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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-15 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Joggers enjoy the Theler Wetlands trail. The North Mason School Board of Directors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to place the Theler Center on its surplus list. Theler: '(Property) is part of the identity of North Mason' continued from page A-1 . "S  the third time that Theler " een a huge distraction from the mission of the North Mason School Dis- trict," said Superintendent David Pe- erson at his last school board meeting T!esday before leaving to take over as superintendent of the Nampa School District in Idaho. The school board voted 3-1 in favor of placing the property on its surplus list, with John Campbell, Laura Boad and Art Wightman in favor of the proposal. Dinah Griffey voted against surplusing the property. "I'm not in favor of this at all," Griffey said. "This is very sudden." A potential surplus of the Theler property was not on the school board's agenda, that was available to the public. "I think if it had been, there would be a lot more people here," said Belfair res- ident Ken Van Buskirk at the meeting. The school board had an executive session prior to its Tuesday meeting to discuss real estate. "This is an unusual commitment for the school district," said Campbell. "It's more than a property, it's part of the identity of North Mason." In October, the Theler Center's Board of Directors discovered that the center had $6 in its bank account. The board placed Executive Director Anne Whitman on administrative leave and terminated her contract in December. The Mason County Sheriffs Office opened an embezzlement investigation in October. No charges have been filed. The Thelerboard later learnel that it had lost its stattis  as a nonprofit grg//p more than two years ago after failing to file its federal nonprofit tax forms since 2008. The center owes the Department of the Treasury $97,000 for back Social Security and Medicare and misplaced $14,000 in contributions from the North Mason School District and $10,000 in miscellaneous donations and back pay- ments for utilities. Last month, the school district dis- covered that the Theler organization was not a legal corporation or charitable organization as defined by the state Sec- retary of State's office between 2008 and 2013. The corporation was dissolved administratively by the Secretary of State's office in 2008 atr the organiZa- tion stopped filing maintenance docu- ments in 2006. The Theler board filed new articles of incorporation under a different name in 2013, but did not inform the North Ma- son School District. Peterson said he is not sure whether the school district will ultimately be li- able for the debts incurred by the Theler organization. The Theler board voluntarily termi- nated its lease of the building and prop- erty two weeks ago. The school district is using levy mon- ey to operate the center. "It is a burden because we have a lot TOO 1_4TE TO CLASSIFY YARD SALE Fri-Sat June 20th-21st 9-4 Furniture, dolls, household, mens, lots of everything. Too much to list. 511 School House Hill Rd. Hoodsport. (R 6/19) FOUND DOG solid black with white mustache and beard, Pomeranian mix, ~8 yrs old, very friendly. Showed up with leash attached. 426- 5666 (F 6/19) GARAGE SALE women's MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE clothes from 1-3X, men's SALE clothing for babies, clothes 44-50, all sizes baby kids, med and women, clothes and toys. Washer, dry- lots of furniture, household er, lots of shoes. Sat 8-5, SE 'items, and misc. Bay Ridge 310 T-Peeksin Lane, Squax- Ct, off of Wyandotte Friday in Is. Reservation. (K 6/19) 10-2, Saturday 9-? (C 6/19) SALE UNDER COVER- Fur- niture, kitchen, garden, tools, automotive, Lego Star Wars and much more. 200 Hidden Springs, 2 miles out Lynch Rd Fri-Sat 8-4pro. (F 6/19) YARD SALE/fund raiser by donation. Across from the high school. Saturday and Sunday 9am-close (H 6/19) of distractions around the Theler Cen- ter," Boad said. Maintenance at the Theler Center used to be paid from longtime Belfair store owner Sam Theler's Trust. How- ever, the trust is no longer viable, Pe- terson said, and is no longer paying for that maintenance. Peterson said the district had a "moral obligation" to ensure the Theler Center remains a community asset, as is required in Sam ThelmZs will, which deeded the property to the school dis- trict in 1968. Peterson said the school district has two options for selling the property. Any organization that purchases the prop- erty will be required to follow the cov- enants attached to the deed as well. First, it could sell it on the market for no less than 90 percent of its appraised value. "We're looking for a qualified ap- praiser," Peterson said. In this case, Peterson said the sale agreement would likely require that the ownership of the property revert to the school district if the terms of Theler's will are not met. The second option, Peterson said, is to transfer the ownership of the proper- ty to another governmental entity that could maintain the center as a public building. "e would have to find an agency whose mission is compatible," Peterson said. Declaring the property surplus al- lows the school district to sell the prop- erty in the future, but does not require them to sell it. A surplus property, whether it is books, computers, furni- ture or a piece of property, means it is not vital to the school district's mission to educate students, Boad said. The school board is required to hold a public hearing before transferring the ownership of the Theler property to an- other government entity, and will need a public vote of the board to sell it. The North Mason School Board's next meeting will be at 6:30 on July 17 at the North Mason School District Offices at 71 East Campus Drive in Belfair. / to make sushi at Osaka Asian Bistr0000, June 22 at noon. i Learn how 0000bn00tCd00. 360.42/'.26251506 W. Railrond00l00 ,,00elt.J Mon-Sat l9L,ad Sunday