The Astoria Sports Complex took another step forward Wednesday night.

The Astoria School Board, which at its last meeting approved handing the project over to Columbia Memorial Hospital to find a general contractor, on Wednesday unanimously approved a four-party agreement between it, the city of Astoria, CMH and Recology Western Oregon Inc. that defines the roles of each.

“If this is agreed to tonight, and the hospital agrees tomorrow (at its board meeting), then all four parties will have agreed,” said School Superintendent Craig Hoppes, adding that if all goes to plan, the district could start a public process on the complex’s design later this month or in early August. By that time, it could already have designs and prices in place as well.

Construction of the field, added Hoppes, could start in August, and the sports complex could be complete by March, if everything goes as planned.

In the agreement, the district hands John Warren Field and an adjacent bus barn over to CMH in exchange for a fully funded sports complex on the site of a former city dump at 1800 Williamsport Road. CMH pays for the construction of the sports complex. The Astor-East Urban Renewal District, whose board of directors is the Astoria City Council, gives a house and land adjacent to John Warren Field to CMH.

Hoppes said CMH, which holds its board meeting tonight, will be the last to approve the agreement.

A flurry of personnel changes, agreements

As of this month’s school board meeting, eight faculty and staff resigned, while four more retired.

The equivalent of more than 41/2 teachers resigned, while four more retired.

Hoppes said the activity isn’t unusual at the end of the year. The school board approved the hire of five new teachers, while the district recalled one from half to full time. Administrators will continue filling out their rosters through the summer.

Fells (his full name), who started in August as the district’s new transportation director, resigned to take another position. Beyond that, said Hoppes, he doesn’t know any more. Returning to the position transportation and maintenance director through June 30, 2015, is Ryan Hahn, who held it in 2011-12 before leaving for a position in Washington. He started back at Astoria July 1.

The school board approved the hire of Corina Watt as its occupational therapist, working in Astoria three days a week and in Warrenton a fourth, through June 30, 2014. It approved the hire of Tara Johnson as the district’s nurse for the same period of time.

For administrators, the board approved new contracts through June 30, 2015. During the 2013-14 academic year:

• AHS Principal Lynn Jackson will earn $97,321;

• AHS?Vice Principal Chad Madsen will earn $86,202;

• AMS Principal Ron Alley will earn $91,638;

• Linda Berger will earn $91,638 as AMS vice principal and director of special programs; and

• Travis Roe, principal at John Jacob Astor Elementary School, and Brian Ploghoft, principal at Lewis and Clark Elementary, will both earn $87,901.

All will take three unpaid holidays each of the two academic years, and their pay will go up 1.25 percent in the 2014-15 academic year, all in line wiht teachers of the district.

The board approved contracts with its confidential employees – a secretary to the superintendent and board, an accounts payable specialist, a payroll specialist and a support services assistant – through June 30, 2015.

Andrew’s Fund restarting

Andrew Nygaard, then a 15-year-old student of AHS, died suddenly at swim team practice in 1998. In memory of him, the nonprofit Andrew’s Fund was formed in 1999 to support sports at AMS?and AHS, focusing on his two favorite sports, swimming and track.

Blair Henningsgaard, Astoria’s city attorney and secretary for Andrew’s Fund, sent a letter to Hoppes asking the school board to consider the appointment of several directors for the fund, as per the nonprofit’s bylaws. The board approved the appointments of John Nygaard Jr., Andrew’s cousin, Melissa Svensen, his sister, AHS?Athletic Director Howard Rub, David Nygaard and Mayor Willis Van Dusen as directors of the fund.

As of Dec. 31, the fund’s assets totaled $21,400. The fund has been used to provide team uniforms and defray the cost for the state swim meet.

In other news:

• The board approved a policy requiring that all field trips or school-related activities that require students to stay overnight be approved by the building administrator and Hoppes or a designee. Hoppes must then notify the school board of such activities.

• Hoppes said he plans to honor former school board members Brad Pope and Laura Snyder at the September board meeting.


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