Port of Allyn, NM School District begin talks on Theler Center

Arla Shephard, June 21, 2015, Kitsap Sun

The North Mason School District will enter into negotiations with the Port of Allyn regarding the port’s proposal to manage the district’s Mary E. Theler Community Center in Belfair.

 

While school board members and Superintendent Dana Rosenbach expressed some reservations about elements of the port’s proposal, the board directed Rosenbach to start negotiating with the port at the board’s Thursday meeting.

 

The port proposed managing the financially strapped Theler Center over the course of three one-year leases, with the option to transfer ownership of the center to the port at the end of those three years.

 

Rosenbach said she felt the option to transfer Theler’s ownership to the port at the end of three years sounded too much like a certainty, as the proposal is written now.

 

“We may decide this isn’t the best partnership,” she said, “… and we need to have flexibility on that point.”

 

The school district owns the Mary E. Theler Community Center, deeded to the district through Sam Theler’s 1968 will but decided to call for proposals to manage the center after the nonprofit leasing the center became financially insolvent in 2013.

 

At the beginning of June, an advisory committee on Theler recommended that the superintendent begin negotiations with the Port of Allyn, which was the only entity to submit a formal proposal.

 

Rosenbach spoke with legal counsel regarding the port’s proposal and was advised that the proposal was a starting point.

 

“The proposal is the first step,” she said. “(The committee’s) recommendation was that we continue the conversation … to get something that is more mutually agreeable to the both of us.”

 

Further discussion also will be needed regarding who is responsible for major and minor repairs to Theler, Rosenbach said.

 

“I like the three one-year leases,” school board member Dinah Griffey said. “It’s not going to be perfect, but … I think we’re on the right track.”

Arla Shephard, June 21, 2015, Kitsap Sun

Arla Shephard, June 21, 2015, Kitsap Sun

The North Mason School District will enter into negotiations with the Port of Allyn regarding the port’s proposal to manage the district’s Mary E. Theler Community Center in Belfair.

 

While school board members and Superintendent Dana Rosenbach expressed some reservations about elements of the port’s proposal, the board directed Rosenbach to start negotiating with the port at the board’s Thursday meeting.

 

The port proposed managing the financially strapped Theler Center over the course of three one-year leases, with the option to transfer ownership of the center to the port at the end of those three years.

 

Rosenbach said she felt the option to transfer Theler’s ownership to the port at the end of three years sounded too much like a certainty, as the proposal is written now.

 

“We may decide this isn’t the best partnership,” she said, “… and we need to have flexibility on that point.”

 

The school district owns the Mary E. Theler Community Center, deeded to the district through Sam Theler’s 1968 will but decided to call for proposals to manage the center after the nonprofit leasing the center became financially insolvent in 2013.

 

At the beginning of June, an advisory committee on Theler recommended that the superintendent begin negotiations with the Port of Allyn, which was the only entity to submit a formal proposal.

 

Rosenbach spoke with legal counsel regarding the port’s proposal and was advised that the proposal was a starting point.

 

“The proposal is the first step,” she said. “(The committee’s) recommendation was that we continue the conversation … to get something that is more mutually agreeable to the both of us.”

 

Further discussion also will be needed regarding who is responsible for major and minor repairs to Theler, Rosenbach said.

 

“I like the three one-year leases,” school board member Dinah Griffey said. “It’s not going to be perfect, but … I think we’re on the right track.”

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