Wednesday, August 7, 2013
On Aug. 2, Hood River County School District Supt. Dan Goldman announced that Saundra Buchanan will be recommended as the district’s next chief financial officer.
Buchanan will be formally presented to the Hood River County School Board on Aug. 14. The school district ended a comprehensive search for the replacement of longtime CFO Nick Hogan after he announced his resignation in June.
A representative committee led by Goldman with principals, classified and district administrative staff conducted a series of interviews and thorough reference checks and was ultimately impressed with Buchanan’s record of excellence in the stewardship of public resources and systems-wide leadership in public education.
Buchanan served as chief financial officer of Columbia Gorge Community College for 19 years, providing accounting, budget, risk management and financial leadership resulting in unqualified audit opinions during her tenure and a strong financial position as the Community College sought independent accreditation. She provided effective capital projects financial management in multiple capital improvements, acquisition and expansion projects.
Experienced in district debt administration, she worked with bond underwriters in 2012 to save district taxpayers of Hood River and Wasco County nearly a million dollars through a district bond refinancing over the remaining life of the bonds originally issued in 2005. Her financial administration of federal, state and local contracts provided effective financial management resulting in no audit findings.
Prior to joining CGCC, Buchanan was the manager of administration and finance with the Casey Eye Institute of Oregon Health and Science University. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Science in marketing from Arkansas State University.
Buchanan said she is honored to serve the students and constituents of the Hood River County School District and to ensure effective financial and operational leadership as a new member of the administrative team.
Hood River County School District Board of Directors’ next meeting will be Aug. 14.
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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