By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Alonzo Nalls resigned from the Brookings-Harbor School District board of directors at its meeting Sept. 12.

Board Chair Bruce Raleigh read a letter from Nalls, who was not present, stating he had to resign immediately for personal reasons, and the board voted to accept his resignation.

Applications to fill Nalls’ seat by appointment will be accepted by the superintendent’s office until 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The board agreed to look at the number of applicants Oct. 10 and then decide whether to hold a special meeting before the regular November meeting to appoint a board member or attempt to get more applicants and appoint the new member at the November meeting.

The board appointee will hold the position until June 30, 2019.

A board member will be elected in the May 2019 election for the remainder of the term, beginning July 1, 2019. The appointed board member may file for candidacy in the election.

Student reports

Student board representative Kaylee Cover reported the LINK Crew, consisting of upperclass students, had helped with freshmen orientation and will continue to help new students throughout the school year.

High school staff members Kristi Fulton and Kristy Kleespies advise the LINK Crew and help choose upperclass students to attend training over the summer to help new students transition into the high school.

Cover complimented the new band director, Corey Tomodong on the band’s playing alongside the Del Norte band for the first time in 11 years and for having the band wear marching uniforms for the first time in at least a decade.

She also introduced Kaylee Strain and Jon Kleespies who updated the board on the school’s World War II Memorial. The Oregon Historical Society asked to display the memorial for a period of time this summer and then extended its stay by two weeks because it was so popular.

Strain said the memorial was built by Kelly Garvin’s College US History class with help from the regular US History class and her state and local history class. The Oregon Historical Society is holding it in storage for the school until they can find it a permanent home near Brookings.

Strain reported the Interact Club, a youth club affiliated with Rotary International, will choose a charity for the year at its next meeting. She said Interact raises money for its chosen charity throughout the school year. Last year, the group raised money for suicide prevention.

Superintendent report

Superintendent Sean Gallagher said the district was increasing its level of cooperation with the Curry County Juvenile Department and would be placing a juvenile department officer in the middle school.

The Curry County Juvenile Department will now have a space at the middle school to serve the small number of K-12 students who are under formal probation or receiving other social services from the county, according to district Public Information Officer Nancy Raskauskas-Coons. The new program is still under development.

She said the new program would be similar to the Curry Community Health School-Based Health Center, located adjacent to the high school.

“Having such a resource on campus means less time lost from the school day when students have appointments,” she said. “The Juvenile Department staff also provides educational opportunities for students and parents throughout the year.”

This resource for the middle and high school, according to Gallagher, will be housed in the school as soon as a memorandum of understanding is reached with the Juvenile Department.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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