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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-17 continued from page A- 1 Brenda Hirschi told the Jour- nal Massie's resignation, which was unanimously ap- proved during a special School Board meeting Sept. 11, was a "mutual agreement." Massie signed his resigna- tion agreement Sept. 4 and sent a resignation letter dated Sept. 8 containing one sen- tence. "This letter is being written to formally resign as superin- tendent of the district effective June 30, 2015," Massie wrote. According to documents ob- tained by the Journal through a public-records request, Mass- ie will continue to be paid his $133,500-per-year salary and benefits until June 30, 2015. His replacement, Dr. Ar- thur Jarvis, a former Tacoma Public Schools Superinten- dent, will also be paid $800 per day for 167 working days, or $133,600. Joyce Weston-Smith, a sec- ond-grade teacher at Moun- tain View Elementary School and vice president of the Shel- ton Education Association, said many teachers were su- prised by the decision. "I'm thinking 'How many teachers could (a second su- perintendent salary) buy to re- duce our class size," she said. Board members refused to comment after the Sept. 11 meeting to members of the Massie Hirschi Jarvis media on the terms of Massie's resignation and repeat- ed several times that it was a mu- tualagree- ment. "The board be- lieved we needed a new direc- tion in lead- ership," Hirschi said to members of the me- dia aider the meeting, adding that the board and Massie had a "dif- ference in philosophy." Massie was hired as superin- tendent in 2011. His most recent signed Oct. 22, contract was 2013. The School Board appointed Jarvis as interim superinten- dent, effective immediately, moments after accepting Massie's resignation. "I can feel the tension in the room," Jarvis said at the meeting. "Obviously this is something people are going to discuss and debate." Jarvis will serve as the district's superintendent un- til June 30. Hirschi said the public will be invited to par- ticipate starting this fall in the selection of the district's next permanent superintendent. According to the school dis- trict, Jarvis has 47 years of educational experience and is a retired superintendent of Ta- coma Public Schools. The Shelton School District has scheduled a meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Choice Alternative School Board Room to ratify Jarvis' contract. However, Jarvis and Hirs- chi both signed a copy of Jar- vis' contract Sept. 11, and a copy of the contract was ob- tained by the Journal through a public-records request. "The Interim Superinten- dent will have complete free- dom to organize, reorganize and arrange the administra- tive and supervisory staff in the manner which, in his judg- ment, best serves the District," Jarvis contract. District administrators, parents and former School Board members were among attendees who packed the board's meeting room at CHOICE Alternative School for the meeting, which was scheduled the previous day. No public comments were allowed on either Massie's resignation or Jarvis' ap- pointment, despite repeated "There is no requests from members of the audience, diSCUSSiO~ i~ "There is no discussion in this roo~ ~od~y this room today," Hirschi said. "We will ask you to leave." ~e ~E~ ~S~, Despite Hirschi's decree, "~ ~ members of the audience and to leaveo" board had several tense ex- changes during the meeting. Many attendees expressed Brenda Hirschi, president frustration at the lack of pre- of the She/ton School vious public discussion on the Board of Directors topic. According to Nathan Olson, The School Board had an communications manager at executive session July 22 the state Office of the Superin- to conduct an evaluation of tendent of Public Instruction, Massie. Governmental bodies school districts do not need are allowed to hold executive public input to hire or fire ad- sessions to discuss evaluations ministrators, of public employees. "The School Board really On Aug. 12 and Aug. 26, the has the power to hire whom- School Board had executive ever they want as a superin- sessions to "discuss qualifica- tendent," he said. tions of candidates." No other Board member Jim Carna- information was provided in han declined to comment on meeting minutes. when the board first contacted Massie did not attend the Jarvis. Sept. 11 meeting. The Journal Ron Goodale, president of was unable to reach Massie the Shelton Education Asso- for comment. The day before ciation Executive Board, told the meeting, Massie told the the Journal on Wednesday Journal that he had no infor- that he could not comment for mation about the "resignation the association on the School of a public employee" listed on Board's actions, the meeting's agenda. "We wanted to, again, thank "We wish him well in his fu- Wayne (Massie) for what he ture endeavors," Hirschi said, did," Goodale said. "We had in one of the only comments a good working relationship made by board members dur- with Wayne." ing the meeting. I:lEOORD oor fto'n ,cege A-16 At 1:28 p.m. on Sept. 15, a vehicle was reported sto- len in the 600 block of East Passage View Road. At 2:19 p.m. on Sept. 15, a theft was reported in the 300 block of East Wallace Kneeland Boulevard. At 4:05 p.m. on Sept. 15, a theft was reported in the 2400 block of North 13th Street. At 5:08 p.m. on Sept. 15, a theft of forest products was reported in the 100 block of East Rainbow Drive. Drug Crimes At 10:09 a.m. on Sept. 9, drug activity was reported in the 2700 block of East Harstine Island Road. At 11:26 a.m. on Sept. 9, drug activity was reported in the 500 block of West Cota Street. At 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 9, drug activity was reported at the intersection of South First Street and Mill Street. At 4:43 p.m. on Sept. 10, methamphetamine pos- session was reported on Southeast Ryan Road. At 8:57 p.m. on Sept. 11, drug activity was reported on West Star Lake Drive. At 10:56 a.m. on Sept. 11, methamphetamine pos- session was reported in the 1900 block of South First Street. Rres At 1:20 p.m. on Sept. 9, We invite you to be the powerthat makes great things happen by living united and investing in what matters today; bringing neighbors and resources together to advance the Common good right here in Mason County. 221 W. 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Jared Wayne Abernathy, Booking reports from 31, of the 100 block of Mason County Jail: East Aloha Lane in Shel- Sept. 9 ton, was booked at Robert Wayne Young, 31, 10:19 p.m. on suspicion of the 400 block of West of criminal trespass in the Maple Rock Road in Mat- first degree, theft in the lock, was booked at third degree, obstructing 4:20 p.m. on suspicion law enforcement and re- Hunter Sweet Corn Zucchini. Cucumbers. Yakima Peaches 1921 E. 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Crowell, 57, of the a controlled substance. 6300 block of West Satsop Cloquallum Road in Elma, Joshua Michael Steel, was booked at 2 a.m. on 20, of the 400 block of suspicion of violation of Hemlock Street in Shelton, a civil anti-harrassment was booked at 9:06 p.m. order, on suspicion of malicious mischief in the second Tanya Made Walruff, degree. I* .......... COMMUNICATIONS Keeping our community connected. 360.898.2481 www.hcc.net BROADBAND CABLE "IV VOICE COMPUTER REPAIR BUSINESS SERVICES $10 off Broadband for 4 months & free install up to an $80 savings $10 account credit will be applied to the first four invoices a~er new broadband service is activated, Some restrictions may apply Offer expires October 3 f, 2014.