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6 The Sun, Wednesday, May. 2, 2007 Letters to the editor SCHOOL BOARD RECORD DEFENDED As you pointed out in your edi- torial column (April 18) you gave me credit for working hard for the school district. You further men- tioned [he failure of the school bond issues and questioned how in touch I am with the community of Wil- lamina and Grand Ronde. I voted against the two highest monetary bond issues and against a salary increase for the district's superintendent.: But I will empha- size what is needed in our school district. 1) More learning space for our kids in all three schools. I feel a $4 to $5 million bond will cover our needs, This bond will include ma- jor construction inside each school, placement of modular complexes and steel structures for use for shops and recreational activities. 2) Zero in on lacking test scores with some of our kids. Utilize the efforts of the high school juniors and seniors to assist in reading and math for the kids who are having problems in grades K-5. A big brother and sister mentor club could be established to help the younger kids to stay focused on core values of learning, having fun and respect for rules. 3) Start working to meet the new state requirement of math- ematics in high school. This new graduation requirement will in- clude three credits of math Alge- bra 1 and higher I see this change as a major concern for the school district which will place additional pressure on how we teach math to our students from K-12. 4) Support our teachers in their efforts and assist all new teachers with a positive mentoring system If our teachers are. not happy and feel they are not being supported, what can our kids feel. In closing, .I feel I did my best during the past four years on the school board. I think I have used my college years, along with my Navy and Bureau of Prisons expe- riences to assist the Willamina School District in its efforts to edu- cate our kids. JeffBiller, Grand Rondo BILLER VOTED AGAINST ' SCHOOL BONDS I would like to show my sup- port for Jeff Biller for the school board in Willamina. I have known and worked along side Jeff since 1989. Jeff is honest and trustworthy. Jeff is the person who will ask the tough questions and make people accountable for their actions: Jeff was the only Wil- lamina school board member who voted against bonds of $12 and $13 million and a large salary increase for the superintendent. These facts were taken from the pages of your own newspaper. Vote for Jeff Biller for Willamina school board. Mike Griffith, Sheridan would be a huge asset to our school board. I encourage everyone who wants to see the children of our community thrive in their education to vote for Dan Heidt and JeffBiller. Gaylene Smith, Willamina BUILDERS SHOULD PAY FOR WATER COSTS Re: "Sheridan water plan pegged at $2.6 million" in the April 18 edition. I was told that 2,000 of our population was the prison. Dou- bling Sheridan's actual current population only gets us to approxi- mately 7,500 not 9,500 as indicated by Mr. Teague. Does the prison plan on dou- bling their capacity in the next 20 years? If the prison is planning on doubling their capacity are they going to increase their share to cover the added costs? If the city manager is looking for ways to fund this increased expense he should look at the construction companies who will gain the most from their increased building activi- ties. The Current rate payers gain very little from these expansions and should not have to bear the brunt of the expense. How much of this expense will the Delphians pay for their 55 lot subdivision or are we current ratepayers going to subs!dize them as well? Water and sewer rate hikes should be restricted if our leaders give in so easily to construction companies. Terry Davis, Sheriddn BUSINESS THANKED FOR DONATING GIFTS Recently, our youth group held a raffle of gift baskets to raise money for a mission trip to Mexico. Several community businesses gave gift certificates for those bas- James HardieTM CHAIVIBERLAIN" now was '127 I/2-HP Chain Drive Garage Door Opener #248730 SP CIALVALUE! now each 2" x 4" x~ 92.5/8" PrecutKD HF S'md #0703s . SPEC|ALVALUE! now 80 Ibs. Quikrete Concrete Mix *Use for buildings, sidewalks, curbs, etc, #10385 patios, steps, kets. Our endeavor would not have to the Willamina fire hall two weeks been a ~ccess without their gener- ago. osity. They are: Fig~0's Pizza in I was about to leave when Chief Sheridan, the Wildwood Hotel & Cliuck Eddings asked to listen to Restaurant, Fat cat Coffee, and my lungs. He called my doctor, told Candles bY Julia Marshall. him I had heart failure and I was Teresa L. 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' ~ ' :'~ :~ ~ '~ :i .Z' BILLER, HEIDT ARE BEST CHOICES I am a lifelong resident of wil- lamina, my children have attended willamina schools and I have four grandchildren in willamina Schools now. Through all of the years I have been impressed with the school dis- trict, teachers and education I and my family received. Over the past year, I have been following issues the district is facing regarding fund- ing, classroom ratios and buildings. It appears the community is look- ing for' a change in our school sys- tem, and now is the time with the" upcoming school board elections 'One thing I would like to see is a school board in which communi- cation is paramount, not only within the schools but within the commu- nity. I would like to encourage ev- eryone to work on communication. A good start would be by voting for SPECIALVALUE! now $227 each SPEC|ALVALUE! now $396 80 ,bs. 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I know both of these individu- als, and can attest to their qualifi- cations and integrity. Dan Heidt has a bachelor's degree in education and business and is the business manager of a multi-branch family owned insulation company. He also has a vested interest in the district as he has two children attending ~ t' ~ : ,:, fl s,m,~ o s o ~ o o ~ ~ ~o~ now now now 4"" "xl0 Solid Corrugated Pipe $628each $1998 5gallons $444 24-pack ' #24134 7116" x 4' x 8' OSB Drive-Maxx" 700 Arrowhead 4" x 10' Slotted #12212 Driveway Filler Bottled Water Corrugated Pipe " and Sealer #43362, 57283 #24138 $5.28 #223521 4" x 10' Leachbed Corrugated Pipe #24142 $4.97 Includes free 10-pack of duplex receptacles $30993 pack SPt=CIALVALUE! now $156 15-Amp/125-Volt GFCI s312 #142719 WaS Superbiue Hard Body 18 cu. in. Single Gang Old Work Box #201705 willamina schools. Jeff Biller is retired from the Federal Correc- tional Institution and is completing his second term on the Willamina school board. 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