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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 28, 2015' t ,,, ,. in By AL STOVER Staff Reporter There will soon be a new addition to the Medical Lake Scl ool District, one that wears a deputy's uniform. The district will soon enter into a contract with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to provide a school resource officer to serve at Hallett Elementary, the middle school and the high school. Superintendent Tim Ames wanted to bring in a resource officer as other districts in Spokane County, such as Riverside, Deer Park and Cheney. Medi- cal Lake Mayor John Higgins approached Ames about the district getting a resource officer. The city of Medical Lake currently contracts with the Sheriff's Office for policing services. "Mayor Higgins' thought was the SRO will not only serve the schools but also be used as emergency dispatch and back up the deputies in the city," Ames said. "It will increase the law enforcement presence in the com- munity." Ames and staff will work on the details of the contract and present it to the school board for approval. He said the SRO will have an office at the high school and will make visits to the other buildings 1-2 times per week. Their duties include monitoring traffic and parking lots be- fore and after school, attending school events and investigating cyber "We want to teach our students and parents that the SRO is more than 'just a cop. We want t lem to understand that he is also their friend." Medical Lake Superintendeq "13m Ames bullying, harassment, drug or alcohol or other incidents tti happen cat the schools. "We've had a couple of incidents at the high school that could hj3,,e been prevented with an officer there, Ames said. "Staff and student would know there is a law enforcement presence in the building. We think this will be a benefit to all of the schools." Ames said the SRO will work to establish a relationship'~iith stu~lents to help them better understand law enforcement. The officer will also discuss bike safety, safe paths to school and truancy, as well as assist in emergency drills and be a resource for parents. "We want to teach our students and parents that the SRO is more than 'just a cop,'" Ames said. "We want them to understand that he is also their friend." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney School District honors hers and Community members, friends and family came to honor Cheney School District teachers, staff and retirees at the annual Employee Recognition Night, held May 13 at Cheney Middle School. Winners of the "You Raise Me Up Award" were Betz Elementary School teacher Erin Wil- liams, Cheney Middle School counselor Martha Meyers-Harris and Cheney High School teacher Jenna Tamura. Winners of the "Annette Grainer Team Collaboration Award" were the secretar- ies from all five elementary schools: Christine Buob (Betz), Jennifer Pohl (Salnave), Holly Rasmussen (Snowdon), Andrew Borck (Sunset) and Charmaine Gural (Windsor). Certificated retirees honored were Barbara Curtis, Don Eggart, Elain Giadone, Randy Hunt, Tamra Ireland, David Johnson, Kathleen Mayes, Co nnie McBride, Meridith Molter, Sandy Satre, Lisa Staub and Melvie Strampe. Classified retirees honored were Pauline Bat- tien, Val B0bincheck, Vicki Brook, Ralph "Bud" Ehrgott, Joe Flatt, Jan Holrnberg, Arlie Ireland, Rande Lindner, Robin Missel and Roger Morris. Administration retirees were Jim Missel and Cindy Miller. Thefollowing received years of service awards: Five years -- Brian Baxter, Matt Beal, Betsy Bet- telsen, Mike Cagle, Jack Chambers, Richard Gulling, Rebecca Hunt, Carly Jackson, Shaun Kelly, Tim Kennedy, Byron King, Cindy King, Cindy Leon- ard, Enoch Lybbert, Laura Roehl, Shannon Root, Catheleen Schlotter, Chrissy Scott, Allison Suarez, Dayle Terrile, Rebecca Webber, Lorie Zachow and Walter Zachow. Ten years -- Mari Lou Bailey, John Bein, Elaine Beniasch, Renee Collins, Helen Elam, Lynda Ford, Mike Gaines, Heidi Hoblin, Tif- fany Ittner, Mike Klungland, Lanette Mellott, Jason Ross, Roxie Smith, Tammy Steele and Cliff Tiedt. Fifteen years - Cindy Adalsteinsson, Sarah Crippen, Jeni Ferry, Joelle Gere, Tanya Gillard, Pam Gillingham, Jean Henderson, Lori Jenne, Jeanne March, Julie Martin, Matt McFarland, Jen Merante, Meridith Molter, Robin Mueller, Kristi Pring, James Scarcello, MartySexton, Allen Skoog, Diane Stevens, Sherry White and Stepha- nie Yamuszeski. Twenty years - Rebecca Albrecht, Wanda Alderson, Lynn Burns, Barbara Curtis, Kari Payne-Croy, Gayle Stickel, Tony Stoddard and Tauni Strewn. Twenty-five years - Linda Ableman, Kathy Conrath, Shari Cunningham, Patty Emerson, Darla Fitzpatrick, Tinna Hickman, David John- Contributed photo Lynette Hegel Cheney elementary school secretaries Holly Rasmus- sen (Snowdon), Andrew Borck (Sunset), Christine Buob (Betz), Jennifer Pohl (Salnave) and Charmaine Gural (Windsor) received the school district's "Annette Grainer Team Collaboration Award" during the annual Employee Recognition Night May 13. son, Lorie Mancinelli-Wilson, Aaron Mason, Kathy Mayes, Cindy Miller, Gayle Russell and Tom Stralser. Thirty years - Don Eggart and Melvie Strampe. stern' PUB renovation project moves By PAUL DELANEY S taff Reporter The long-awaited remodeling proj- ect for Eastern Washington University's Pence Union Building student center is moving forward according to a report presented May 14 to the school's board of trustees. "We are on task and on our fimeline," Mary Voves, vice president for business and finance at EWU, told the trustees. The remodel of the building construct- ed in 1971, estimated to cost $30 million, moved into the current phase following a conference call between the trustees prior to Eastern's appearance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March. The telephone conference took the place of the regularly scheduled BOT meeting and moved the project into the next phase by approving new student fees and authorizing the search for an architectural firm. "Next spring our goal is to break ground," Voves said. EWU students narrowly approved increasing their yearly student fees in a February vote by a margin of 1,052-983 .51.2 percent. The vote authorized approximately a $65 per quarter fee starting in 2015 for current students who will not necessar- Graphic Contributed by EWU A rendering of what the Pence Union Building will look like once renovations are finished. ily see the benefits of the new building and increase to $95 per quarter starting in 2018 for those who will. A great deal of the behind-the- scenes work has already been com- pleted, Voves said. "The PUB will remain open for the entire time of construction but we will be moving some things in and out of the PUB as we move through the phases of reconstruction," Voves said. Some dining services, for instance, will more into Tawanka Hall. Trustee Frank Navarro asked Voves how the process was going with those tasked in uprooting their operation and having to move. "We have a pretty experienced staff at doing that after having undergone a great deal of remodeling of buildings such at Patterson and Hargraves," Voves said. And having space in EWU's former dining facility at Tawanka should ac- commodate many of the needs of the PUB renovatign, Voves added. into next phase The subject of naming rights came up in a question from trustee Paul Tanaka. There has been a conversation about that and there is a possible donor in the wings, Voves said. The PUB had a major addition constructed in 1995. The building was named for Omer O. Pence, an EWSC grad and faculty member. The policy for naming university buildings rests with a committee, Voves said. The most recent involvement of that group came with the renaming of the former Woodward Field to Roos Field after the donation of $500,000 for the installation of the red artificial turf. Trustee Jim Murphy' chimed in to ask Tanaka if he was interested in being the building's new namesake. Tanaka said he'd sponsor a brick. The new fees that will pay for the building swirled in some controversy but with the help of students a compro- mise was reached. ASEWU's outgoing president D.J. Jigre clarified the process. The Student Activities fund contributed $2 million to the process, which allowed the reduc- tion of fees to current students to $65. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Congratulatzons Medical Lake High School Freshman, Molly Rosenbeck Academic Student of the Week Medica! Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for ,ha,de, each month at 6:30 pm SCHOLARS" at Medical Lake A P~~r~ ~ s~o~,~p arr,~* City Hall Chambers www.medicallake.dollarsforscholars.org Email: medicallakedfs@yahoo.com Specialty Asphalt honors Cheney High School Freshman, Anna Arensmeyer Academic Student of the Week SPECIALTY ASPHALT & CONSTRUCTION LLC 509-235-2222 FAX 509-235-6232 16715 S. Cheney/Spokane Road Cheney, WA 99004 SPECIACO33LQ