NORTH BEND — Kevin Bogatin is the new superintendent for the North Bend School District.
The school board made the announcement at the beginning of Monday evening’s regular meeting, which was met with a round of excited applause.
“We’ve been through a year-long superintendent search that culminated a couple weeks ago with candidates coming in,” said Julianna Seldon, board chair. “The board worked hard to make a decision.”
Board member Bob Adams made the motion to give Bogatin a three-year superintendent contract and authorize the board chair to negotiate the terms of employment. The motion was unanimously approved.
“We’re excited to start our work together for the next school year,” Seldon said, though took a minute to share her appreciation for outgoing Superintendent Bill Yester, who will be retiring at the end of the school year. “(Yester) has done fabulous work and we’re excited that legacy is going to be passed on and we can move forward and do more great work.”
Seldon told the crowded room she feels lucky that the district’s nationwide search resulted in three “excellent” candidates, which also included Dr. Josh Middleton and Susan Penrod.
“I want to thank the candidates for their time and interest, but (Bogatin) emerged and so we welcome him to the home of the Bulldogs,” she said.
As The World previously reported, Bogatin told attendees during his community forum last month that if offered the position of superintendent he would integrate himself into the area through outreach initiatives and one-on-one meetings.
“I feel like my nine years as an assistant superintendent and all the experience I’ve gained has really prepared me to take on this next role,” said Bogatin during the Feb. 26 forum. “I’m ready for this opportunity.”
This is Bogatin's second run for a superintendent spot in Coos County, having applied for the position in Coos Bay in 2016.
Seldon explained during Monday night’s meeting that Bogatin stood out in the North Bend search from his work in several state educational organizations and holds both passion and enthusiasm for education and students.
“He has experience with equity work with his current district as well, making an excellent choice for our new superintendent,” she said. “It was great to work together.”
ENGLEWOOD DIKING DISTRICT — After noticing a significant amount of water pouring into the field near Old Wireless Lane, two members of the Englewood Dike Advisory Board came to find that the water was coming through because a 3-foot tide gate about a quarter mile down the dike was gone.
Tom Gollihur, the superintendent of the dike district, went out Monday morning to fill a sink hole that a fellow member of the district told him about the day prior.
“We made it to the sink hole and discovered that there’s a 3-foot tide gate up there that is gone,” Gollihur said. “The pipe and the tide gate came out of where they’re supposed to go through the dike.”
Gollihur found the missing pipe and tide gate wedged in the mud around 100 yards downstream.
This means at that section of the dike there is no tide gate and water is coming in and out with the tide.
“I’ve been on the phone all day with the Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Coos Bay, and Coos County Emergency Management and we’re going to meet at low tide tomorrow and try to figure out what to do about the problem,” Gollihur said.
The hundred-year-old wall is maintained solely by the district, which has been a problem in recent years because the district doesn’t have enough money to get the necessary repairs done on the dike.
“We have not been able to maintain it. We’ve pleaded with everyone, we’ve applied for grants, and we’ve done everything we think we can do. Now we have a situation and we’re not sure how we’re going to resolve it,” Gollihur said.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.
The deficit is projected to hit $1.1 trillion in the 2020 fiscal year, the highest in a decade. The administration is counting on robust growth, including from the Republican tax cuts — which Trump wants to make permanent — to push down the red ink. Some economists, though, say the bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower growth in coming years. The national debt is $22 trillion.
Even with his own projections, Trump's budget would not come into balance for a decade and a half, rather than the traditional hope of balancing in 10.
Still, Trump contended the nation is experiencing "an economic miracle." He said in a letter to Congress accompanying the plan that the country's next step must be "turbocharging the industries of the future and establishing a new standard of living for the 21st century."
Presidential budgets tend to be seen as aspirational blueprints, rarely becoming enacted policy, and Trump's proposal for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, sets up a showdown with Congress over priorities, including his push for $8.6 billion to build the U.S-Mexico border wall.
Titled "A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First," Trump's proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility," said Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Despite the large projected deficits, Vought said the administration "prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending" and shows "we can return to fiscal sanity."
The budget calls the approach "MAGAnomics," after the president's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.
Some fiscal watchdogs, though, panned the effort as more piling on of debt by Trump with no course correction in sight.
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said Trump "relies on far too many accounting gimmicks and fantasy assumptions and puts forward far too few actual solutions." She warned the debt load will lead to slower income growth and stalled opportunities for Americans.
Perhaps most notably among spending proposals, Trump is reviving his border wall fight. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, his 2020 plan shows he is eager to confront Congress again over the wall.
Trump's budget proposes increasing defense spending to $750 billion — and building the new Space Force as a military branch — while reducing nondefense accounts by 5 percent, with cuts recommended to economic safety-net programs used by many Americans. The $2.7 trillion in proposed spending cuts over the decade is higher than any administration in history, they say.
The budget imposes work requirements for those receiving food stamps and other government aid as part of the cutbacks. The Department of Housing and Urban Development faces a 16 percent cut and for Education, a 12 percent reduction.
Trump's budget would re-open two health care battles he lost in his first year in office: repealing "Obamacare" and limiting future federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people. Under the budget, both programs would be turned over to the states starting in 2021.
The top Democrat on the Appropriation Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said the budget is "not a serious proposal."
By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps — threatening to veto one last year — but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in the fall.
The Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, called the proposed cuts to essential services "dangerous." He said Trump added almost $2 trillion to deficits with the GOP's "tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price," the Democrat said.
In seeking $8.6 billion for more than 300 miles of new border wall, the budget request would more than double the $8.1 billion already potentially available to the president for the wall after he declared a national emergency at the border last month in order to circumvent Congress — though there's no guarantee he'll be able to use that money if he faces a legal challenge, as is expected.
The budget arrives as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration. The Democratic-led House already did so, and a handful of Republican senators, uneasy over what they see as an overreach of executive power, are expected to join Senate Democrats in following suit. Congress appears to have enough votes to reject Trump's declaration but not enough to overturn a veto.
The wall with Mexico played a big part in Trump's campaign for the White House, and it's expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort. He used to say Mexico would pay for it, but Mexico refused to do so.
CHARLESTON — On Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. the Charleston Bridge had a problem when closing to boat traffic and laying flat for street traffic.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there was an issue with the leafs of the bridge lining up when the bridge was coming back together. With the leafs out of alignment, the locking mechanism could not fully connect.
The alignment problem caused a 45 minute delay for motorists, but was quickly made safe for traffic ODOT said.