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Never too young to start
Grant to assist in library’s early literacy efforts
SCott De LarueLLe
Unifed Newspaper Group
Early literacy has becomea buzzword in education,and thanks to a grant fromthe Wisconsin Departmentof Public Instruction (DPI),youngsters around the Ore-gon area are getting help ontheir head start in learninghow to read.The library is one of 40small or mid-sized librar-ies in the state to receive a$250 “mini grant” to sup-port early literacy projectsthat encourage reading withyoung children and theircaregivers.Oregon Library YouthServices Librarian KellyAllen said the library willuse the grant money to helppromote its “1,000 BooksBefore Kindergarten” pro-gram in local daycares,preschools, and other com-munity organizations bycreating promotional mate-rials and creating a displayin the library. The program,started in February withthe help of a $500 donationfrom the Oregon BrooklynLions Club, is designed toencourage parents to readevery day to the child.Parents receive early lit-eracy tip sheets and book recommendations in theregistration packet. Chil-dren earn prizes for lis-tening to family membersread to them. For every100 books, children earn asticker. At 500, they earn aneducational toy. At 1,000,children earn a paperback book and certificate.The Oregon PublicLibrary has 92 children par-ticipating in the program,and has a goal of 500.“The mini-grant will helpus get the word out aboutthe program,” Allen said.State SuperintendentTony Evers said reading isa “crucial” skill for successin life.“Research tells us that theperiod from birth to kinder-garten is pivotal to early lit-eracy and language devel-opment,” he said. “Thesegrants are helping librariesexpand resources to fill ear-ly literacy needs.”The Growing WisconsinReaders initiative is sup-ported by Library Servicesand Technology Act fundsawarded to DPI by the U.S.Institute of Museum andLibrary Services. The ini-tiative’s goals are to pro-vide resources to caregiv-ers, which include parents,grandparents, guardians,and childcare providers,about how to read effective-ly with babies, toddlers andyoung children.“Public libraries havelong been seen as a place of learning and discovery forall ages, particularly youngchildren,” Evers said.“Youth services librarianshave served as leaders inthe field of early literacyfor decades, and recentlythis role has expanded inresponse to research aboutearly childhood develop-ment and interventions. Icommend them for theirservice to children and theirfamilies.”
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5 and 6 in the employeehandbook, concerning con-duct, discipline and sepa-ration from employment atthe district. The handbook,approved last summer,replaced decades-old collec-tively bargained agreementsbetween the district’s unionsand administrators after thestate passage of Act 10.While several board mem-bers felt that the two pro-posals’ wording was muchimproved over the languagein the handbook, there wasoften significant disagree-ment over which was betterfor the district. Vogeler’sversion included a higherstandard the district wouldneed to justify disciplining orfiring educations, and muchof the meeting consisted of she and Zach – who havebeen at loggerheads over thelanguage for months – goingover the pros and cons of their individual proposals.Under the terms of thehandbook, the district coulddiscipline, fire or opt notto renew a teacher’s con-tract so long as its decisionwas deemed “good and suf-ficient,” a legal standardless stringent than the “justcause” standard that hadbeen in place for years. Alower standard – dubbed“arbitrary and capricious”– would apply when work-place safety is concerned orthe employee in question isnot under contract.While the Zach proposaldoes not return the lan-guage to the previous “justcause” standard, severalboard members felt it was amarked improvement. Jeff Ramin said either one of thepolicies was acceptable tohim, and was disappointed athow “political” the issue hadbecome.“In practice, they are vir-tually indistinguishable,” hesaid. “To applaud one andcondemn the other makesno sense to me. Whateverpasses tonight, if it doesn’twork out we can revisit it,and I think we should. This isa starting point.”
Staff had raised concernsabout the possible omis-sion of “just cause” formonths, saying that withoutit, employees could be waryof taking professional risksor speaking their minds.Board member Dan Krausesaid the language should bereinstated, because teachersbargained away higher salaryand benefits throughout theyears to maintain that stan-dard.“It’s a gift; a perk,” hesaid. “But it’s a perk thatalmost all governmentemployees have and theyexpect, and it’s in the formof a shield. If they don’t havethat shield, and have to fightfor it at a hearing just in orderto prove it, that’s too muchof a burden. Then that’s notsomething that we’ve giventhem, it’s something that wesay, ‘Here it is, try to takeit.’”Krause said the boardshould help “foster sometrust” with teachers and staff by adopting Vogeler’s pro-posal.“(Teachers) have madeit very clear they like thisproposal,” he said. “It’sabout trying to reach outand ask for trust from theemployees, because there’sno trust. There’s a chasm. It’sup to us, the ones who havethe power, to give up someof it. To say, ‘OK, we real-ize there’s a problem, we’rewilling to give up something,we’ll trust you as employees,and we trust you’re going touse it and not come back andtry to batter the district withit.”School board presidentCourtney Odorico said shebelieves the new languagefrom Zach’s proposal doesreturn the “just cause” stan-dard to the district, despitesome strong protests fromstaff members who sup-ported Vogeler’s proposal– often vocally at meetings –as more equitable.“The board workedextremely hard and listenedto employees’ requests toinclude the just cause stan-dard in the handbook,” shesaid. “My hope is that withthis change, we can beginto improve our district rela-tionships and get on with theimportant work of educatingkids.”
“(Teachers) have made it very clear they like this proposal,” he said. “It’s abouttrying to reach out and ask for trust fromthe employees, because there’s no trust.
Dan Krause, board member
Agreement reached on teacher discipline
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ACA educationin Brooklyn
The Village of Brook-lyn will hold a smallbusiness open house Oct.24 focused on educatingsmall business ownersabout the Affordable CareAct.Michael Fazio from theSmall Business Associa-tion is scheduled to be thefeatured speaker at theevent, titled “The Afford-able Care Act: Opportuni-ties for Small Companies,Employees and the Unin-sured.”The SBA has beenclosed as part of the fed-eral government shut-down, but Village Presi-dent Nadine Walsten saidshe hopes that is resolvedbefore the event.Walsten also said thatwhile the event will focuson “what kind of opportu-nities (the ACA) presentsfor businesses,” anyone iswelcome to come and sitin, because Fazio will talk generally about those whoare uninsured, as well.“The Economic Devel-opment Committee want-ed to have an open housefor small businesses in thearea so that if they wereinterested in … what pos-sibilities the ACA canhelp them out … how dothey want to handle that,”she said.The presentation beginsat 7 p.m., with networkingbeforehand at 6:30 p.m. atthe Community Buildingin Brooklyn.
– Scott Girard
If you go
Business openhouse on Affordable CareAct
Thursday, Oct.24, 6:30 p.m.
CommunityBuilding, 102 N. Rutland
Information taken from the Oregon Police Department logbook. Oregon residents unless otherwise noted.
At the 100 block of Drumlin Drive, a womanreported a snapping turtle in her driveway. The officer wasunable to locate turtle.
A 35-year-old male was stopped for speed andcited for operating after revocation and possession of drugparaphernalia and arrested on three warrants.
A 36-year-old woman was arrested after alleg-edly shoplifting one liter of New Amsterdam Vodka, valuedat $19.99, from Alpine Liquor. The bottle was recoveredand returned.
A Kwik Trip employee reported three teenagerscame into the store with backpacks on and put beef jerkyinto the backpack. A 13-year-old male was cited.
An 18 year-old-man was cited for stealing twobreakfast sandwiches and an energy drink from Kwik Trip.
A 26-year-old woman reported a male mas-turbating behind Anytime Fitness. The suspect fled whenconfronted. Police were unable to locate the suspect.