Friday, August 29, 2003
The 2003-04 Hood River County School District starts classes Sept. 2, with a new superintendent and new paint, paving and other improvements throughout its facilities. A new paint job at Hood River Valley High School, done this week, is among the more prominent upgrades in the district.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, but it’s always exciting,” said Dr. Pat Evenson-Brady Friday of the prospect of opening school doors again Tuesday. Evenson-Brady, a former assistant superintendent with Hood River, took the helm July 1.
She said the district will see big enrollment increases at Wy’east Middle School, with an additional 50 students, in the Hood River Middle School sixth grade, and at Westside Elementary. (All parents of new kindergarten, first and third grade students are asked to enroll at May Street Elementary for the time being.)
The district won’t have overall enrollment figures until later next week, but “if everyone who shows up does so we could have a big increase,” Evenson-Brady said.
She quipped, “There are a lot of new faces, myself among them.” (Turn to page A6 for photos of the district’s new teachers.)
On the 2003-04 budget, Evenson-Brady said that if the just-passed state education budget of $5.205 billion holds firm, the district will avoid making more cuts this year.
She said it is a virtual certainty that the district will need to seek a local tax option to help fund the 2004-05 school year, a course of action she is still researching and discussing with Hood River County officials and other community leaders.
School starts Sept. 2 for all elementary students, sixth graders, and all Cascade Locks students.
HRVHS freshmen start school on Sept. 3; HRVHS students in grades 10-12 start school Sept. 4. Call your individual school for further details.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge