SEASIDE — Cannon Beach resident Patrick Nofield was appointed to the Seaside School Board Tuesday night.

Nofield, co-owner and president of Escape Lodging, will fill the vacancy created by Nancy Hauger, who resigned from the board last month. A board member for 11 years, Hauger plans to move to Seattle to be closer to her grandchildren.

Her term ends June 30, 2015.

Nofield has served on several local and state boards, including the Oregon Tourism Commission, where he served as chairman. He also has been involved in the effort to establish a charter school in Cannon Beach.

In other business Tuesday night, the school board heard a report from Dan Gaffney on Clatsop County’s first Early Childhood Health and Education Clinic. Gaffney, who retired as principal from Seaside Heights Elementary School last year, is involved in the county’s campaign to prepare children from preschool through third grade for school.

Gaffney said the clinic, held last May at the county fairgrounds and at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, examined 134 children. Screenings included height and weight, blood pressure and temperature, developmental skills, vision, hearing, speech, dental, behavior, nutrition and immunizations.

Follow-up exams or re-screenings were suggested for:

• medical exam: 14 percent of the children

• hearing: 22 percent

• speech: 25 percent

• vision: 59 percent.

Gaffney said the vision test results might be high because age-appropriate examination tools weren’t used and some children may have found it difficult to cooperate with the exam. About 54 percent of the participating parents had a doctor or another primary caregiver.

Parents told Gaffney they would like to see the clinics continue. Another is planned early this year, he told the board.


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