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Fairfield Students Leave Their Mark

Artist-in-residence Steven Lopez joins students painting a mural in the main hallway at Fairfield Elementary.

The new Fairfield school is already getting a new look. An artist-in-residence is guiding Fairfield students in the painting of a mural in the school’s main hallway.

The project sprouted from a $1,000 donation from Essex Construction, the contractor that built the new Fairfield.

Matching money came from the Bethel Education Foundation and a school fundraiser.

The artist, Steven Lopez, designed the mural of a Fairfield Falcon with the school’s expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible, in English and Spanish.

All students will have an opportunity to take part in the painting, which should last long after they have moved on.

Oh, Say, They Can Sing

Under the direction of Christina Boorman, Cascade’s choir Vox Novus will sing the National Anthem at the Eugene Emeralds’ first game of the Northwest League season.

The Eugene Emeralds’ baseball season won’t begin until Vox Novus has sung.

The choir from Cascade Middle School has been invited to sing the National Anthem on the Ems’ opening night, June 15th.

Vox Novus – New Voices – was invited back after singing the anthem at an Ems game last season, following an audition. That was part of the Ems’ first championship season since 1975.

No audition was needed this time.

In fact, the students are also rehearsing Oh, Canada, the Canadian National Anthem, because the Ems will start the Northwest League season against the Vancouver Canadians.

Budget Committee Approves 2017-18 Budget

Members of the Bethel Budget Committee, including State Senator James Manning, study the district proposal before approving the plan in a unanimous vote.

After expressing concern about the lack of funding and going over the spending proposals for every department, the Bethel Budget Committee has approved the budget plan for the coming school year.

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the plan at its June 26th meeting.

The district faces a $2.3 million budget gap but intends to avoid increasing class sizes by instead using budget reduction days.

The budget tentatively calls for 10 budget reduction days. The Bethel Calendar Committee will meet next week to determine which days to cut, and develop a plan to restore those days should funding become available.

You are encouraged to email your legislators (Rep. Julie Fahey and Sen. James Manning…he’s on our budget committee!) and let them know your thoughts. They want to hear from you, and it’s likely you have something to say.

Second Budget Committee Meeting Thursday

The Bethel School District Budget Committee will meet for a second time at the District Office, Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of budgets for Elementary, K-8, Middle School and High School Programs, Administration, Special Services, All Schools, Other Funds and General Fund Revenue. The committee may approve the budget. An alternate date for approval of the budget is Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.

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