Candy Lane Elementary Serves Produce from Their School Garden in the Cafeteria


Recently, Candy Lane Elementary began serving produce grown at their school farm in the cafeteria. They are the first school in the district to source produce for the cafeteria from their school garden. Students will have access to tomatoes, lettuce and other greens from the garden served on the salad bar once a week.

Candy Lane Elementary partners with the Oregon nonprofit, Schoolyard Farms, to cultivate and maintain a one-acre school farm located on a portion of the schoolyard. The school farm organically grows over 40 types of fruits and vegetables and serves as an outdoor classroom for the 300+ students who visit the farm each week.

“Children involved in a school farm or garden are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and develop healthy eating habits,” said Courtney Leeds, executive director and cofounder of Schoolyard Farms.

The first day produce was available, there was a high level of excitement from both students, staff and the Schoolyard Farm team.

Oregon City School Board to Decide on Future Location for Transportation

September 3, 2014 – Handling the transportation for the schools of Oregon City School District is no small task. The current transportation facility, a former rural school at Maple Lane Court, is the hub for over 65 school buses and various maintenance vehicles. Beyond vehicle storage, the property also has a two-bay repair shop, fueling station and is home to the district's maintenance and transportation departments.

For ten years, staff have parked their personal vehicles in an adjacent lot leased by the district. However, in the near future the parking area will no longer be available for lease. In addition to the parking issue, the district is also faced with an inefficient and aging building that was never equipped to handle the current transportation department needs or meet current industry safety standards.

An expansive report completed in 2011 confirmed the district's significant need for an updated and upgraded facility. Over the past several years the Oregon City School Board has been discussing the issue and weighing options to move forward. At recent work sessions the board has reviewed three specific options:

• Option 1: Remodel the existing transportation facility on the current property. Move and build new maintenance facility elsewhere. (Estimated cost $8M.)
• Option 2: Build a new transportation facility on the current property. Move and build new maintenance facility elsewhere. (Estimated cost $9M.)
• Option 3: Build a new transportation and maintenance facility using bare land owned by the school district on High School Avenue, sell existing location. (Estimated cost $10M.)

New Supervisor at Oregon City Community Education

Oregon City, Oregon – August 28, 2014 – Oregon City School District has announced that Laura Poore will be the interim supervisor at Oregon City Community Education (OCCE). Since 2011, Poore has been helping high school students with credit recovery at the Oregon City Alternative Program (OCAP) based in the Jackson Campus.

Poore is an established educator and leader in the district with a Masters of Arts degree in Education. For the last sixteen years, Poore has been a part of the Oregon City School District team holding various positions and providing outstanding support and education for local students.

Pete Danner Selected as the Next Principal at Ogden Middle School

Oregon City, Oregon–June 26, 2014–We are very excited to welcome Pete Danner as the new Ogden Middle School Principal at Oregon City School District. Danner comes to us from the Salem-Keizer School District where he has been a middle school administrator for the past ten years, serving as principal of both Claggett Creek Middle School and, most recently, Walker Middle School.

Mr. Danner is an experienced middle school leader recognized for creating strong relationships with students and staff as well as closing the achievement gap at both Claggett Creek and Walker middle schools.

Cyndi Panko Selected as the Next Director of Special Services

Cyndi Panko has been selected as the new Director of Special Services for Oregon City School District. Cyndi comes to us from the North Clackamas School District. Her previous experience includes seven years as a School Psychologist in the Sherwood School District and nine years as a School Psychologist and Coordinator of Special Services in North Clackamas.

While in North Clackamas, Cyndi provided oversight, direction, and coordination of special education services to eleven schools, interviewed and hired all the district’s new school psychologists, conducted multiple staff trainings, and ensured compliance of special education process and law.

Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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