Oregon Legislature Increases 2014-15 School Funding

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.

Administrative Changes to Support STEM Education Beginning this Fall

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.

Volunteers Improve School Grounds as Part of Service Project

On April 27th, volunteers from all over the community came together to provide some landscaping TLC for Oregon City Schools. The District Office, Candy Lane Elementary, Gardiner Middle School, and the Jackson Campus all received a landscaping makeover along with various outdoor improvements.

"I was thrilled by the amount of volunteers that came out to help and was impressed by all that was accomplished," said Ted Thonstad, Director of Operations.

A special thanks to the Three Rivers District Boy and Cub Scouts, B & B Leasing, Rotary Club, Lions Club, SOLV and everyone that donated their time and support. The school district's maintenance crew was responsible for helping to prepare and coordinate the generous volunteer support.

"All of the volunteers were amazing and the work that was completed looks great," said Mike Riseling, Facilities Services Supervisor.

All four locations received weeding, cleaning, and new bark dust. Gardiner Middle School received pressure washing and got a fresh coat of paint on the football goal posts. Candy Lane Elementary had blackberry bushes removed and the windows were cleaned. The District Office got fresh new sod, blackberry bushes removed, bushes trimmed and had an irrigation system installed. Take a drive by and you’ll notice the improvements.

April Albers Selected as Redland’s Next Elementary School Principal

We are happy to announce that April Albers will be the next principal at Redland Elementary School. Mrs. Albers moved to Oregon City with her family in 2008 and started as a bilingual teacher at Candy Lane Elementary. For the last four years she has been the district Math Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA).

"I am confident that she will be an outstanding leader at Redland,” said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “She is widely respected for providing outstanding curriculum and instruction leadership in the area of mathematics and coaching for K-8 teachers.”

While teaching in Fort Collins Mrs. Albers was honored as Colorado Math Teacher of the Year. She has been an active leader in our Title 1 school wide planning process, and as the Math TOSA, has worked with teachers across the district helping to elevate math proficiency.

Redland Elementary Principal Retiring

Redland Elementary School principal, Cindy Fillis will be retiring at the end of the school year. Mrs. Fillis has dedicated herself to students and the district for 31 years, racking up a long list of accomplishments along the way. During her career she has been a classroom teacher, physical education teacher, coach, student manager, principal and done great work as part of various committees.

When asked what she will miss the most her quick response was, "the kids of course". She went on to say she "has loved the passion, dedication, and service to students that all staff show on a daily basis regardless of what the financial climate holds. In my 31 years, we’ve always done more with less because in our hearts we know it’s what’s best for our kids and it's why we chose education as our careers.”

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