Seaside - The Seaside School Board adopted a resolution to take a stand against meth abuse at a meeting Monday evening.

The five school board members present voted unanimously to approval the resolution "against the use of methamphetamines" and the resulting effects on communities. A similar resolution has already been approved by the Jewell School District. The unanimous approval came with little to no discussion.

Board Vice-chairman Steve Phillips was absent. Duane Johnson, eight times the board's chairman, had recently resigned.

Board Chairman Larry Peterson announced Johnson's resignation at the meeting, stating he regretted the school board veteran's decision to leave. He said a committee comprised of himself, Phillips and senior board member Lynn Ulbricht will bring a recommendation to the board of who to appoint to fill Johnson's spot.

The board also heard reports from school administrators.

Superintendent Doug Dougherty said district enrollment is down by about 60 students since last year. He said the largest classes are at the high school, signaling the tail end of "the baby boom echo."

"Enrollment is down, just like it has been continuing to go down for some time," Dougherty said, noting that enrollment numbers may increase slightly by October.

Seaside High School is on a new schedule this year. Principal Don Wickersham said while some students say the days feel shorter with a large chunk of study-hall time eliminated, juniors and seniors who didn't attend the sessions are feeling a much longer school day.

In other business, the board heard that schools are benefiting from expanded participation in the federally funded Breakfast in the Classroom program, which now offers breakfast to all students, not just those in low-income families.

And Broadway Middle School is spearheading district efforts to support the Oregon Department of Education's "Operation Backpack." The department's donation drive, a partnership with the Oregon National Guard, aims to help student and teacher victims of Hurricane Katrina by collecting backpacks and school supplies. The supplies collected will be sent to schools in Oklahoma and Mississippi, Principal Sheila Roley said.


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