Remember the students
To the editor: This coming August, Lake Schools will be putting a 6.75 -mill levy on the ballot for the people to vote on. Note, this mill does not stand for “million.”
Mill is a percentage of your property value. I’m a student at Lake High School. I’m a member of Student Council, SIA (a group designated to volunteering) and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. In addition, every school day from 2:30 to 3:30, I volunteer at Lake Elementary for three different teachers. My goal through all of this work is to give back to the community and teachers who have supported me and given me a wonderful education.
I’m writing this letter to encourage everybody to go out and support Lake Schools. I am just one of many students who would like your support.
I believe that with great support of the community, to add to our already wonderful teachers, administrators, board of education, etc., we can continue to be “Excellent” together. However, we can’t keep up the “Excellent” and beyond state ratings without your help. We need this funding to ensure that teachers can still teach, classrooms can be a good size and to ensure that our education remains incredible.
I’m proud to be a Lake Flyer. Also, I will continue to stand up for my school and do everything in my power to help this levy pass. I hope those who are able to vote will vote for our levy. Remember, each no vote is a downgrade of property value and less support for our wonderful school district.
Remember the students this August.
Byron Swartz (Freshman at LHS)
To the editor: Regarding the letter in the May 21 issue of The Press from Jim Austermiller, I spoke with the Jeff Thompson, principal at Clay High School, concerning the allegation that the reason the blood drive was cancelled was that “the administration and board of education decided they wanted to show their support for the striking workers.” I am not sure where you get your information but this is blatantly false.
Here is the actual announcement that was made to students notifying them of the cancellation:
“The American Red Cross Blood Drive workers are on strike. Therefore, the American Red Cross does not have enough workers to work the blood drive scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, so the blood drive for tomorrow has been cancelled by the Red Cross. We are disappointed and appreciate all the students who signed up to donate. Thank you.”
The board of education and administration have not taken any position of support for any striking workers.
Michael E. Zalar, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Oregon City Schools
Editor’s note: A spokesperson for the American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region, confirmed the blood drive at Clay High School was cancelled by the Red Cross due to a shortage of workers to staff the drive.
The Red Cross issued the following statement last week: “The American Red Cross regrets having to cancel several recent blood drives because of the current work stoppage. One of those sponsors which the Red Cross has been forced to cancel with is Clay High School in Oregon.
Inaccurate rumors have claimed that Clay canceled on the Red Cross for political reasons. Jen Rosa, Donor Recruitment Supervisor with the Red Cross, said, “The Red Cross was forced to cancel because of staffing limitations. Clay did not cancel on us.”
Clay’s Principal Jeff Thompson said, “We were still on board to offer our facility and help the much needed blood drive regardless of the unfortunate work stoppage.”
Katie Blair, Clay’s Medical Technologies Instructor, said, “We host three blood drives every school year. Many high schools only host one or two blood drives per year.”
Jim Wright, Director of Donor Recruitment for the Red Cross, said “We have had a long and positive relationship with the Eagles, and we are optimistic about continuing our great partnership. We don’t want this to happen again with any of our generous sponsors. We thank all of our sponsors for continuing to support of our community’s needs for blood, and we are disappointed that the current situation is upsetting their compassionate support of our lifesaving mission.”
An A+ effort
To the editor: I would like to comment on Mr. Austermiller’s recent letter to the editor.
Clay High School and the Senior Medical Technology class host three blood drives every school year; many high schools only host one to two blood drives per year. In addition to the three blood drives, a senior Med Tech student, typically, will host a blood drive as his/her Senior Capstone Project for the staff. Oregon City Schools administration has always worked well with American Red Cross in hosting the blood drives.
This school year has been an unfortunate year for hosting drives. Our second blood drive was scheduled for Feb. 14 and was cancelled due to a snow day. Oregon City Schools administration was very cooperative in attempting to reschedule the drive; however there was not a day that both the American Red Cross and Clay High School were available. As we were planning for our last blood drive, scheduled for May1, I received a call from the American Red Cross stating that the last drive may not run as planned due to the fact that the American Red Cross was on strike.
I informed Mr. Thompson, Clay High School principal, that the blood drive may not go as scheduled due to the fact that the American Red Cross was on strike. We, Mr. Thompson, American Red Cross and myself, decided to go ahead and plan for the drive in case the strike ended. We continued to recruit donors. On Friday, April 25, I received a
call from the American Cross stating that they had to officially cancel the blood drive due to the fact the strike was still on and they did not have enough workers to run our drive.
I then wrote the morning announcement stating that the drive was cancelled due to the fact that the American Red Cross was still on strike and that we were disappointed.
I would like to give Oregon City Schools, the staff at Clay High School and the Medical Technologies students, all an A+ for doing an excellent job in hosting the American Red Cross blood drives. I would also like to give the American Red Cross an A+ for attempting to run a blood drive when things were not as usual.
Katie Blair RN, BSN, Med
Clay High School Medical Technologies Instructor