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Jazzercise Thanksgiving benefit celebrates 30th year

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 30th Thanksgiving morning benefit class for Silverton Area Community Aid on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St., Silverton.

Admission is $5 or three food items; all proceeds going to the SACA food bank.

“This class has become a real community tradition,” said Andi Morgan, Silverton Jazzercise instructor.  “Not many events have stood such a test of time, just like Jazzercise itself. The energy in the Community Center gym is always phenomenal. It’s a great way to do something good for the community while being thankful for healthy bodies.” 

Once again, there are donors that have pledged additional contributions based on the number of people
that attend. 

“We need as many participants as possible to really take advantage of these donors’ generosity,” Morgan said.

Other donors have pledged to match the cash receipts that day.

People of all fitness levels are encouraged to attend. They should come prepared for an hour-long aerobic and muscle-toning workout. 

Jazzercise is the original dance fitness program and is celebrating its 50th year in 2019.  Created by Judi Sheppard Missett in1969, Jazzercise has 8,300+ franchisees teaching more than 32,000 classes each week in 32 countries around the world.

For information about the class, contact Andi at 503-873-8210, 503-931-8443 (cell), or email [email protected].

SFSD set to save on energy

Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and Silver Falls School District have partnered on a $1.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract. The project will improve the interior and exterior lighting at 13 district schools, the District office and its bus depot. It is expected to save $87,000 annually.

Ameresco provided coordination and management of reimbursement from utility public purpose charges and the Energy Trust of Oregon. Along with estimated energy savings, the project should be budget neutral with no impact to the district general fund budget.

The district also sought to improve environmental conditions by removing all remaining fluorescent tubes and remediating all polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) ballasts in school facilities. PCBs are classified as persistent organic pollutants and are a probable human carcinogen.

“We appreciate Ameresco’s diligence in auditing our facilities and creating a project that best suits our District,” Lorin Stanley, Maintenance and Facility Director for Silver Falls School District said. “Ameresco streamlined this process, giving us greatly improved lighting systems, which also significantly reduces our current and future maintenance costs.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

Pettit property design Open House Nov. 6

The public is encouraged to attend the Design Open House for the Pettit Property Public Visioning Process on Nov. 6,  6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Silverton Senior Center.

The city-owned Pettit Property totals 80 acres, including 18 acre Pettit Lake, located just south of The Oregon Garden. University of Oregon landscape architecture students and their professor are developing design proposals for a variety of site programs as part of the Sustainable City Year Program. Participants can drop by anytime during the open house to view slides and ask questions.

This is the first of two planned public outreach events; more details will be available soon for the second event on Dec. 4.

Nonprofit training at Salem Convention Center

Nonprofit Board Training and Resources – an Oregon charitable nonprofit organization – will hold its “2019 Nonprofit Board Governance Training” at the Salem Convention Center on Nov. 9. The conference is designed for nonprofit board members. Attendees will choose from over 20 workshops related to nonprofit governance and management. For information or registration go to www.trainingnonprofitboards.org

Dan Busch brings administration at SFSD a Human Resource focus

Dan Busch, Assistant Superintendent for Silver Falls School District, is focusing on Human Resources as one area of his responsibility.

“Human Resources is an interesting type of work; you’re managing contracts which means you’re trying to hold people accountable to what they agreed to,” Busch said. “That’s the difficult part of the work, but I try to balance that with ‘How can I help?’

“As Human Resources you want people to see you as someone that can help them and that’s how I try to approach the work.”

Principals at each of the district’s 13 schools do their own hiring. It’s up to Busch to continue sound hiring practices and systems that help find the best person for each job.

“From what I have observed and the quality teaching I have seen so far, they’re all experienced and very good at what they do,” Busch said.

The 26-year education veteran took over July 1 for Dandy Stevens, now Gervais School District Superintendent. Most recently Busch was a middle school principal in the Tigard-Tualatin School District and before that a vice principal in Newberg.

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