Facing Declining Enrollment and Rising Costs, Oregon City School Board Preparing to Make Tough Choices to Close Budget Shortfalls

Information shared at Monday night's school board meeting indicates that the Oregon City School District could be facing major budget shortfalls for the next two school years.

"As with a lot of people right now we're having to tighten our belt," says Superintendent Roger Rada. "With enrollment down and the increased cost of doing business, we have some tough decisions to make."

The state allocates funding on a per student basis and with current enrollment declines for the district those dollars add up quickly. For example, this year's enrollment is 62 fewer students than expected resulting in a loss of $372,000 in state funding. Over the last four years the district has lost nearly $3.6 million in revenue due to declining enrollment. Add to the equation increased expenditures due to rising utility costs and the cost of maintaining aging facilities as well as an economy in recession and you quickly have a significant financial challenge.

"The projections are not best-case or worst-case scenarios," Rada says. "They're conservatively realistic." Rada is quick to note that the district is fortunate to have a business manager who's been with the district for more than twenty years and has a great understanding of the district's financial history and Oregon school finance. "As we prepare to make some difficult decisions it's good to know we have someone of Wes Rogers' expertise to support our decision-making process."

The district began to feel the financial pinch last year when it made reductions to its budget and used one-time sources of revenue that together added up to a nearly $2.2 million impact on its budget. The district is out of one-time revenues and may need to make reductions of nearly $5 million in next year's budget in order to get ahead of the financial downturn.

The district's budget committee will begin meeting in January with public information and input sessions slated for February. The School Board typically adopts the final budget in May.

For more information, visit http://www.orecity.k12.or.us/school_board

New School and Childcare Immunization Requirements for 2008-2009 School Year

Oregon law requires the following shots for school and child care attendance*

A child entering Preschool, Child Care, or Head Start needs:

  • 4 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 3 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 1 Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A—New Requirement!!
  • 3 or 4 Hib

A child entering Kindergarten needs:

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 Measles
  • 1 Mumps
  • 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A—New Requirement!!

A student entering Grade 1-6 or Grade 8-12 needs:

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 Measles
  • 1 Mumps
  • 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B

A student entering 7th Grade needs:

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 1 Tdap—New Requirement!!
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 Measles
  • 1 Mumps
  • 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B

* Doses required varies by a child’s age and how long ago they were vaccinated. Please check with your child’s school or healthcare provider for details.

If you have any questions you can call your child’s doctor, school or district health services.

Download a printable Immunization flyer (PDF)

New Principal Named for Beavercreek Elementary School

Scott Curtis, 39, has been named the new principal of Beavercreek Elementary School. Curtis comes to Beavercreek from St. Helens Middle School, where he was principal. Prior to that he was the assistant principal at McBride Elementary School in St. Helens. He has taught science, math and physical education at several schools in Oregon and California and was a youth pastor at Northside Community Church in Newberg. He earned a BS in physical education teaching from George Fox University in 1991 and returned there for his MAT in elementary education which he earned in 1994. He and his wife are the proud parents of three.

"I'm really looking forward to getting to know the families of Beavercreek and continuing the great work that was being accomplished under (retiring principal) Roberta's (Stennick's) leadership" Curtis says.

Custodial Training Classes A Success

Thank you to local businesses for their support!!

This year's classes were held at the Jackson Campus and included trainings on Playground Hazard Assessment, General Hazard Assessment, First Aid/CPR, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Asbestos Awareness, Lockout/Tagout, Hazard Communication, Blood borne Pathogens, HVAC Systems, Floor Cleaning and Floor Waxing. There was also a customer service class presented by Clackamas Community College. The custodial training classes this year were a great success, with help from some very generous donations from the following local businesses.

Mazatlan Restaurant - Oregon City
Haggens - Oregon City
The Grocery Outlet - Oregon City
Shari's Restaurant - Oregon City
Subway - Oregon City
The Olive Garden - Clackamas
Winchell's - Gladstone
Sodexho - School Nutrition Services Program

Thank you to everyone who helped make our training classes a success!!

New Employee Insurance Plans Selected

New insurance plans have been selected for all current and retired staff! Please review the new plans and start to think about which option you will want. Open enrollment will start August 18, 2008 and will conclude September 12, 2008. Workshops will be offered in August and September.

To see the plans visit the new Insurance page.

Oregon City Service Learning Academy Now Accepting Applications

Oregon City Service Learning Academy, a district operated charter high school, is now accepting applications for the 2008-09 school year.

UpFront Newsletter Summer 2008

Download the Newsletter below which includes:

  • Physical education is one key to wellness
  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Improved Technology boost learning
  • Charter Schools expand learning options
  • Oregon City Service Learning Academy forges community ties
  • New show wows Oregon City Viewers
  • Safety First: children's well-being is a top priority
  • School Directory and Calendar

Also just released is the Community Education schedule for Summer 2008

UpFront Newsletter Summer 2008 (PDF)

Community Education Summer 2008 (PDF)

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

Early Childhood Education and Child Care

School Supply Drive

Each year your donations to the KGW school supply drive helps our students get the supplies they need. Visit their website to learn more. 

In The News

"High School students in the Oregon City School District continued to outperform statewide averages for math, science and reading"
Oregon City 2013 test scores: Schools outperform state averages. The Oregonian

"The nonprofit group Earth Crusaders and the Oregon City School District teamed up under an Oregon City Metro Enhancement Grant to improve their town." Earth Crusaders, school district beautify OC. Clackamas Review

"An independent national study compares school districts across Oregon and the nation for efficient cost management and effectiveness in student achievement."  Oregon City School District Gets Top Rating for Effective, Efficient schools

"They point to places such as Oregon City, where nearly every student demonstrates an ability to write cogently and correctly" The Writing Imperative. The Oregonian

"Once again, Oregon City and Forest Grove high schools posted much higher passing rates on the math exam than schools with far fewer minority and low-income students"  Test scores show Oregon high schoolers lost ground in writing, math and science. The Oregonian


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