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punishes for in By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun A former Sheridan School District employee recently received a public reprimand and was placed on probation for four years by the Teacher Standard and Practices Commission for engaging in sexual activity with a colleague on school grounds last spring. According to a report from TSPC issued on Nov. 7, Paula Van Beurden was the lead teacher in the 21 st Century grant-funded after school program at the time of the May 5 incident. Faulconer-Chapman School was hosting an open house that evening and Van Beurden was helping to set up for the event. She went to a storage area in the old gym- nasium to retrieve supplies where she sent a text message to an unlicensed male staffmem- ber hired to help with the after school program. Van Beurden asked him to meet her to help re- trieve the needed items. "When the male staffmember arrived, he and Van Beurden engaged in sexual activity in the storage area of the old gym," the report states. In the meantime, Van Beurden's husband ar- rived at the school unannounced. He asked where he could find his wife and was directed to the old gym. When he arrived he found his wife and her colleague engaged in sexual activity. After threateni'-g the two, Van Beurden's husband returned to the school building where he announced to the assembled students, staff and parents what he had discovered. He cre- ated enough of a commotion that law enforce- ment was called to the school. The TSPC found Van Beurden's conduct to be a gross neglect of duty citing lack of profes- sional judgment, using employment time or school resources for private pmtx~es and failure to main- tam the dignity of the profession by respecting and obeying the law and exemplifying personal integrity and honesty. Her actions also led to a significant disturbance on school grounds. The school district was swift to act. In order to avoid an interpretation of favoritism or cov- ering up, a private investigator was hired. "The investigator did a fantastic job," said Superintendent A. J. Grauer. The incident oc- curred on a Thursday and by Monday both of the people involved were no longer employed by the district. One of the two employees resigned imme- diately, the other was fired. Van Beurden, whose license to teach is valid until Jan. 15, 2012, can continue to teach pro- vided she follows the conditions laid out by the Commission during her four-year proba- tionary period, "This was the first such incident by Van Beurden, and there was no evidence to suggest that this was a pattern of similar conduct by Van Beurden on school ground oI~during school tune," the TSPC report concluded. Only the name of the licensed staffwas men- tioned in the TSPC report. Grauer said the name of the other staff member was not public infor- mation. Wednesday, November 30, 2011, The Sun 3 water rates By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun Vacant units are causing a hard- ship for property owners that must pay utility bills for rentals that re- main empty, Brad Savage told the Wlllamina City Council on Nov. 10. "It's a big hardship for us to pay for four units when we only use one," Savage said. Savage and his wife Janelle Justen own four rental units in Wd- lamina. Three of the units are on one master meter. The city bills them a basic rate of $75 per unit whether or not the rentals are in use, Savage said. With the sluggish economy, the rentals are remaining vacant for longer periods of time. Savage said that two of the units have been va- cant for more than two months and a third unit will be vacated soon. Installing separate water meters, at $2,000 each, for units that rent for $580 per month is not economi- cally feasible. Savage asked the council to look into possible soh- tions to the problem. One option is for the city to look into developing a rate structure for long-term vacancies. The city will have to consider the economic im- pact any decision will have on the budget. If it develops a new rate structure for vacant triplexes, it will have to make that available to all apartment complexes including the large ones. With vacancy rates running 50 percent in some apartment com- plexes-higher than normal--a change in the rate structure could have a significant impact, the coun- cil was told. The council directed city staffto look at the issue and make a rec- ommendation. BaEWS I ADE THE WAY YOU LIKE 'EM Randy Long brews a mixed chai drink as his wife, Janine works in the back, on their first day at Main Street Brow. "The coffee shop opened on Tuesday in the lobby of Crossroads Worship Center in Willamina, where Long works as the pastor. He's also a city councilor. Main Street Brew will celebrate with a Grand Opening during its regular Friday and Saturday hours this week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shop, which features free Wi-Fi, an HDTV, a couch and about a half dozen small tables, will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All of the coffees are from a single grower, Long noted. And all of the syrups are organic, which means no preservatives. This weekend, the barisstas will offer customers a lesson about pour overs---considerod the purest form of brewing coffee _. ground and brewed to order. Photo by Clinton Vinlng Commissioner disputes land-use procedure Continued from PAGE 1 The city planner referred a re- quest to the planning commission, an action Millegan has declared to be a violation of the city code. It was an unusual situation, ex- pla'med City Recorder Sue Hollis. The request not only involved a coffee shop inside a church, it in- volved one of the city councilors. To avoid any appearance of favor- itism, the city planner recom- mended that the matter be taken before the planning commission. Millegan disagreed with the decision. The city code allowed for outright use of the building since it was within a city commercial zone and did not exceed 25 per- cent of the total square footage of the structure, he argued. "The request I felt should have been handled administratively, which would have been quicker and more cost effective," Millegan said in a letter to the city councilors. Millegan insisted the city coun- cil take action on his le~(er, dated Nov. 9, at the Nov. 10 meeting. The mayor chose not to put it on the November agenda. Not content to let the matter ride, Millegan pushed on. He insisted that the city council request an opinion from the city attorney as to what is appropriate to bring be- fore the planning commission and what should be approved by staff. Before the end of the meeting Mosser directed staff to contact the city attorney and present the city's side of the situation. At the November meeting the city council appointed Patty Brooks Other members of the planning to fill a vacancy on the planning commission include Loyal commission. It also reappointed Hamilton, Gary Hill and James James Vaccarezza, Dennis Ulrich Millegan. A majority of the com- and James Brown to new four-year missioners were present at the city terms, council meeting. YAMHILL PREMIER $ 428 E. Third Historic 901town McMinnvllle Holiday Hours: Mon,-Thurs, 10 am - 5 pm Friday, 9 am - 7 pm Sat., t0 am * 5 pm Sunday, Noon - 5 pm Dec. 19- 23, 9am - 7pm Dec. 24, 9 arn - 5 pm 503-472-6812 www, i~](i;! 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