The Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (CAIS) and Oregon City School District were recently awarded $315,388 from the Oregon Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant. The funds will be used to revitalize a former shop space at the former Oregon City High School campus and to create NexGen Manufacturing, a student- run business.
“We are extremely pleased that CAIS, industry partners, Clackamas Community College and the District all came together to seek and be awarded these highly competitive grant funds”, said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “Courses created as a result of this grant will create a seamless career pathway leading to certifications for local high-wage and high demand jobs.”
The Oregon City Community Education (OCCE) program will also be enhanced due to this grant. OCCE will partner with CAIS to provide students access to the new equipment and provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrichment activities to students across the district.
“Oregon City has another gem to add to its high school programs,” said Ginger Redlinger, OCCE and STEM Program Administrator. “CAIS is revitalizing the machine shop, adding a fourth year of STEM courses, and preparing students for engineering degrees while providing business expertise.”
Oregon City School District has announced that Wes Rogers, the current CFO/Business Manager, will take over as the Director of Operations. Ted Thonstad, currently the Director of Operations, recently announced his plan to retire.
“I have greatly enjoyed my time as the Business Manager, but I’m excited about this new opportunity” said Rogers. “I will strive to provide great operations for our district that support our students, staff and community.”
The Operations Department is responsible for overseeing Nutrition Services, Facilities Services, Technology Services, Community Education and Transportation.
"I am confident that Wes will provide great leadership and strategic visioning for the Operations of the district,” said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “Wes has a long history of providing fantastic support and financial prudence.”
The district is currently seeking to fill the position of CFO/Business Manager. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for the position.
Director of Operations, Ted Thonstad, recently announced his retirement after 6 years of service to Oregon City Schools. In total he worked in education for over 12 years. When asked what he will miss the most his quick response was, “I will miss the outstanding group of administrators, supervisors, teachers, and support staff committed to the wonderful students of Oregon City”.
The list of projects that Mr. Thonstad helped with during his time in here is long. Two notable projects were the huge district wide energy conservation overhaul and the middle school reconfiguration. Working with building administrators, maintenance and custodial staffs Mr. Thonstad helped to implement a plan to greatly reduce energy consumption and save general fund dollars. The middle school reconfiguration required all teams to come together and create massive change in a very short period of time.
"Ted is ready for a new pace of life”, said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “Ted has been an incredible asset to the district. He is a dedicated public servant and devoted student advocate. No one could be more deserving of a retirement.”
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released its school report cards for the 2012-13 school year. These report cards have undergone extensive redesign.
The report card formats include:
- Letter from principal or superintendent
- School and district profile
- Overall rating
- Academic progress over time
- Outcomes by student groups
- Information on curriculum and learning environment
Earlier this week, the Oregon Legislature voted to approve an increase of $100 million for Oregon schools, as well as measures that will reduce ongoing employee retirement costs for schools and other public services.
The added funds amount to just over a one percent increase in school funding statewide. This boosts state school funding from $6.55 billion to $6.65 billion this biennium (2013-15), setting an important baseline as the State plans school funding for 2015-17.
Legislative leaders decided to focus the state funding increase in the 2014-15 fiscal year only, and urge school districts to spend the money on added teachers, school days and lower class sizes. For Oregon City School District, this will likely mean the ability to restore a full school calendar in 2014-15, or at least get very close.
We are grateful for this extraordinary support of public education. While this week's vote does not solve Oregon’s school funding problems, or help districts add back all the programs and staff that have been cut as state support has declined over years, it is another important step in the right direction toward stable and adequate K-12 funding in Oregon.
Oregon City, Oregon – August 13, 2013 – Oregon City School District has announced that Ginger Redlinger, the current principal at McLoughlin Elementary, will take over as the Community Education department supervisor and the leader of the district’s new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Lisa Normand, currently the Community Education Supervisor, will be the next principal at McLoughlin Elementary School.
Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.