Library named in honor of former DES teacher

Kurt Simon
Sharon Stromsness

The newly named Sharon Stromsness Library was dedicated at Dunsmuir Elementary School and a certificate presented to her during the March 18 board of trustees meeting.

Approximately 40 family members, friends and community members attended the dedication at the start of the regular monthly meeting.

Trustee Will Newman said, “This is an honor long overdue, but circumstances require us to do now what we should have done years ago.”

Listing “just a few” of the many contributions Stromsness has made to the community over the past 40-plus years, Newman pointed to her long teacher career at DES, along with her work for Mercy Auxiliary, the city library story hour, Young Readers Medal and K-1 and River Festival operettas.

He said so many of her service activities benefitted children in the community, encouraged literacy, and encouraged students to become good, ethical people. Noting that Stromsness taught for 27 years at DES, from the time the school first opened at its current site, Newman said it was fitting that the board voted to dedicate the library in her honor “because of her focus on literacy.”

The dedication was followed by cake, coffee and cookies in a classroom, where memories were shared and pictures taken.

Also during the meeting

Superintendent/principal Helen Herd went through the Local Control Accountability Plan schedule and said, “We are on schedule and on April 3rd we will have the SCOE review of our plan and then one last review for final changes.”

She mentioned the school’s Open House and Children’s Musical and Dance Presentation scheduled for April 16.

Other business

Trustees voted 5-0 to approve budget transfers to complete the 2nd Interim Report.

They voted 5-0 to approve inter-district transfers to Castle Rock School.

Herd responded to a request from parent Doug Stout to limit the number of tuna meals that he feels are occurring too frequently on the lunch menu.

She said the school’s stock of tuna was above normal for this time of year and “therefore we are using it up accordingly. However, we are also not purchasing more for this school year, as we all know how expensive tuna is.”

Herd said there are no guidelines or rules from the state regarding which protein to serve, and “tuna is an excellent source of protein, and so I move to not vote on this issue as it will work itself out and meals will become more varied with time.”

The next district board meeting is scheduled for April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the DES Learning Center.