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Mayor Honors Oregon City Faculty, Staff, Principal and Former Superintendent With "Citizens of The Year" Award
Oregon City High School Faculty, Staff, Principal Nancy Bush-Lange and former Superintendent Roger Rada were honored by Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley as Citizens of the Year at an event held Saturday hosted by the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce.
Oregon City High School Staff & Faculty
The faculty and staff of OCHS have navigated declining resources while implementing successful programs for struggling students and expanding opportunities for advanced students. However, today Oregon City High School can claim to be the best high school in the state of Oregon. Since 2005 at OCHS, the number of students who have met or exceeded standards for the statewide reading exam grew from 58 percent to 95 percent; 11 points above the state average. The same dramatic increases have been made in mathematics. The number of students who have met or exceeded standards for the statewide math exam grew from 45 percent to 92 percent; 22 points above the state average.
With budget cuts looming, families and students will rally for adequate education funding Monday, Feb. 21, at the state capitol in Salem. Participants will gather at noon on the capitol steps to support Oregon legislators in protecting schools.
Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced he would propose a $5.56 billion budget for schools statewide—far less that the total spending in 2009-11, and an amount that could leave Oregon City School District with a projected budget shortfall over $9.5 million next year.
More information available at www.stand.org/or/rally
When: Monday, February 21st from 12pm to 1pm
Where: Oregon State Capital
How to attend: Organizers suggest that parents bring their children, grandchildren and a homemade sign. (Students do not have school in honor of Presidents Day.) Prepare for rain or shine, and bring lunch and water. Buses will provide transportation.
The second week in February community leaders gathered in Oregon City to hear about the current budget crisis. At the meeting they learned about the last 3 years of cuts and the projected $9.2 million dollar shortfall for next school year. The community leaders were told about a plan to go out for a local option levy. If passed the local option would help save 2 school weeks of instruction. The participants at this meeting supported asking the school board to place a local option levy on the May 17th ballot. On February 14th the school board voted unanimously to do so.
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