Student Success Act discussion Dec. 4

WEST SALEM — Six Oregon educators, including Central School District superintendent Jennifer Kubista, will host a panel discussion about the possible impact of Oregon’s 2019 Student Success Act.

The legislation was intended to deliver $1 billion to schools annually to elevate graduation rates, improve reading levels, improve attendance, enhance early-childhood education, and support programs such as career programs, and meals for low-income students.

Others on the panel include Scott Nine, assistant superintendent for the Office of Education Innovation and Improvement; Sara Mickelson, chief of staff for Early Learning Division; Darin Drill, superintendent of the Cascade School District; and Kraig Sproles, assistant superintendent of Salem Keizer School District.

The panel was organized by Chris Vogel, policy coordinator for the League of Women Voters of Oregon. It will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Roth’s Event Center, 1130 Wallace Road NW, West Salem, on the second floor of Roth’s Market, reached by the entrance at the rear of the store. Elevator is available.

This is the third in a series on education sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties.

The public is invited to this free event.

WOU approves aquarium science program

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees, during its Nov. 20 meeting, approved a new Bachelor of Science in Aquarium Science that encompasses a partnership with Oregon Coast Community College.

In the new academic program, WOU students will study three years in Monmouth followed by a final year at OCCC where they will take their aquarium science coursework and an experiential summer internship.

Of the dozen or so universities in the U.S. offering four-year degrees in zoo or wildlife sciences, only three have a degree that emphasizes aquarium science.

The next steps will be approval by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and notification to WOU’s accrediting body, the NWCCU.

If approved, the program would begin in fall 2020.

At the meeting, the board also:

Approved a new undergraduate certificate in professional writing, which will be offered at both the Monmouth campus and WOU:Salem

Approved a new graduate certificate in Interpreting Studies: Teaching Interpreting. The online program will meet the demand for advanced interpreting studies education to prepare educators in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide

Approved the establishment of a $5 million revolving line of credit

Adopted the Fiscal Year 2020 Proposed Adjusted Budget

Heard a summary of the economic impact study of Oregon’s Technical and Regional Universities. The four institutions account for more than 2,500 campus jobs and support a total of 7,500 jobs in Oregon. The combined value of all goods and services associated with TRU spending from operations, construction and visitor spending is more than $1 billion.

For additional information about the board meeting, visit

Accident leads to closure at Morrison

DALLAS — Morrison Campus Alternative School and the Dallas School District Office had to close early Friday morning due to two accidents involving contractors that happened within moments of each other.

The contractor was completing a planned internet wiring upgrade at 10 a.m. Friday when the worker stepped through the ceiling on the east end of the main hallway at the district office.

“This resulted in insulation and ceiling material becoming airborne and landing on the floor,” said interim superintendent Andy Bellando. “Additionally, we experienced nearly the same thing in room No. 2 of the Morrison Campus just moments later.”

Uncertain if the material contained asbestos, district staff decided to close the building and send all students and staff home at 11 a.m. Bellando said Friday afternoon that a facility hygienist cleaned up the material and took it for testing to determine if it contained asbestos.

Wood stove causes fire in Yamhill

YAMHILL COUNTY — At 5:07 Sunday morning, Sheridan/SW Polk/West Valley fire districts were dispatched to a reported large truck fire at 39800 SW Fort Hill Road in Yamhill County.

When arriving on scene, crews found a fifth-wheel with a large amount of fire involvement throughout the entire structure. There was also fire extension that traveled to a small shed nearby. The occupant of the fifth-wheel had escaped uninjured. Sheridan/SW Polk/West Valley Battalion Chief 140 arrived and assumed command and ordered extinguishment and nearby residential exposure protection operations. Mutual Aid move up ambulance coverage was requested and received from Dallas Fire & EMS. The fire was extinguished just after 7 a.m. with the use of three fire engines.

Sheridan/SW Polk/West Valley fire districts would like to thank our mutual aid partners for their rapid response and tremendous assistance.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a wood burning stove inside the RV. Please be aware as we head into the winter season to monitor wood burning stoves at all times and to not overburn in them.

Kicker percentage revised

SALEM — The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis adjusted the “kicker” for the 2018 tax year from more than $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion earlier this month. That means an increase in the amount returned to taxpayers.

The state hasn’t issued kicker checks since 2007. The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2019 state personal income tax returns filed in 2020.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2018 tax liability before any credits — line 22 on the 2018 Form OR-40 — by 17.171 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state will need to subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You’re eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2018 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don’t have a filing obligation for 2019, you still must file a 2019 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2019 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind, the state may use all or part of your refund, including the kicker, to pay any state debt, such as tax due for past years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

Jinett’s now located at Dallas Evangelical

DALLAS — The mission of Dallas resident Jinett Yeager, Jinett’s Clothing Closet, has merged with the Community Clothing Closet at the Dallas Evangelical Church.

Yeager started the clothing closet as a way to give back after her family received support from people across the country following a house fire that claimed the life of her daughter.

In 2006, she found her opportunity when she took over the Dallas Nazarene Church’s clothing closet, then called the “CASA Closet,” because it helped meet the needs of foster children in the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) program. Years later she expanded her mission to what was known as Jinett’s Free Clothing Closet.

Earlier this year, it combined forces with the Community Clothing Closet at the Evangelical Church, 783 SW Church St., Dallas.

What: Jinett’s Free Clothing Closet

Where: Community Clothing Closet at the Evangelical Church, 783 SW Church St., Dallas.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information or to donate, Pam Wright: 503-930-8082;

Dallas to display ‘Hometown Heroes’

DALLAS — Those wanting to honor Dallas residents who are former or current members of the military can now have banners placed on Main Street in downtown Dallas.

The Military Hometown Hero Banner Program allows applicants to purchase a 17-by-36-inch banner with the name, military branch and photo of the person to be honored. The banners will be displayed on the city’s street light posts from mid-May to mid-June each year for a minimum of two years or until the banner begin to show deterioriation. Banners will be placed in the 600 to 900 blocks of Main Street.

Each banner costs $100.

For more information or to find an application:

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