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