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September 11, 2014

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Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 -Mason County Journal - Page A-13 Perconti wants to add technology,er teachers on classroom instruction. Previous Mary M. Knight Superin- career and technicaleducation tendent Beth Daneker retired at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. By NATALIE JOHNSON Perconti said she decided to leave natalie@masoncounty, corn Idaho because she wanted to live clos- er to her son and daughter, who live Mary M. Knight School District in Oregon. may have just 162 students, but its Perconti now lives in Montesano in size doesn't have to be a disadvantage, Grays Harbor County. said new Superintendent Ellen Per- In the near :future, Perconti said conti, she wants to focus on long-term plan- "The great thing is we can person- ning at Mary M. Knight and on adding alize our instruction. You're not cram- technology and career and technical ming 30 to 40 students in a classroom; education at the school. you're paying attention to each child "We're just starting the first phase," and how they learn," she said. "If we she said. think we are small, we kind of put our- She is also looking into getting tab- selves in a box." let computers for students to use while Perconti started at Mary M. Knight at the school. in July after two years as superin- "We're looking for ways to engage tendent of the West Bonner County (the students)," Perconti said. School District in Idaho. Perconti also plans to provide sup- She has a bachelor's degree from port and education for teachers. the University of Iowa and a master's "That's what I want to keep at the degree and Ph.D. from the University forefront -- student learning," she of Idaho. said. "Do we know our students are Before taking her first job as a su- learning what they need to?" perintendent two years ago, Perconti Perconti recently sent a question- taught music and was a teacher on naire to school-district residents ask- special assignment working with oth- ing for input on the district. Journal photo by Natalie Johnson New Mary M. Knight Superintendent Ellen Perconti says she will encourage long-term planning and increased use of technology at the small district. The questionnaire asks community should be made. members, staff, families and students "I think sometimes the district has what they think works well at thesold (itself) short," Perconti said. "It's district and what changes they think just a great place." i ,! STAFF REPORT nounce the appointment of a public em- news@masoncoun com ployee. Shelton Superindendent Wayne The Shelton School District Board Massie said he did not have any infor- of Directors has scheduled a special mation on the identity of either em- meeting for 10 a.m. today to consider ployee. School Board President Brenda the "resignation agreement," of a pub- Hirschi did not respond to a request for lic employee, according to a meeting comment. notice sent to the Mason County Jour- The meeting will be in the CHOICE nal. Alternative School board room, 807 W. The School Board also plans to an- Pine St. Block fundraiser collects almost $1,SO0 By GORDON WEEKS ing, monthly stipends, case manage- gordon@masoncoun com ment and job-shadow opportunities. Students live with HOST families Almost $1,500 was collected to help or in transitional housing. Participants homeless Shelton students and for the are mentored by a program coordinator Union City Lodge's Bikes for Books who works from his office at CHOICE program at Smoking Mo's Block Party Alternative School. and Barbecue Cook-Off on Aug. 30 in Students can receive transition downtown Shelton. services for six months to a year after Half the donations went to the Ma- graduating high school or earning a son County HOST (Housing Options GED. for Students in Transition) program, The event was staged by Mo Carva- which supports homeless students ages jal-Beben and Tom Beben, the owners 16 to 21 by providing temporary hous- of Smoking Mo's. Mason PUD 3 Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Potential Sale of Downtown Shelton Property The Mason County PUD No. 3 Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, to consider the sale of downtown Shelton property to the Mason Conservation District for use as off:ice space. Property parcels in the potential intergovernmental transfer include: The former PUD 3 Administration building at 307 kX/Cota Street (Parcel No. 32019-50-20001 ) An adjacent small park area at 321 kX/Cota Street (Parcel No. 32019-50- 20003) A parking lot at 216 S Fourth Street (Parcel No. 32019-50-20004) A parking lot on Grove Street between S Third Street and Cookson Street (Parcel No. 32019-61-02005) The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM, September 23 in the PUD auditorium at 2621 EJohns Prairie Road, Shelton. The regular scheduled commission business meeting will begin immediately following the hearing.