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 on: June 20, 2019, 04:12:51 PM 
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Quoting the attached letter from the TSCC dated June 4, 2019 - addressed to CSD and board chair Michelle Vo:

For a district of Corbett’s size, the General Fund’s over expenditures are an extreme and significant oversight. This is exacerbated by the district’s history of overspending its legal appropriations. Only once in the past several years has the district stayed within its legal appropriations. While the TSCC recognizes that there has been a high turnover rate among finance staff, the Board and Superintendent must prioritize the hiring and retention of professional financial management staff. This is essential for the sound management of the district.

* TSCC: This appointed body has Financial jurisdiction over all the budgets of Multnomah County elected governing bodies, so a letter from them saying they have reservations about CSD's illegal overspending and stated we exceeded our payroll/staffing allowances in 2017/18 by over $500,000 in one year seems like worth sitting up and taking seriously.

 on: June 20, 2019, 04:07:08 PM 
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The IC3 Group posted video of Rob Saxton's recommendations for CSD as well as his in depth look at our school district.

Rob Saxton suggested waiting until February of 2020 to vote to go to an all charter district and only with certain conditions.
You can hear this at 1:43:52 in this video:

Saxton also recommended CSD form a Committee (Visions and Values Committee) to help guide the goals for our school district.

He suggested this group be a broad representation of 20 people. Specifically to include: 3 school board members, 1 Superintendent, 2 community members with no students in school, 6 community parents with kids in school, 2 parents from out of district, 2 high school students. This can be heard at 1:36:30 in the video.

The attached graphic gives an overview of CSD's choices for those serving. The Vision and Values Committee members here:

 on: June 19, 2019, 01:42:21 PM 
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Sharing some information sent in via email:

Agenda for the board meeting is uploaded on CSD website .. Besides big ticket items like charter school application.. ( Did not pass ) .... check out these items of interest:
*District Policies up (again) for potential deletion:
13.1 **RESOLUTION NO. 6.196-19** -
RESOLVED** that the Board approve the first read for proposed deletion
* of the following policies:

a. Policy CA/CAA  - Administrative Goals and Objectives
b. Policy KC - Community Involvement in Decision Making

****Wasn't there strong pushback at a board meeting from the audience about deleting these? isn't this in opposition to Vision & Values or holding our Admin accountable?**

Links to these policies:

****2. Trani's Employment Contract:** **


Contract for Superintendent Action Item
**RESOLUTION NO. 6.200.19- RESOLVED** that the Board update  the  employment contract for Randy Trani with proposed wording provisions for the year July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.  Presenter: Michelle Vo - Board Chair📷 [CORBETT SUPTCON 1920.docx]
Link to board books:  

*Interesting items: Highlighted new verbiage:

**Item #9:** allowing him to work remotely in July and get 40 vacation days a year.

* Compared to OSBA's superintendent boilerplate - it should be 25 days a year.

* Are we giving more vacation than normal? We already pay higher than the state average also for this position and for the teachers. *

***Item #3: **SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES. The SUPERINTENDENT shall be the chief executive officer of the district. As such, the SUPERINTENDENT shall have the primary responsibility for execution of Board policy, whereas the Board shall retain the primary responsibility for formulating and adopting said policy. The parties agree, individually and collectively, not to interfere with nor usurp the primary responsibility of the other party. The members of the Board and the SUPERINTENDENT further agree to refer promptly all major criticisms, complaints and suggestions called to their attention to the SUPERINTENDENT if appropriate to the Board for study and recommendation by the SUPERINTENDENT. *

* It seems clear that one of the main duties of the school board is to set district policy, not Trani. It does not seem right that the superintendent and district clerk (Robyn) be the ones uploading recommended policies for deletion like the 2 above. This is board work and should be carried out by assigned board members (a sub committee?), not employees.

**Item #11 **outlines termination procedures. (Fascinating)  Here is TSPC's standards for Oregon Educators-- Randi's contract refers to it as the guide for a board initiating discipline and/or terminating Randi's contract:

*What's interesting here is the part regarding administrators demonstrating skill in: HUMAN RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 584-020-0030 (3) The competent administrator demonstrates:(a) Skill in helping students, staff, parents, and other patrons to learn about the school, the district and its program;(b) Skills in communicating district and school goals to staff and the public;(c) Willingness to be flexible in cooperatively working with others; and(d) Skill in reconciling conflict.Stat. Auth.: ORS 342 Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.143 & 342.175 - 342.190 Hist.: TS 5-1979, f. 12-19-79, ef. 1-1-80; TSPC 7-2007, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-07

 on: June 05, 2019, 09:50:17 AM 
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See the crime report below attached in blue.
If you have problems opening the crime log, Adobe Reader may not be installed on your computer.  
To download Adobe Reader go to:  and click "download".

Corbett Community Resource Officer- Deputy Joe Graziano
Email-       Cell: 503-849-1206, M-TH

Emergencies- 911

24-Hour Non-Emergency Dispatch - 503-823-3333

Corbett School Resource Officer- Deputy Rafael Cortada
 Email-        School: 503-261-4200/ 4226

Citizen Patrol Volunteer Coordinator- Deputy Joe Kaiser
 Email-      #503-849-5422 

 on: May 23, 2019, 10:19:56 AM 
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FOR KIDS…Balloons, rides on fire engines, Sparky the fire dog, etc.

FOR ADULTS…view old cars, rides on fire engines, sale of fire department items and bid on items in the silent auction.


1.   Weekend stay at a cabin on Mt. Hood.
2.   Cinnamon Rolls from Barb’s Cinnamon Rolls.
3.   7 day stay at a condo on Maui-July4-31-$1,400 value.
4.   Leaf blower from Moen’s.
5.   Bar B Que from Lowes. (Pit boss-pro series)
6.   Beer gift basket from Portland Brewing.
7.   Jacobs lamb Pelt, tanned in the Quaker tradition.
All proceeds fund the Ferd  Riehl scholarship
A great opportunity to meet your neighbors, observe your Fire Department, and enjoy some fire house cooking

Corbett Fire District 14 will soon welcome a new water tender! Check out the press release with all the details and they invite everyone to come to their Scholarship Breakfast on June 1st at the Corbett Fire Station to view and “kick the tires” of the new water tender.

All details here:

 on: May 21, 2019, 10:05:49 AM 
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Please check out the flyer for details on what you can bring to the Grange on June 1 from 2-5pm.  We'll also have a Master Recycler on hand to answer your questions!

 on: May 17, 2019, 10:23:12 AM 
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* An update from the Board meeting this past week shared to another group:

" After a thoughtful and direct discussion, the Board decided to hold off on taking a vote on the charter application last night. Agreeing they needed more time to evaluate the application, along with the process and practice in which they are making influential district decisions like this as the Board of Directors. There were good points made by all the Board members and Dr. Trani about the topic, and ultimately the Board chose to wait on this decision. They also agreed that the Vision and Values committee does have an important role to play in this conversation and the committee will develop their input in upcoming meetings. It sounds like , the Charter decision may be one that is made before the Vision and Values committee work is completed. However, that does not rule out the V & V committee as well as the community can give input and be part of the charter application process. Board members are aware and acknowledged that to vote on the charter application last night would be perpetuating a pattern of fast decisions that would further the divide with parts of the community. While I may not agree with all the reasons voiced last night of why this charter decision needs to be made soon, I do understand and can hear where they are coming from. Also, I really appreciate and respect the Board members for the discussion they had and choice they made to hold off on the decision last night for further review and consideration. I recognize for some people, this all may look and feel like "same as it ever was" , and I respect that perspective, too. I just wanted to share this update because positive acknowledgements - small or big - are important, in my humble opinion. Thanks for reading. " - Mikaila Way

 on: May 14, 2019, 05:37:41 PM 
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Tomorrow (Wednesday 5/15/19) at the Regular Corbett School Board Meeting in the MPB (7-9PM) there is a resolution to approve the charter application. (Making Corbett School District a Charter School District)


"Charter Application Action Item RESOLUTION NO. 5.186-19 - RESOLVED that the Corbett School Board, of Corbett School District, approve the Charter Application for the creation of a single-school district with charter status."


The IC3 Group posted video of Rob Saxton's recommendations for CSD as well as his in depth look at our school district. Rob Saxton suggested waiting until February of 2020 to vote to go to an all charter district and only with certain conditions. You can hear this at 1:43:52 in this video:

Saxton also recommended CSD form a Committee (Visions and Values Committee) to help guide the goals for our school district. He suggested this group be a broad representation of 20 people. Specifically to include: 3 school board members, 1 Superintendent, 2 community members with no students in school, 6 community parents with kids in school, 2 parents from out of district, 2 high school students. This can be heard at 1:36:30 in the video.

The attached graphic gives an overview of CSD's choices for those serving. The Vision and Values Committee members here:

 on: May 14, 2019, 09:48:07 AM 
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NEMCCA Safety Meeting Notes
May 1, 2019

MCSO:  Community Resource Officer position is remaining.  Thank you for all the positive support.

Oregon State Parks:  All the campgrounds are now open.  There will be two assistants starting this week, by June 10th all 38 positions will be filled.  During off-season the employee numbers are reduced to 10. 

Vista House will be changing open hours on May 17, 2019 to 9-6. 
Vista House sees approximately 3 million visitors a year now, with an estimated 200,000 of those using the restrooms.  The drainfield is unable to handle the usage, the Women's Forum upgrades are being looked as a way to keep the Vista House open. 
Please let people know that Oregon State Parks does not receive any of your: property tax dollars, general fund dollars, or tax payer dollars. 

There is some discussion regarding moving the shuttle bus from Rooster Rock to the gravel lot at Lewis & Clark State Park.  This is only at the "conversation" level right now, but would help reduce the impact being felt at Rooster Rock.
Benson Park may also assist with overflow parking, depending on ADA compatibility and access issues.  Right now there are 197 parking stalls at the Multnomah Falls inner lot and another 197 at Benson.

MCSO officer starts working with Parks on June 1, 2019.  Parks has been looking at contributing more towards the cost of the Deputy and has increased their payment to the Sheriff's office by $16,000, going from paying $22,000 to $38,000.  They are looking at ways to increase that even more in their 2020 budget.

Forest Service:  Sandy River Delta parking situation has gotten better since they've been hitting it heavier with enforcement.  There has been a lot of positive feedback from the horse people on parking, people are observing the larger signs and the trailers are able to park, not have smaller cars in the reserved stalls.

There is an on-going problem with dogs bolting from the parking lot, of those he has witnessed one has been found, three are still reported as missing.  One dog bolted passed the owners and other visitors trying to catch it and ran out onto the highway.  This is a public safety issue as the dog was running down the road with vehicles attempting to avoid hitting it.  The dog dashed off the side of the road before it could be caught. 

Multnomah Falls continues to be challenging with the closures.  Larch trail is officially closed from Benson Bridge to Wahkeena Leap.  There are other closures throughout the area (updated information can be found here: )  Mushroom and forest product harvesters are going in to the closed areas, a steady stream of citations are being issued.

ODOT:  Columbia Gorge Express shuttle service resumes this weekend (May 3). 
At the final Project Leadership Team meeting they approved the draft plan with a couple of small changes.   ( )

ODOT is currently looking at what projects to do in the Statewide 2021/2024 cycle.  Improvements between Multnomah Falls to Cascade Locks are on the table with possible add-ons.  An example would be Benson State Park and the work needed to be done to make it ADA compliant.  This would be a leveraged project, the estimated costs are $900,000.  The final plan is expected to be uploaded next month. 
There may be a short term modification on the length and width of vehicles due to the damaged via ducts.

Discussion regarding adding staff at Multnomah Falls to help with traffic flow are on-going.

Aerial flights of the Eagle Creek burned area looking for ponding or landslides does not show any new concerns from the last flight a few weeks ago.  They did see one calving of a cliff near Punchbowl Falls/Eagle Creek area, but that is in an area that remains closed. 

MultCo Roads: - Responded to questions -
 NEMCCA would like to know who to contact regarding getting Corbett Hill fixed.  The meeting with the District Commissioner on April 17 included Ian Cannon (Multnomah County Engineer and Transportation Division Director) and there appears to be a disconnect between what the maintenance crew knows that needs done, and what the upper management is aware needs done.  A meeting with Ian Cannon, James Turner, Kim Peoples and Jessica Berry could be organized by NEMCCA to get everyone in one location to get this resolved as the community has been promised for the last two years that the work would be done and it has not gone forward.  The road is now dangerous with traffic moving into on-coming lanes to avoid some of the worse conditions. 
Roads assured that communication has been flowing both directions on road conditions.  Following the April meeting crews will be on both Corbett Hill and Louden Road.
We have been told there is no money to do work in our area, what happened?
Cost overruns on other projects have impacted the budget. 
When can we expect Larch Mountain to be opened to the top?
Larch Mountain Road is expected to be opened in June, after the snow melts.  Any opening will be done in partnership with the Forest Service depending on trail closures.

District #4 Commissioner's Office:   There are three public meetings being held on the budget, the closest one to Corbett will be May 14th from 6-8 at the MultCo East building.  (600 NE 8th St, Gresham, OR 97030)  The Community Resource Officer has been included in the budget but the Code Enforcement Officer still needs support. 

East County issues forum  will be May 2 from 3-5.  This is a regularly held meeting on the first Thursday of the month.   ( )

The Commissioner's office is looking in to local improvement districts , this would not be a quick resolution but more in the long term.

Answers to the questions asked at the Commissioner's meeting in April are being researched and will be sent out as soon as they are completed.

Job Corp:  There has been a young cougar seen around the back of the complex.  If anyone sees it would they please let the Job Corp know as they would like to keep track of its movements.

Mt Hood Community College:  The Board is working on the budget.  Currently the State is focused on k-12, Community colleges have been told to stand down on funding.  While the State is considering a business tax for funding education, the colleges are looking at possibly raising tuition or cutting services, probably a combination.
The recent fund raiser brought in over $300,000 towards student scholarships.
The new President is doing a great job and the attitude on campus is very upbeat and positive.

Columbia Grange:
Plant sale May 11 from 9-1. 
Livestock workshop May 21 from 6:30 to 8pm
Sharing our Lives with Animals May 29, 2019 from 6:30 to 8pm

NEMCCA:  Dessert with a Deputy was well attended and a great balance between MCSO and public for getting to sit down and interact with each other. 
NEMCCA will be hosting a community meeting with Oregon State Parks to get out information and have questions answered on the proposed updates to the Women's Forum  (5/16/19 @ 6:30)
No Planning Commission meeting in May. 

 on: May 02, 2019, 02:23:42 PM 
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Expect delays during Corbett Hill Road paving repairs

Drivers should expect delays on Corbett Hill Road in the Columbia River Gorge during weekday work hours May 6 – 16 as Multnomah County Transportation completes asphalt repairs to sections of the road damaged during the winter.

Typical work hours are from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday each week. Crews will close one traffic lane at a time and flag traffic around the work zone. During non-work hours both lanes will be open. The road will always remain open.

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