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Sunnyside School District Briefs

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S'side schools lack influence with state in alcohol licensing

An on-and-off discussion over the past few months came to a resolution last night when the Sunnsyside School Board learned it does not have jurisdiction to comment to the state liquor control board on license renewals.

Citing state law which says schools can have a voice in liquor license renewals for stores within 500 feet, the board had hoped to target the renewals of two mini-marts with a track record of selling alcohol to minors.

But new state legislation expands that 500 feet not from the border of school property, but to the school's main entrance.

Under the revision, district school properties are now just over 600 feet away.

As a result, the board asked staff to draft a letter to area store owners seeking cooperation in not selling to minors.

As requested by board member Miguel Puente, the district will also look at setting up face-to-face discussions with the store owners.

S'side football stands ready for new season

After repairs during the summer, the Sunnyside High School football home grandstand is safe for another year.

That's the opinion that was rendered recently by the district's insurer, Canfield and Associates.

School board members received the report during their meeting last night.

Though the grandstands, field turf and press box are improved from last year, the board also reiterated the need for a long term solution.

Accordingly, the board will begin meeting this month with a core group of citizens from the community to consider work on submitting a new bond proposal to voters next year.

School handbooks approved

Student handbooks for each school in the Sunnyside School District received approval from the school board last night.

Some of the changes in the handbooks includes a renewed focus at Outlook Elementary School on defining when a student should be referred from the classroom to the office.

The new student handbook at Chief Kamiakin Elementary will address the needs of kindergarten through fifth grade students attending the school, which last year had fifth and sixth grade students.

The high school's handbook has policy changes in place to intervene when students have repeated unexcused absences.

School board okays new elementary school

Even as the new Sierra Vista Middle School opens its doors for its first school year, the Sunnyside School District is already looking at plans for a new elementary school.

Last night the school board approved paper work to set into motion planning for the new school. The school, which does not yet have a name, will be situated just north of Sierra Vista.

Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole said the school's existing buildings are at capacity and estimates show that district enrollment will grow by about 100 students each year.

By the 2007-08 school year, Cole said there should be sufficient enrollment for the district to have the capacity figures needed for state funding of a 75,000 square-foot school building.

Two named to school ethics committee

The Sunnyside School District's Ethics Committee gained two new members last night when the school board named Linda Hale and Mary Rita Rohde to two-year terms on the committee.

Their terms as committee members will run through 2008.

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