn’t previously thought possible.Joyce

“I’m thrilled to be working with the school district on this important project,” says Joyce Thompson Graham, who is overseeing the OCEAN Project. “I’ve seen what a difference a solid afterschool program can make. It really does change lives, by giving kids the extra time they need in a more relaxed setting and by offering them projects that expand their notions of learning.”

Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, OCEAN Project will offer 2-1/2 hours of afterschool enrichment programs each school day, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Participants will also receive homework help, tutoring, a hot meal, and transportation home.

All children are welcome to attend, including private school students and home-schooled students. Three 10-week sessions will be offered this school year, with a fee of $100 per session. Financial assistance is available.

The locations and grades served are:
Taft Elementary School (also serving Oceanlake Elementary School), grades 1 through 6.
Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, grades 1 through 8.
Newport Intermediate School (also serving Isaac Newton Magnet School, Newport Prep Academy and Sam Case Primary School), grades 1 through 8.
Siletz Valley Charter School, grades 1 through 8.
Toledo Elementary School (also serving Eddyville Charter School), grades 1 through 6.
• A partnership between Crestview Heights School and Seashore Family Literacy, grades 1 through 8.

Site times will vary slightly, but will be roughly 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Enrollment begins Sept. 30, with enrollment forms available at the site school offices.

For more information, contact Thompson Graham at 541-272-7630 or by email at

The 75-year-old vacant school building in Lincoln City known as Old Taft Elementary is slated for demolition. The three-phase project will begin in October, with all buildings removed by April 2014.

Rich Belloni, support services director for Lincoln County School District, says the 67,563-square-foot building located on Southeast 50th Street has not been used as a public school since 2007. The property has been on the real estate market for several years without much interest from prospective buyers; and it is costly for the school district to maintain, even when empty. So, district officials have decided to remove the structures and restore the site to a grassy vacant lot.

Phase One, beginning in October, includes asbestos abatement, capping of water and sewer lines, and disconnection of electrical power. The asbestos abatement job was awarded to the lowest bidder, Atez, Inc. of Harrisburg, for $149,956 plus permit fees of $5,800.

Phase Two will begin in mid-November and includes demolition of the centrally located science building.

Phase Three begins in January and includes the demolition of the gym (the southernmost building) and the main building.

Belloni says every attempt will be made to recycle or reuse materials from the structures before demolition begins. The buildings will not be used for fire training because they are too close to other buildings and homes in the area.

The school district is working closely with Lincoln City officials to ensure public safety and reduce disruption to the nearby neighborhoods, he says. A temporary six-foot construction fence will be placed inside property lines and sidewalks, and the demolition will not affect adjoining properties, streets or sidewalks.

The school was built in 1938 and was used at various times for high school, middle school and elementary grades until 2007. In 1951, a 63,744-sq.ft. building was constructed on High School Drive, up and out of the tsunami inundation zone; that school is now home to Taft Elementary. The current Taft High 7-12, with 154,560-sq.ft., was built in 1997.

Four young adults who have the compassion and character to serve the less fortunate in our community are seeking like-minded volunteers to assist them with a variety of events and tasks.vols

These individuals – pictured from left, Justin Halvorsen, Paulina Gralow, Lynn Foster and Jeremiah Jumel – are the newest AmeriCorps volunteers working with Lincoln County School District’s homeless program known as HELP (Homeless Education & Literacy Project). They come to Lincoln County with different experiences and backgrounds, but are unanimous in their desire to serve.

“I want to give back to my community because I have been lucky in my life,” says Gralow, a recent University of Wisconsin graduate. She works out of the Family Literacy and HELP Center at Toledo Elementary School.

“I have a passion for helping people, a special connection to the homeless, and I love the AmeriCorps mission,” says Foster, who is from eastern Washington. She is based at the Family Literacy and HELP Center at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City.

Jumel, a graduate of Newport High and University of Oregon, agrees, saying: “Helping others makes me happy. It is a great mission to serve.” He is working out of the Family Literacy and HELP Center located at Yaquina View in Newport.

Based at Seashore Family Literacy in Waldport, Halvorsen has worked the past 15 years with a variety of non-profits, most recently in Montana. He obtained his certification in nonprofit management from Johnson State College in Vermont. “I am looking forward to learning from, and building upon, Seashore's history,” he says. “Waldport is unique, and I am really impressed in how people are consistently coming together to support each other and Seashore.”

As volunteer coordinators, their goal is to recruit volunteers and develop community partnerships to maximize support and services to LCSD students and others. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available at each of the four sites – tutoring and homework help, early childhood programs, collecting donations, teaching workshops, helping with special events, raising funds, and much more. Any assistance, large and small, is welcome.

Jumel points out that the need for volunteers is greater than ever. Lincoln County School District has recorded its highest number of homeless students in its history – 582 individuals or roughly 10 percent of the total school population. Of these students, 73 of them are unaccompanied by family. In addition, another 80 children under the age of 6 are counted as homeless in Lincoln County.

AmeriCorps volunteers commit to work full-time for 11 months, receiving a living stipend that “pays” roughly $6 an hour. A portion of their time is allocated to AmeriCorps training and natural disaster assistance. After completion of their service, they are eligible for a $5,550 award to be applied toward their education.
These four volunteers found their positions in Lincoln County through the American Red Cross-Oregon State Service Corps. Helping move the community forward while living on meager means, they are learning valuable work skills and developing an appreciation for citizenship.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 541-996-4878 in Lincoln City; 541-574-5824 in Newport; 541-336-4357 in Toledo; or 541-563-7323 in Waldport.

The Taft Native Student Association and North Area Indian Education program are hosting their annual “welcome back” event on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City.

The purpose is to celebrate and plan for the new school year.

Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A movie, the light-hearted and award-winning “Smoke Signals,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Taft students and faculty will perform music throughout the event.

All American Indian/Alaskan Native families are invited to come together to enjoy the evening, gather ideas of community needs, and plan activities that encourage students to stay in school and on track, says Juanita Whitebear, Lincoln County School District Indian Education specialist and student advisor.

For more information, contact Whitebear at 541-996-2115, ext 185; or 541-921-3502.

The halls and classrooms of the newly constructed Waldport High School and recently remodeled Crestview Height School were filled with 350-plus community members during a dedication celebration and open house on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the crowd listened as the WHS Choir presented its first public performance of the year, on the stage inside the multipurpose room. Then, the activities moved into the sparkling new gymnasium, where bleachers on one side were filled nearly to capacity. Superintendent Tom Rinearson, School Board Chairman Ron Beck, retired board member Jean Turner, and WHS Principal Tyler Stiner took turns praising those who helped make the 56,000-square-foot school possible. Crestview Heights Principal Kelly Beaudry also spoke about the major improvements that have taken place at her nearby school in the past year.

Then, the crowd was free to wander through the two schools, which share a common courtyard. One theme of overheard conversations was the stark difference between the 55-year old Waldport High School and the new one. A reminder of the history and heritage of the “old” Waldport High is very visible in the new school – class photos dating from 1909 are on display in the main corridor outside the school office.

Approximately 390 students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend Crestview Height School, and another 190 students attend the high school, grades 9-12.

Funding for the new high school and part of the Crestview remodeling was provided through the $63 million general obligation bond levy that county voters approved in May 2011. Before the election, the school district pledged to spend these tax dollars locally, in Lincoln County, as much as possible. T. Gerding Construction Co., the construction manager/general contractor for the new high school, reports that more than 75 percent of funds expended on the new WHS were spent in-county, with Lincoln County businesses and subcontractors.

Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff shares ribbon-cutting duties, flanked by former Waldport Mayor Herman Welch (left) and Waldport City Councilor Mark Campbell (right). Also pictured are Yachats Mayor Ron Brean (far left), school board members Liz Martin, Ron Beck and Terri Woodd; past school board members Brenda Brown and Jean Turner; Principal Tyler Stiner, Superintendent Tom Rinearson, and several student representatives.
Career/Technical Education Teacher Daniel Wirick (left) and Principal Tyler Stiner welcome visitors to the wood/metal shop.

Retired board member Jean Turner speaks before the crowd of 300-plus people inside the new WHS gymnasium


Want to make a positive impact in a child’s life? One quick and easy way is to donate a new backpack to the Backpacks for Kids program serving students in north Lincoln County.

Program volunteers have finished tabulating applications for the new school year and found that enrollment in the program is almost doubled from last year. In addition, the program is operating with reduced funding this year.

The volunteers estimate a need for approximately 300 more backpacks to serve students at Oceanlake Elementary, Taft Elementary and Taft High.

Studies show that 20 percent of U.S. children live in a household with food insecurity – which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. Under the Backpack for Kids program, backpacks are filled with nutritious, child-friendly and easy-to-prepare food, and discreetly given to children on the last day of school before a weekend or holiday.

Persons wishing to donate new backpacks may drop them off at the North County HELP Center, located at Taft Elementary School, or the Gleneden Beach Post Office.Donations of time, food and money are also appreciated. For information, please call Taft Elementary at 541-996-2136.

Public input is being gathered from community members, educators and students in the search for a new Lincoln County School District superintendent. The current superintendent, Tom TomRinearson, will retire at the end of this school year after serving for the past decade.

Community Meetings will be held throughout the county as follows. . .

Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Taft High 7-12, in Lincoln City
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Toledo Jr/Sr High
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Newport High
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Waldport High

All four community meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. In addition, an ONLINE SURVEY will be available on the school district website ( for two weeks beginning Oct. 7.

Consultant Greg McKenzie and an associate will facilitate the meetings and gather information about the qualities and qualifications needed in a new superintendent. They also will gather information from student leaders and LCSD staff during both days.

“I look forward to meeting with Lincoln County residents,” McKenzie said. “I have a long history here, and was the consultant during the search for the current superintendent. This is an important task, and I am pleased to be a part of it.”

The Homeless Education & Literacy Project (HELP) is a program of Lincoln County School District that works with students to make sure they have support to be successful in school.

More than 250 school-aged youth and their families lined up to enjoy the benefits of the Third Annual Back to School BBQ and School Supply Giveaway on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Participants received school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, information on local resources for youth and families, and enjoyed an outdoor barbecue.

The next day, Wednesday, Aug. 28, the North County HELP Center was busy getting kids ready for school at the School Supply Giveaway. Approximately 190 students from Lincoln City’s public schools visited the center located at Taft Elementary to get school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, and information on local resources.

“The event was a great success. We more than doubled the number of families served,” said Hanna Connett, homeless advocate and coordinator for the North County Family Literacy and HELP Center. “Last year we served 30 families and this year we served 77 families.”

“All of the items provided to students were generously donated by the community,” Connett explained. “I would like to give a special thanks to the Charitable Distribution Center and Louise Cremeen at the Gleneden Beach Post Office for collecting school supplies all summer long from the community. This event was a success because of the tremendous support from many individual community donors and volunteers. Thank you!”

The Newport activity was held in the gymnasium at the former Yaquina View School (see photo above). Staff members from HELP and Samaritan House Family Shelter organized the activity to provide a full day of resources and fun for families. Dozens of community members, businesses, service organizations, churches, and more contributed to the event’s success.

The Newport HELP Center would like to thank the following for their support: Newport Rotary Club, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Elks, Columbia Bank, Washington Federal Bank, Wal-Mart, J.C. Market, Safeway, Salvation Army, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Unity, Radiant Church, Atonement Lutheran Church, LDS Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, South Beach Church, Newport Nazarene, First Baptist Church, as well as many individual community donors and 26 event volunteers.

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering at next year’s event may call the North County HELP Center at 541-996-4878 or the Newport HELP Center at 541-574-5824. Volunteers are also needed during the school year.

Sue Graves, safety coordinator for Lincoln County School District, is pleased to announce that the Oregon State Police Volunteers are partnering with the school district to provide periodic patrols at LCSD schools in Lincoln City, Newport, and Waldport.

The goal is to be a visible presence near the schools in order to promote a safe school climate; deter, prevent, and reduce crime and other undesirable behavior; and to be an extra set of eyes and ears to report suspicious behavior near and on school campuses.

The OSP Volunteers will wear OSP identification (jackets, vests, hats, ID badges, etc.) and will provide random patrols outside the schools, either in their marked vehicles or on foot. They will not carry any firearms on school property and they will not approach or challenge people verbally. However, they will observe and report anything suspicious to 911 (if it is an emergency), or to the school principal, secretary or school resource officer (if it is not an emergency).

The OSP Volunteers are actively recruiting more volunteers to expand their services. For more information or answers to any questions, please contact Sue Graves by sending an email to

We are grateful for OSP's role in our ongoing efforts to improve safety at our schools!

On Aug. 22, new teachers and counselors reported to work for several days of intensive orientation and training before welcoming students into their classrooms on Sept. 3. The new licensed staff members are:

North Area/Lincoln City: seated from left, Kelsey Hammond, Emily Smith, Linda Parker, Kathy Elbert, Kayleigh Wright, and Chris Ampersand; standing from left, Susan Smith, Joe Graves, Amanda Richey, James Mick, Nikki Dahlman, Isaac Bass, Mindy Paulson, Nate Fingerson, Britney O’Connell, Dustin Quandt, Matt Hilgers, and Ryan Custodio.

West Area/Newport: seated from left, Adam Galen, Aaron Clair, Erin Carey, and Jill Sellers; standing from left, Jane Lehrer, Kim Haddon, Steve Sabatka, Amber Sprague, and Rachel Newby.

East Area/Toledo: seated from left, Darrin Matthies, Tiffany Stuart, and Ed Dickey; standing from left, Jon Ziegler, Kevin VanZee, and Heather Rakoz.
South Area/Waldport: seated from left, Daniel Wirick, Karen Backman, and Charlotte Galen; standing from left, Catherine Tardif, Colt Reece, and Erin Price.


Parents of Sam Case Primary School students who have not yet made transportation arrangements with the school office are asked to contact or visit the school as soon as possible to complete this very important task.

Parents of children who will be picked up or will walk every day may call the school at 541-265-8598 to confirm arrangements. For those children who will ride a school bus, parents are asked to come to the school to make arrangements; if this is not possible within the next couple of business days, parents may call the office instead.

This request also applies to parents of any kindergarten students who may have been pre-registered this past spring.

Indie rock and alt rock. Bluegrass and Blues. Garage band and country folk.
Mix these musical styles together and the result is an outrageously entertaining afternoon and evening of music presented by some of the most influential and creative musicians from Portland.

With a personal invite extended by Taft Elementary School Principal Chris Sullivan, a slate of 10 notable Northwest musical artists has agreed to come to the coast to help raise funds for the school. The eclectic performers will present two concerts at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The 3 p.m. show will be kid-focused, with Mo Phillips headlining the act. Phillips is a master of creating kids’ music that rocks and delights adults, too. Using guitar, harmonica, organ and vocals, Phillips has released a couple of Americana folk albums along with his popular children’s albums.

The 7 p.m. show on Aug. 24 will offer a variety of diverse music for an age 21 and older crowd. Along with Phillips, the performers include Jenny Conlee, Jeremy Wilson, Susannah “Little Sue” Weaver, Michael Jodell, Matt Brown, Wendy Pate, Darka Dusty & Miri Stebivka and Steve Drizos.

“Absolutely all proceeds from this event will be utilized to pay for art and music education at Taft Elementary School,” Sullivan says. “Old musical instruments will be repaired and new ones bought for the students, and we will be able to purchase much needed art supplies.”

“I am amazed at how excited Lincoln City has been to invite these artists to the coast. Hotel rooms, meals and activities have all been provided and organized by the community,” Sullivan says. “This means proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to this important cause.”

Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $5 for ages 5 and older; children 4 and under are free, when accompanied by an adult. The 7 p.m. show tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 or via phone at 541-994-9994.

A bit about each artist:
• Jenny Conlee is an accomplish keyboardist (including piano, organ, melodica and accordion) and occasional backup singer with the indie rock quintet The Decembrists; the group was so cool they were featured on an episode of “The Simpsons.” Her most recent project has been with the acoustic band Black Prairie.
• Michael Jodell grew up singing harmony to classic country standards. Her singing, songwriting and acoustic guitar draw on that foundation, mixing in with jazz and roots rock.
• Jeremy Wilson is widely known as singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Dharma Bums, a contender to be a big breakthrough alternative act in the late 1980s; Nirvana was a frequent opening act for the Dharma Bums. He remains an active member of the Portland music scene.
• Wendy Pate has been described as a “sultry” vocalist who adeptly handles an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, bossa nova, country rock and more.
• Susannah Weaver, known as “Little Sue,” is a nationally known folk singer, alt country and acoustic rocker who pens poetic and memorable lyrics.
• Matt Brown is a blues and soul singer-songwriter whose voice has been described as “confident, smooth, soulful and sexy.”
• Darka Dusty and Miri Stebivka are partners with common Ukrainian and musical backgrounds. She is a singer, songwriter, pianist, accordionist and music producer who covers the gamut of genres, from alternative to pop, classic rock to electronica. He is a talented musician (guitar, mandolin, and more) with sublime backup harmonies.
• Steve Drizos has been described as a master percussionist, drummer and songwriter, currently making music as one half of the duo called The Denmark Veseys.
• According to his online bio, Mo Phillips writes kids songs from his secret ninja laboratory in Portland and previously had “played crazy jazz and psychedelic math rock on three continents to much acclaim.” Now, he performs witty, irreverent and interactive shows that respect the intelligence of young people and adults alike.

Even as its upcoming demolition nears, the vacant Waldport High School will continue to serve as an important source of community education – with several weeks of fire, law enforcement, and emergency response training taking place inside.

“This is going to be a huge regional training opportunity. ‘Epic’ would be the word,” says Fire Chief Derek Clawson, with Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue. “We will interface with lots of different agencies from multiple counties so we can maximize our time in the building. However, the main goal is to train local personnel. Our new firefighters will have a lot of tasks checked off their list when they finish the training.”

Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue and Toledo Fire Department are working closely with each other and with the Lincoln County School District, because these two agencies have experience with using large buildings for fire training. A few years ago, Toledo Fire conducted live fire training at the school district’s vacated Burgess School,with 150 participants over three weekends. It is anticipated that several hundred people will take advantage of the training at the old Waldport High School this fall.

“This is a vital, once-in-a-lifetime training for our local firefighters and law enforcement,” says Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing. “The live fire training event is invaluable to us. It easily gives us 150 hours of site use for hundreds of participants.”

Clawson says his fire agency hopes to take possession of the 42,000-sq.ft. school building in early September, and will begin training sessions soon after. Several hundred firefighters, police officers and community emergency response volunteers from throughout Lincoln County and the region will use the 55-year-old school building for “cold” training – that is, training without fire – during September and October.

The “hot” training sessions involving live fire will take place on weekends during the month of November, depending on wind and weather conditions. The plan is to complete all training by Dec. 1 so that the debris can be removed by Dec. 15, 2013. This will allow the school district to begin restoration of the 11.5 acre property to open-space use.

Training inside a building that is slated for demolition allows for much more realistic exercises without fear of damage, Ewing says. Examples of “cold” training exercises include breaking through a wall to escape from a burning room, pulling a charged waterline through a structure, making forcible entry into a building, and ventilating a roof. Other possible training and drill scenarios include active shooter and mass casualty.

Not only does this learning opportunity provide invaluable hands-on experience, it saves the school district and taxpayers “tens of thousands of dollars in removal cost,” Clawson says. “After the burn is complete, concrete and other items that don’t burn will have to be hauled away, but it will be considerably less than without the fire training.”

All the proper steps are being taken to ensure that the burn will be done safely. The school district has hired a company to perform asbestos abatement inside the building. All other potentially hazardous or noxious materials such as plastic will be removed, and precautions are being taken to protect the nearby slough from runoff. The live burns will not be permitted if there is excessive wind or dry weather conditions.

As for “deconstructing” the building so that materials can be reused or recycled, that is a time consuming, cost prohibitive and unsafe process, Ewing said. For example, to remove beams from a ceiling would leave the walls unstable. After careful consideration of the alternatives, demolition through live fire training will be the best value for the community.

Purchasing school supplies for children at the beginning of the year can be a burden for some parents. Fortunately, the annual Stuff A Bus campaign ensures that students have access to the tools they need to learn.

In Lincoln City, Stuff A Bus donations will be collected from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Tanger Outlet Center. As in the past, Mid-Columbia Bus Co. has generously donated the use of a school bus for the day.

Those wishing to make a donation may pick up a shopping bag at one of the following Lincoln City locations:

City Hall, Driftwood Public Library, Price-N-Pride, Les Schwab Tire Center, Tanger Outlet Center office, many local churches including Coast Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Congregational Church, St. James Episcopal Church, and other local businesses such as Wells Fargo, West Coast Bank, TLC Credit Union, Washington Federal, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Gallucci's Pizzeria, and KBCH Radio station.

The shopping bag will contain a list of needed items for the various grade levels for students at Taft 7-12, Taft Elementary and Oceanlake Elementary. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.

Lincoln County School District Superintendent Tom Rinearson announces administrative changes that will have a positive impact on Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City, Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School, as well as other schools district-wide.

“I am pleased to announce these changes,” Rinearson said. “We have a strong team of administrators who are dedicated to our students. The changes in roles and duties will allow these administrators to bring their best to our students and teaching staff at these two schools, as well as district-wide.”

tolanMajalise Tolan, left, who has been principal at Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton since the spring of 2010, has been named principal at Taft High. She has strong connections to the Lincoln City community, stemming from the time she was assistant principal at Taft High, July 2008 until her transfer to Newport in 2010.

tianaTiana Tucker, right, who has been assistant principal at Taft High since July 2011, will take over the top role at Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton. Tucker joined Lincoln County School District in 2006 as a language arts teacher at Newport High School. She advanced into the role of associate principal at NIS/INMS in July 2010 before transferring to Taft as assistant principal the following year. One of her strengths is in understanding and sharing her knowledge about the latest in curriculum and instruction for the school district, Rinearson says.scott

Scott Reed, left, who is the current principal at Taft High 7-12, began his service at the school as assistant principal during the 2007-08 school year. He has held the top position since July 2008. During the coming school year, Reed will oversee the school district’s Alternative Education Environments program and focus on school improvement across the district.

“Scott is extremely knowledgeable in positive behavior interventions and alternative education, and will help institute these approaches into our other schools,” Rinearson says. “It is unfortunate that my decision to make these administrative changes comes at the same time that there is some community controversy about a plaque that was stolen, but my decision is totally unrelated to that matter.”

Pacific Power Foundation recently presented $1,000 to the Taft Tiger Boosters for the purchase of safety wall mats in the school’s wrestling room.

“The Taft Tiger Boosters have raised funds the last few years to improve safety for youth sports in Lincoln City. Safety is also important to Pacific Power, for employees and the public, so I am pleased we are able to assist in the Boosters’ efforts,” said Doris Johnston, Pacific Power regional community manager.

As president of the Taft Tiger Boosters, Kathy Joy wrote the Pacific Power Foundation grant for safety mats, which will cost close to $6,900. As of early July, the Boosters have raised almost $4,000 toward the project – $1,000 from the Roadhouse 101 ceiling sweep, $500 from the Taft High, $1,000 from Pacific Power, and $1,485 from the Taft Tiger Boosters Board.

The Boosters Board funds came from a program in which Pacific Power employees can track their hours of volunteer service to a nonprofit entity, and the Pacific Power Foundation will make a proportionate donation. Between April 2012 and March 2013, Joy volunteered 325.5 hours of service, resulting in the $1,485 donation.

Taft Tiger Boosters, along with Taft 7-12, have been awarded two additional Pacific Power Foundation grants in the past. In 2009, grant funds were used to purchase two AED units and provide annual training and certification to coaches and teachers. In 2010, funds were used to purchase 30 first aid kits for sports teams and school use.

The next Waldport High School Open Space meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Waldport Community Center, 265 Hemlock (Hwy. 34).

All interested persons are invited to attend, especially those who had previously signed up to work on one or more of the following committees: arts, dog park, garden, softball/sports, and miscellaneous.

Committee members are asked to come prepared with specific ideas about uses for the site, including potential costs to build and maintain the recommended project. In addition, asbestos abatement information will be shared at the meeting.

This meeting is the third hosted by Lincoln County School District and the city of Waldport to determine the best open space use for the 11.47 Waldport High School campus, once the school building and other structures at the site are removed.

This project is funded by a $3 million Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has purchased all the structures and development rights at the site to prevent future development in a tsunami inundation zone. In turn, the school district will demolish and remove the school buildings, portable classrooms, and grandstands; restore the site into open space; and maintain the property in perpetuity with no future development other than that related to the open-space use.

Along with the potential of saving lives and preventing properly loss, this mitigation project allows the school district to remove an empty school, which can be expensive to maintain even when not in use; and to restore the land for open space use without spending district funds.

Avery MarvinAvery Marvin, a science teacher at Taft High School in Lincoln City, set sail on July 8 as a part of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.

During this 18-day learning adventure, Marvin is assisting scientists on a hydrographic survey to chart the ocean floor in the Gulf of Alaska

“Through my experience with NOAA, I look forward to informing and inspiring my students about the wonders, significance and difficulties of authentic maritime science,” says Marvin, “so that they, too, will become appreciative and mindful citizen scientists of the greatest resource in their very backyard, the ocean.”

Marvin boarded the NOAA Ship Rainier on July 8 in Kodiak, Alaska, and she is helping scientists daily as they participate in an on-going hydrographic survey of Alaskan waters. NOAA’s Coast Survey use the data collected in these surveys to create the nautical charts necessary for marine navigation.

Marvin, pictured above, is writing a blog about her experience, accessible at:

Soon after Marvin returns, another LCSD teacher will also set sail on a Teacher at Sea experience: Katie Sard who teaches at Isaac Newton Magnet School in Newport.

UPDATE: Katie Sard is aboard the NOAA ship Rainier from July 29 to Aug. 15. Click the link below to access her blog:

Now in its 23rd year, the program has provided more than 650 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from more than 250 teachers, and chose 25 to participate in research cruises. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.