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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde VOLUME 94, NO. 41 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY By George Robertson Elitor, The Sun The Willamina fire board is cor- ting discipline problems and wants the city council, especially Francis Eddy, to stop criticizing them. The board also wants to make it clear that the suspension of four f~men since Summer Jam '94 has not reduced significantly the num- ber of volunteers who respond in emergencies. Those points came out during a one-hour interview last week with Vern Mosser, fire board chairman, and Bill Feiton, vice chairman. "To give people the impression there is no coverage is almost crimi- nal," Mosser complained. "We will not crucify anyone but we will not be crucified either," Mosser added. Mosser made it clear the fire board has no intention to lift the suspension of four firemen as requested in a letter signed Aug. 17 by Mayor Twila Hill. "They will not be lifted," he said emphatically. Felton said one of the firemen, Mike Kissell, has already served his suspension after admitting he violated the rules and is now back on duty. Mosser explained that two others, Doug Eddy and Chris Voigt, are now serving their suspensions but that should have no impact on daytime response since both are unavailable during the day. The board has indicated that Fire Chief Bob Eddy will serve his suspension after fire season ends. Mosser said discipline problems involve a small percentage of the 60 people who serve on the fire depart- ment and ambulance crews. He admitted there have been a rash of resignations--about 10---since July when firefighters were accused of drinking alcohol while on duty and using foul language on emergency radios during Summer Jam. "We realize there are problems that need to be corrected but our biggest problem right now is outside interference," Mosser said. "It's total harassment," Felton added. Members of the fire board plan to deliver their message in person at Thursday's city council meeting, Felton said. Commenting on complaints that the fire board did not hold any hearings before disciplinary actions were taken, Felton said the proce- dures established by the fire depart- ment require hearings only to appeal disciplinary actions. Threats of a lawsuit by one of the firemen caused the board to drop any thoughts of holding hearings, Felton added. Since Summer Jmn, the fire board has been working with the state fire marshal, OSHA consultants and the Special Districts offices to correct See RESPONSE, Page 2 canq mission rin Phil Hodgen The Sun Some Sheridan High School stu- aren't taking classes during daytime anymore. Because of schedules or family situ- ~on, they're enrolled in evening lasses. The game has changed," says g Prough, principal of Sheridan igh School. "We have finally rec- ognized that it is difficult for a to meet the individual needs every student within it's tradi- structure." and counselor Gary Mahe m the first full year of what they termed extended-day school. A form of alternative school- the program offers students the to acquire a diploma at own pace and in their own munity. The program addresses the needs students, those who are in credits or have family which prohibit traditional is to zero in on the of appropriate or unique need kids have and meet their style," says Prough. Some are more secure in a work where they just do the work take the tests. school began late year. Originally, two teachers the 6 to 9 p.m. schedule. Naglak assumed responsi- for this school year. contract with the school district in establishing goals and schedules. Prough and Mahc have registered more than 20 young peo- ple from freshman age "to 21 who have adapted the night school to their needs. Some are only a few credits short of graduating and had previously left the school system. Others participate in both the day and night programs. "Some are transfers who never took the required classes or took it somewhere else and did not pass it," explains Mahe. "Often they are good students who, for many ma- sons, have just got behind." In some cases, the students are on their own and have to accommodate a work schedule. One, a night secur- ity guard, is able to do the work between rounds but is not available for day or night classroom instruc- tion. Prough, who conducts the initial contact with interested students, is excited about this customized form of education. "It's not seat time that is import- ant anymore, it's what they do." Attendance becomes important only if it becomes a problem. The focus is on one or two classes so that the students don't get lost in a juggling act. Students must check in at least once per week. Prough has been impressed with former students who have tested the new format. "The unstructured environment and personal attention they receive has turned these kids around. They really appreciate the opportunity to work one-on-one." Mahe personalizes every contract to adjust to each student's needs. To track their progress, goals and achievement am evaluated every five weeks. Parents of those under 18 am advised as needed. "My job is to reinforce the impor- tance of that diploma," says Mahe. "A GED certificate recognizes 9th grade level skills and may prove to be an acceptable alternative. But, it is incumbent upon us to direct them towards the diploma while their fire for it is hot, so to speak." Seniors, on target to graduate, am offered a compact day structure. These students aren't forced into elective classes they don't want. "It's nice to give them a reward instead of having to negatively rein- force their need for education," says Prough. Additional state revenues flow into the school district through the extended-day program and there are other benefits for the community and the students, Prough said. "These kids aren't lost to alterna- tive schools in Salem or McMinn- ville. Additionally, the staff does not feel they have lost these kids. The staff retains a feeling of ownership whether they am here at night or for part of the day." Prough praises the rest of his immediate team as well. Teacher Patricia Naglak helps student in Sheridan High School extended-day class.--Photo by Phil Hodgen. "I can't say enough good things about what Gary has done. He and Pat Naglak have really hung in there. Without the bonding of the staff through Gary to her, we would have a real rough time. "Unfortunately, many students am not motivated until it is too late," Prough explains. "Our fund- ing and state guidelines allow us to take students through their 21st year." Prough wants to attract more 19 and 20-year-olds who have classes remaining to get their diploma. Currently, only one-third of extended-day students are in the 19-21 age range. Another third am enrolled con- currently in both day and night offerings. Surprisingly, the other third consists of students who have started with the evening program and worked their way back to day- time classes. Mahe says it is still too early to determine any results. He admits that some of last year's students have not returned and some did not get enough credit in time to graduate. He and Prough both enter- tain the idea of surveying former students as part of the followup. "We know we are not going to save every kid," says Prough. The four candidates for two seats on the Yamhill County Board of Commissionerswill speak at noon Thursday at the the Green Frog in Sheridan. All four candidates should be at the forum, according to West Valley Chamber of Commerce officials who am sponsoring the forum. Robert Johnstone of McMinnville is running against incumbent Ted Lopuszynski of McMinnville for Position No. 1. Thomas Bunn of Dayton is running against Wesley Caspers of McMinnville for posi- tion No. 3 that is being vacated by Debi Owens. The public is welcome. For reser- vations call 843-2992. If you miss Thursday's forum you still have chance to hear the candi- dates speak. The four county candidates plus four state representative candidates will take questions from the audi- ence "I esday at 7 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center, room 203. State representative candidates at the forum will be Leslie Lewis, Marilyn Dell, Hank Vrendenhurg and Patty Milne. The topic of the forum will be Yamhill County growth and livabil- ity. Candidates will be given two minutes to introduce themselves and give their views on the topic. Then the candidates will field questions from the audience and rebuttal time will be given to the other candi- dates. The forum is being sponsored by the Yamhill County Friends of the Land. is challengin LY Phil Hodgen ial Writer, The Sun and instructors have dis- that it takes a different kind to make the extended- program work at Sheridan High .year instructor Patricia is experiencing a new way of along with her students. Part-time music and physical teacher at the elementary Yamhill, Naglak admits that Program is still being defined. year they just gave tests. I'm to incorporate texts and to enhance the learning such a diverse group of is a challenge. "I have to where each student is and approximately when tre going to get there. Each has pace and you never know when they are going to come in," Naglak explains. Students seem to like the setup. Bobby Davis and Shawn Dobbins are among those who attend four days per week. "Last year I was in a whole lot of trouble," says Davis. "This summer I learned how to handle my anger problem and now I go to regular school half days and come back in the evening. In night school there is no pressure or dis, traction like before." Davis plans to stay in the program until the end of the semester. "After that I'!1 go all day if I can handle it. If not, I'll stick with this program." While Davis works on a com- puter, Naglak assists Dobbins with his math. Dobbins learned about the program through an ex-girlfriend. Dobbins is looking for full-time work and plans to get his diploma in DRUGS When you get prescriptions through the mail, you only save an average of two cents per prescription per day. Plus, you have to pay extra just to get them sent to you. We. on the other hand, offer you the personal and professional service you want. And should you ever have a question or concern, you know where you can find us. 212 NE Main SL Phone 876-2112 Pharmacy 876-8652 Monday-Saturday 9-6 the next couple of years. "It's a problem at times to figure out what they have taken and what they still need," says Naglak. Keep- ing nearly 30 files feathered on her desk in preparation for whoever shows up next, she understands that this evening she will be skipping from one subject to another as the students come and go. "I have to be a generalist in my knowledge and a specialist for each student," she says. Naglak finds most students very serious about their education. "Word of mouth will bring in kids who have not been processed and I've even found some of them showing up for class when I'm on my way out at 9 p.m.," she is pleased to note. Naglak regrets that her students cannot attend films, lectures and activities available to day students. "I know many of these kids have had trouble getting along with other students and authorities. I don't want to see them use this program as an excuse to miss the social interaction skills they will need to have the rest of their lives." Naglak has not had a problem yet with too many students at once. The schedule is structured for staggered attendance. "Sometimes a group of three or four will show up and they will have trouble waiting their turn. Generally they am patient and very polite," she says. Naglak anticipates that the pro- gram will eventually include elec- tives, but the major thrust will be assisting interested students to get a diploma. "What'S important is sup- porting them in any way they learn." III I c Say yes, yes, yes and save a , ~ 6I / * , , 1-zY__Yon your auto Insurance. ~ .~f Do you have a clean driving record for the last 5 years? / Have all the drivers in your household been licensed for ................. ~ ~ at least 3 years? Haveyo bee. insured.y the same insuraocecompany for the past 3 years? If you can answer yeas to all three questions and you insure both your home and your car with Allstate, you could save 20% on a large portion of your auto insurance. 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While some residents claim to have encountered gang-like groups of young people, WiUamina High School principal Don Yates has yet to identify any. "The first few days of school we became aware of a handful of stu- dents who appeared to be wearing gang colors and garb," Yates recalls. "But, our face-to-face conversations with them convinced us these kids were not in any way gang affili- ated." The town meeting organizers and school officials are contemplating the establishment of a peer court wherein those involved in suspected criminal activity are judged by an unofficial court of their peers. "The idea is to deter the nurturing of any criminal activity that might be imported by people moving here from Portland, Salem or Califor- nia," explained Glass. First Federal z Savings and Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: NEW SHERIDAN FLEA MARKET sponsored by Rebekah Lodge starts Oct. 13 & 14 at Sheridan Rebekah Hall, 143 SW Monroe. Open 2nd Thursday and Friday each month 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rolls and coffee available. For information call 843-3784. YAMHILL COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES will be the speak- ers at the West Valley Chamber of Commerce Forum. Noon Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Green Frog. Please call 843-2992 for reservations. The public is welcome. RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: 2-6 p.m., Oct. 19, Wiliamina VFW Hall. 39TH ANNUAL BALLSTON COMMUNITY TURKEY DINNER: Sunday, Oct. 30, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ballston Community Hall.