At Monday evening's school board meeting Oregon City School District Superintendent Dr. Roger Rada announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. The School Board plans to conduct an internal search for its next Superintendent. The board will hold a special board meeting Monday, May 17th at 5:30 to develop plans for that search.
"I am pleased with what we, as an Oregon City family, have accomplished the last several years. Nearly every indicator of student success is on the rise, and I think we've only scratched the surface of our potential to provide students and outstanding education," Rada read to the School Board Monday evening. "We've come a long way, and we have an outstanding school district. I have no doubt that the Oregon City School District will continue to be one of the best places in Oregon for children to learn."
Rada has spent 40 years in public education, eighteen of those years as a Superintendent. He has held many administrative positions and taught at the elementary, junior high and high school level. He has been Superintendent of the Oregon City School District since 2004.
"It has been an honor to have Dr. Rada lead our district these past 6 years. Since he has been in Oregon City we have made great gains, in our academic scores, graduation rates and overall morale," said Board Chair Carol Sturman. "He has lead us into a new era of education. His replacement will have a very difficult time filling his shoes, however, they will find a balanced, receptive, hard-working District."
The Oregon City Robotics Program is making a dramatic leap forward - establishing high school course offerings to support the extracurricular component of the Robotics Program through its new charter school, Clackamas Academy of Industrial Science.
"We're excited about this new partnership and believe it's the first of its kind in the nation," said superintendent Roger Rada.
Rada points out that the partnership between Robotics and the school curriculum is built on the foundation of a successful Robotics program. He indicates that the program's success can be attributed to several factors -- the support of the FIRST Robotics organization, our corporate sponsors, the professional engineers who volunteer their time to teach students skills for success, and the support of parents who give time and resources for their students to participate in this rigorous program. In addition, Rada says that the district is grateful to Roger Collier and Sean Hally for bringing this program to Oregon City, and for their leadership in developing it.
In conjunction with the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce's recent Annual Service Awards Luncheon, the Oregon City School District honored three of its own for excellence in the classroom and beyond.
Steve Becker, OCHS Math teacher, was recognized as the 2010 Teacher of Distinction. "What he's done with that classroom is to make it a college course at the high school," said Nancy Bush-Lange. "He goes way above and beyond and very much deserves the award of Teacher of Distinction."
Rose Chapin, a secretary at John McLoughlin Elementary, was recognized as the 2010 Employee of Distinction. "She is a tremendous resource. She's the voice on the end of the phone and is the first person to represent us - she meets that mark 100% of the time." She sets the bar very high and our office team is successful because of her talents. She loves Oregon City School District." said John McLoughlin Elementary Principal Carol Sanders.
Verne Ferguson, Director of Special Services, has been awarded the 2008-09 Jane Adrian Award sponsored by the Oregon City administrators. This also is an annual award recognizing employees for their leadership contributions to the district.
These are annual awards recognizing a teacher and classified staff member for their contributions to students and the district.
Additionally, Nancy Bush-Lange, OCHS principal, has been named MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year. This annual awards program honors school leaders for successes in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.
Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) which includes:
- OC Schools Get High Marks on State Report Cards, a message from the Superintendent
- OCHS Scholarships Ease the High Cost of College
- Save the Date - May 15th Annual Auction and Social
- Olympian Wins Fans at Beavercreek
- Thank You from the Foundation
- OC Teacher Brings India Back to Students
- Support Students - Come to the Auction
- Foundation Donation Form
- School Directory and Calendar
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reports, School Buses Are the Safest Form of Transportation, Roughly 700 Percent Safer then Passenger Vehicles!
It may seem hard to believe, but its true that school busses are by far the safest mode of transportation. Numerous studies agree that no passenger vehicle, even huge SUVs with their multiple airbags, safety belts, traction control, and anti-lock brakes aren't any match against the safety of school busses. School busses are safe due to various added and inherit safety features, including the best safety feature of all, the highly trained bus drivers.
While we have it great in Oregon City, bus drivers around the country do a great job of getting kids to school safely. In fact each year the nations 450,000 yellow school busses annually make 8.8 billion student trips carrying 24 million children, by the SBIC reports.
If your student gets to school in a passenger vehicle, consider giving them a chance to go the fun, the safe, and the environmentally friendly way, riding the big yellow bus!
Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.