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Page A-28 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 27,2014 School: Funding[ lays a role in crowaiJ00g continued from page A-1 "That's called a hostile work en- vironment," another staff member added. The staffs ire with the board arose after board President Brenda Hirschi said if the district budget had been done properly a year ago, the board would not be in the position it is in now. That position involves several fac- tors -- the most pressing deals with crowded preschool classes. Earlier in the meeting, while sum- marizing recent board discussions on a possible district reconfiguration of classrooms and students, Hirschi said the state requires that all preschool students who are enrolled in pub- lic schools be taken in, regardless of classroom space. The early learning center near Olympic Middle School and Oakland Bay Junior High School is full, she said. "That capacity has exploded," Hirs- chi said. "We do not have the option of saying 'no' to those children." A decision regarding the crowding issues at the early learning center has to be made soon, board Vice President Jim Carnahan said, because the dis- trict was considering buying a por- table. "We don't have money to buy a por- table, much less a tent," Carnahan said while requesting another option. He then made a motion to direct Superintendent Wayne Massie to find a suitable space for the pre- school students without buying a portable. Hirschi seconded the motion and the board decided to discuss it before approval. "If he comes back and says there's nowhere else to put them, we have to accept that, too," board member Gene Crater said. "With rationale and dollars," Hirs- chi added. "No plan comes in without dollars." Carnahan said the money isn't there because of two major mainte- nance concerns. The Oakland Bay Junior High School roof needs to be either fixed or replaced because it is leaking in several places, crumbling in others and possibly growing black mold. The other concern is where money will come from to repair the high school pool. Hirchi's comment about the im- properly prepared budget came after Massie questioned where manage- ment rights come into play. His ques- tion came from the fact that the dis- trict appeared close to putting in the order for a portable and then the di- rection to find other space for the stu- dents came unexpectedly. Crater addressed the remaining audience after more than half a dozen staff members left the meeting. "We are in a crunch here and have to realize everything needs to be tak- en into account," Crater said. "There is a management right. What we said to Wayne was, 'Go see.'" Carnahan stated that buying the portable might mean having no money to take care of the Oakland Bay Junior High School roof. The board then unanimously apt proved the motion directing Massie to look for space for the preschool stu- dents. A study session with a public com- ment period has been scheduled for 4 p.m. March 18 in the board room at CHOICE Alternative School. "We are in a crunch here and have to realize everything needs to be taken into account." Gene Crater, Shelton School Board member Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Deputies with the Mason County Sheriff's Office gather near the scene of an officer involved shooting Thursday in the 200 block of Southeast Channel Point Road. ;hooting: Neighboring jurisdictions investigating continued from page A-1 A team of law enforcement officers from neighboring jurisdictions are in- vestigating the shooting, according to the Sheriffs Office. The Sheriffs Office is a part of the Region 3 Sheriffs Office Critical In- cident Investigation Team, which in- dudes Thurston, Lewis, Pacific, Grays Harbor and Mason counties. The team investigating this incident is led by a sergeant from the Lewis County Sher- iffs Office. Having other jurisdictions inves- tigate officer-involved shootings pre- vents bias, Spurling said. The officer who shot Ross has been put on paid administrative leave pend- ing the investigation. '06 Colorado 4x4 '97 F-150 3-Door 4x4 '97 F-150 107KmL Ready to go! V-8, AT, Low Miles 4x4 Low Miles '00 Jeep Wrangler '97 F-150 4 Cylinder, 5-Speed Black 4x2, V-6, AT Local Vehicle 90 Day Service Warranty $2 lJ4 safety Inspection i 0 * on all vehicles on all vehicles 00JSUW 11 006002774028 Ne00t0 Shell* NE 23791Hwy 3Beliair Vin #s posted at dealership '85 Lincoln Like New Financing avaflahie on Approval of Credit See Bob, Jackie or Mark We Safety Check All Of Our Vehicles! Consignments Welear !