School Board Meeting Garners Attention; Storms; Low Blood Supply

School Board Meeting Garners Attention

This week’s monthly meeting of the Siuslaw School District Board of Directors will be held at Siuslaw Middle School.  The decision to move it came Monday on the recommendation of Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak.  He said one agenda item in particular has drawn attention with representatives of at least two groups indicating they will have a large contingent of their members on hand.  That agenda item is a discussion involving board members and the district’s legal counsel concerning legal obligations under Oregon Revised Statute 338, the law governing the establishment of charter schools.  The superintendent said at the December meeting Directors asked to have time with their lawyer about what is legally required.  Grzeskowiak said other than the normal “public comments” taken at the beginning of regular meetings, no public testimony will be taken.  The meeting starts at 6 pm Wednesday with a work session; the meeting itself will come to order at 6:30 and the discussion with legal will begin at 7 pm.


High Surf and sneaker waves are a potential along the coast line for the next two days.  The High surf warning went into effect at 4 am this morning and is expected to continue until late tomorrow afternoon.  Over the past two week two people were injured by sneaker waves on the coast here in Florence a five  year old girl was taken down and pinned by a large log and had to be lifeflighted to Riverbend.  The other was an elderly man who was knocked down and then taken to Peace Harbor.  Both have since been released from the hospital in good condition.  Sneaker waves break suddenly and without warning during storm conditions on the coast.

Low Blood Supply

Blood supplies are running low across Oregon and around the US as less people are giving blood.  The American Red Cross says donations over the last 20 years have fallen by 40%.  The Red Cross is urgently asking people to donate to avoid a delay in medical procedures.  There are no scheduled Red Cross blood drives in or around the Florence area but the Red Cross does have a website that can direct donors to the closest opportunity at