Ocean City Primary School was first constructed in 1965, and much of the building has seen no major renovation since then.At a brief Ocean City Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, board members learned that a $5.6 million renovation remains on target to be complete well before the school year starts.Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee Chair Tom Oves reported that the project is “going full steam ahead” and is on target to be substantially complete by Aug. 15. He said one exception will be for beams that won’t be delivered until Aug. 15 (but will take only two days to install).The project includes a new roof, heating and cooling systems (HVAC), plumbing and electrical systems, windows and doors for a building that was constructed in 1965.The district is also starting to plan for the repainting of the golden dome atop Ocean City High School.Personnel moves approved unanimously by the board include the following:The board accepted the retirement of Raymond C. Darcusio, maintenance worker, effective Jan. 1, 2016.The board accepted the retirement of Ocean City Intermediate School principal’s secretary Rosemary Stuart, effective Nov. 1, 2015; and the retirement of custodian Walter Payne, effective Aug. 1, 2015.The board approved the hiring of Timothy M. Kelley (no relation to the new business administrator of the same name) as an Ocean City High School physical education teacher at $53,552 (BA+30, step 1).The board approved the hiring of Patricia Pepe as an Ocean City Primary School teacher at $61,602 (MA, step 3).The board approved the hiring of Megan Ward as an Ocean City Primary School teacher at $48,202 (BA, step 1).The board accepted the “request for a voluntary reassignment” of Mikenzie Helphenstine from Director of Curriculum (at $103,443) to the position of teacher, effective Sept. 1 at $88,354 (MA+45, step 10) for the 2015-16 school year.
A former Skamania County auditor, who pleaded guilty to shredding public documents, may face jail time for failing to complete the community service hours required under his probation.John Michael Garvison, 41, of Oregon City, Ore., has been directed to appear Friday in front of Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson to explain why he didn’t complete the required hours. The case is being handled in Clark County to avoid any conflict of interest.Skamania County probation officer Jamie Hepner has recommended that Garvison’s 168 hours of community service be converted into 21 days in jail.Garvison is required to complete 20 hours of community service per month in Skamania County until he reaches the 168-hour mark.According to Hepner:Garvison fulfilled his obligation in November. He checked in once at 10:27 a.m. Dec. 29 for community service in December but never checked back out, so it’s unclear how many hours he worked. In January, he didn’t show up at all, and last month, he completed only eight out of the 20 required hours.Garvison didn’t return a call to his cellphone number from The Columbian. His aunt Beth Garvison said she doesn’t know where her nephew is or why he didn’t complete his community service hours.“I know he had surgery on his shoulder or bicep,” she said. “We have been trying to find him because he owes us money.” Skamania County’s former auditor, John Michael Garvison, left, talks with his attorney, Jon McMullen, at an Oct. 25 hearing in Clark County Superior Court.