Posts Tagged ‘Parkrose news’

Parkrose passes on levy … this year

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Parkrose Board of Education postponed a resolution referring a five-year local-option levy to voters after hearing a survey’s results of likely voters at its March meeting.

 In March, the Parkrose Board of Education, from left Chair Ed Grassel, Vice Chair Thuy Tran, James Trujillo, Mary Lu Baetkey and Erick Flores voted unanimously to not place a five-year local-option levy on May’s ballot, but to revisit the issue next spring.

However, it resolved to revisit the idea next spring, when conditions might be more favorable.

The district hoped to add between $850,000 and $1.2 million a year to its general fund with the property tax. The additional revenue would allow the district to hire teachers addressing the district’s oversized classes.

A $200,000 home would pay an additional $170 in taxes at a rate of 85 cents per thousand of assessed value, according to figures supplied by the district.

School district, union settles

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Parkrose School District agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a labor complaint filed by the union representing its classified employees during a mediation session held last week.

“Both groups worked hard to come to an agreement and we are pleased to move forward,” said Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray in an email.

In 2012, the Oregon School Employees Association filed an unfair labor practice against the district for refusing to bargain furlough days for the 2011-12 school year and the 2012-13 school year.

Instead, the district arbitrarily deducted 16 days from the work year of most classified employees, despite warnings that those days were bargained for under contract.

Parkrose School District, union enter mediation

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

In November, the Oregon Employment Relations Board rejected a request by the Parkrose School District to reconsider its ruling that the district violated state law when it imposed 16 furlough days on classified employees without collective bargaining.

COURTESY PARKROSE SCHOOL DISTRICT<br>In November, the Oregon Employment Relations Board rejected a request by the Parkrose School District to reconsider its ruling that the district violated state law when it imposed 16 furlough days on classified employees without collective bargaining. The district and the union representing classified employees agreed to mediate the dispute in February.

In the original decision, the ERB ordered the district to restore lost wages and benefits to about 200 Parkrose classified employees.

“The district has filed an appeal of this decision with Oregon Court of Appeals; it also filed a motion to stay the payment,” said Parkrose Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray in November. “We really aren’t doing anything until we hear back from ERB about the stay. After that, I can provide more information if the stay does not go our direction.”

Home invasion robbery in Argay Terrace

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Today, around 9:30 a.m. police responded to a home in the 4000 block of Northeast 125th Place in the Argay Terrace neighborhood on the report of a residential robbery.

When police arrived and spoke to the victim, a 71-year-old man, he told police someone knocked on his front door and when he answered it, two men pushed their way into his home, assaulted him and stole items from the home.

The suspects then ran out of the house and disappeared into the neighborhood, police said.

Several police officers, including a K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects descriptions.

Shots fired in Parkrose Friday night

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

North Precinct officers responded to the block of Northeast 107th Avenue and Wygant Street on the report of multiple gunshots heard in the area Friday Jan. 17 around 9:30 p.m.

Arriving officers found several shell casings in the middle of the street, but no apparent victims.

Gang Enforcement Team officers responded and assisted with the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or illegal gun crimes in the City of Portland is asked to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division, 503-823-4106.

End of the road for Parkrose bus drivers?

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

The Parkrose School District recently notified the union representing its bus drivers a feasibility study was commissioned to determine how much money the district would save, if any, contracting bus service to a private company–the first step towards firing drivers and selling the bus fleet–effective the 2014-15 school year.

At the Parkrose Board of Education's October meeting, classified union employees Colleen Van Houten and Rick Doyle listen to the ruling barring Van Houten from reading her statement during October's Citizen Comment period because she is not a resident.

Halfway into October’s three-hour Board of Education meeting–when Vice-Chair Thuy Tran, conducting the meeting in Chair Ed Grassel’s absence announced before a break two of the three people who filled out comment cards to speak during the Citizen Comment portion would not be allowed because they are not district residents–things got testy.

Family Fun Day fun for families

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Families, congregants, neighbors and friends gathered Faithful Savior Ministries Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept. 14 for the second Family Fun Day.

A rock climbing wall, face painting, food, a bounce house, music and midway booths were all part of the church’s outreach to the community.

At Faithful Savior ministries Family Fun Day last month, kids lined up to climb the rock wall.


Added this year, a free school supplies giveaway was part of the festivities.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal re-dedication Saturday

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Spruced up and renovated this summer, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., plans a rededication service Saturday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.

Spruced up and renovated this summer, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., plans a re-dedication service Saturday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.

Following the brief liturgy of dedication and renewal will be a barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and desserts.

The Parkrose community is cordially invited.

September 2013 posted

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Last week, the September 2013 edition of the Mid-county Memo posted online.

This issue features stories about new Parkrose High School football coach Maurice France; Seventh-day Adventists from Oregon Central Korean Church give away school supplies; obituaries of Lee Perlman, Memo reporter for more than two decades, Howard Horner and Wesley Johnson, a former Parkrose teacher.

Maurice France, the new Parkrose High School varsity football coach is profiled in this month’s issue.

Memo Departments — Memo Pad, Memo Calendar, Letters to the Editor, Business Memos and the monthly Meals on Wheels People menu — teem with listings of events, reunions, activities, local business news, special events, fundraisers, achievements and milestones reached and passed.

Parkrose do-gooder tries to shut pot shop

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Mary Walker, a long-time member of the Parkrose Neighborhood Association, is trying to shut down a new business in her neighborhood, the GR8 Stop Med Shop marijuana dispensary at 4844-A N.E. 103rd Ave.

Parkrose resident LaRay Edwards, left, a registered caregiver for a patient in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, chooses his patient’s medicine from Greg Brooks, one of the owners of GR8 Stop Med Shop, a new business in Parkrose.


In an email, Walker notified members of the Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative that she is contacting police and federal authorities and asked for their help.