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Wednesda July 27,1994, The Sun 3 By George Robertson ~tor, The Sun Despite the scorching 100-degree heat, Don Yates looked relatively Cool last week in a t-shirt, shorts and Sandals. . Pointing to a battered Whirlpool aV-conditioner stuck in a window in his office at Willamina High School, he joked about how he hoped to stay close to its cooling breeze for the day. Yates will need to keep his cool as he begins the task of juggling three jobs as acting Willamina school district superintendent, high school Principal and vice principal. lie started last week in his new aCting superintendent's job by inter- viewing candidates for two high School teaching jobs. In between, he found time for a one-hour interview With The Sun. Question: Has any formal agreement been signed between You and the school board? That meeting has been postponed until Aug. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library. It was delayed because Debra Jones, administrative secretary, came down with chicken- pOX. What goals do you have in mind for the district for the next year? First, the ongoing goal to develop a plan for the Certificate of Initial Mastery that sophomores will be required to obtain under the 21st Century Schools bill. The plan must be approved by the board and sub- mitted to the state by January. A citizen's committee has been reactivated after a one-year hiatus to accomplish this goal. This commit- tee needs to make sure the curricu- lum from kindergarten through high school will help students obtain the certificate, he said. !RESERVATION HOTLINE 8//3-3337 Second, the high school is starting a block schedule in September. This councils---composed of teachers, staff, students and parents--to take a bigger role during the next year. The high school's site council was formed two years ago but the other three schools have just recently appointed their council members. The intent of the site councils, Yates said, is to provide ideas to the school board and get parents and staff more involved. The council meetings are open to the public, Yates said, and will be publicized in the future. Fifth, another goal for Yates is to turn the public's attention away from recent controversies involving former superintendent Larry Audet. He said this will be accomplished by concentrating on the other goals. In addition to switching to a block schedule, the high school will see another big change in September, Willamina will join the 3A sports league which includes teams like Yamhill-Carlton and Waldport. Joining the new league will mean a slightly higher cost in transporta- tion costs to bus teams to away games, Yates said. He hopes Willamina will still be able to play Sheridan in football even though the cross-town matchup Don Yates Sheridan in league games. The Spartans will remain in the 2A league because Sheridan's high school enrollment hasn't climbed enough yet to qualify for 3A. The interview ended with a story Yates told about the day he was interviewed for the vice principal's job at Willamina High School where he had been working as a social studies teacher. He recalled that the weather was about as hot and the job interview was held in the high school library I Sheridan girl designs new t-shirt County fair t-shirts--with the theme "Polk County Love-A-Fair"-- will be available soon. Carly Rich of Sheridan is this year's design win- ner. She worked with Earl Edmonds of Edmonds Screen Printing to refine a design that reflects the feeling folks have for the fun, farm- ing-centered Polk County Fair. Rich will receive a cash award from the Polk County Leaders' Association for her work. Dill on Dean's List Shannon Dill, a 1993 graduate of Sheridan High School has been named to the Dean's List at North- west College of the Assemblies of God in Kirkland, Wash. She has a grade point average of 3.9. Dill is the daughter of Larry and Linda Dill. She is majoring in elementary education with a minor in music. Her goal is to become a full-time missionary, possibly in Mexico. parate working" contract as acting superintendent, he said. "We will ~ork out something eventually." How many hours a week do You plan to spend as acting super- i~tendent? ,, About 8 to 10 in an average week. There may be times I will be out of the office an entire day to attend rneetings as superintendent." There has been no formal discus- means that students will be taking isn't on this coming year's sched- where the temperature by 3 p.m. Si0n yet with the board or adminis- fewer classes but they,will meet for ule. "Maybe next year we can have probably topped 100 degrees. I ~tive team about his new duties as two periods each day. It wmf-6cug a non-league game with Sheridan." "I got the job...they knew I could i aCting superintendent, learning in a more concentrated Yates said he will miss playing sweat," he laughed. It's unclear whether he will sign a fashion," Yates said. Third, the district needs to begin working on a bond measure to finance roof repairs. "All our school buildings leak," including the 10- year-old middle/grade school. Will your working arrangement be clarified at tonight's meeting? The board has obtained prelimi- nary estimates for the repair work, Yates noted. He agreed that it would be a good idea to involve a citizen's committee to develop a bond for voter approval. Fourth, he wants the building site The Yamhill County Fair will be .bigger and better than ever, accord- to Gary Willhite, the fair's new COOrdinator. The fair will mn Aug. 11-14 and feature several shows and other entertainment. The slogan for this year's fair will "Join us at Yamhili County's fair ever." to make it the best fair ever be a PRCA Rodeo the evenings of Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 and a demolition derby Aug. 14. Willhite said the fair will also feature a large carnival, an open horse show, an exotic petting zoo with 45 animals, "Merlin's magic circus," a heritage center featuring exhibits from the Oregon Trail, 4-H exhibits, FFA exhibits, craft booths and live musical entertainment. The music will range from old- time fiddlers to several Latin bands. The Polk County Fair will have a of new additions as it opens I1. fair, which will run through 14 in Rickreall, will feature a County Store and will honor of the county's citizens in a called the "Pride of The store will be decorated like Old-West general store and will products made in Polk industries. The fair will also feature a rodeo at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and Aug. 14. Live musical entertainment will be provided by a brass band and a bluegrass family band along with old-time fiddlers. For the dashing infants there will be a beautiful baby contest again this yea(.. Several categories and two age divisions will allow several youngsters to receive awards. "Pride of Polk" ceremony honor Polk County citizens that made contributions to local Prizes and awards will also be handed out to candidates at the "Our Fair Lady," contest. FAMILIES NEEDED! Expose your family to another culture. Well screened girls and boys, ages 15 to 18 years old, from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, CIS (formerly the Soviet Union), and England need families willing to host them for the coming school year. your family and make a lifelong friend of a young, overseas Call now to qualify and select your own exchange student parents may apply): Local Area Rep. - Ann Koch at 503/538-7906 Michelle at 1-800-733-2773 (Toll Free) Owlrl Spending Money! 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