Superintendent Board Report
February 10th, 2020
Coffee with the Superintendent
On February 5, 2020 I held my second community meeting at the Hall of Champions. This time I scheduled the coffee talk immediately after the start of middle school and high school. I had the privilege of meeting with a small group of parents, representing all levels on issues such as bullying/harassment, students with special needs, communication, alternative education, and the role of Student Resource Officers in schools. A special thank you to Chief Kappelman and our SROs, Officer George and Officer Parkhurst for joining me.
Student Success Act / Student Investment Account
Our work on putting together a plan for the District’s Student Investment Account continued last week. We received our preliminary allocation of $2,076112.21 from the ODE. This amount is based upon last May’s average daily membership weighted (ADMw), which includes additional student weights for students with disabilities, students navigating poverty, and emerging bilingual students. This amount will be adjusted in May, 2020 and we are expecting that the amount will decrease by about $100,000. Our Student Success Core team meets again on February 18th and we hope to have a draft plan completed by February 24th. The draft plan will be available on the web by February 21, 2020 and a public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the North Bend City Hall chambers.
Long Range Facilities / Bond
We continue to make progress on our bond planning. We recently met to review some of the costing from the Long Range Facilities Plan and review possible questions for community-wide polling that should occur in the next couple of weeks. On Friday, Julianna and I attended OSBA’s Bonds, Ballots, and Buildings conference in Salem. That conference was a great opportunity to connect with and hear from other districts who have been successful in their bond campaigns. Our big takeaway was to make sure that we have a compelling bond story and make sure to invest the time and energy to reach and connect with voters.
On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 our District Leadership Team (DLT) was joined by Spencer Lewis, an attorney with PACE to conduct training on school level investigations. Incidents that require some type of investigation, often minor, are a daily occurrence at our schools and this type of periodic training helps ensure that we respond and address each issue with care and professionalism. While investigations are part of the day-to-day work of an administrator, it is not the type of typical training that we receive as part of our administrator preparation programs.
E-Cigarettes in School
The use of e-cigarettes has grown rapidly across the country with a report by the CDC saying more than 1 in 4 high school students have used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days. When I met with a group of students (primarily high school) at the beginning of the year, they indicated that 70% of the students at the high school were vaping. This surge in the use of e-cigarettes has also impacted teachers and students who are not smoking. Bathrooms across campus are being used to vape, causing those who don’t want to get caught with students smoking, not having access to the restroom. Teachers with classrooms near bathrooms are also complaining that the smell and chemicals of e-cigarette is causing headaches and other health concerns. In response, the district, in partnership with the North Bend Education Association is creating a Vaping Task Force to study this issue and bring forward recommendations on how to address this growing concern, including the possibility of installing vape sensors in bathrooms that alert administration and trigger hallway cameras. This task force will include teachers, classified staff, students, and administrators. While we don’t have a plan developed yet, students can start by joining the Truth Initiative, a free youth-oriented text messaging program. Students can join by texting “DITCHJUUL” to 88709, a reference to the flash drive-sized JUUL vaping device. The response messages are tailored by age, and include tips for dropping the habit.
Innovation in Teaching Award / Oregon Outstanding Music Educator Award
The Chamber Education Committee recognized Mrs. Sharon Rogers, Music Specialist at Hillcrest Elementary School, with the Innovation in Teaching Award. This award recognizes a person who is continuing to use innovative and productive methods in their teaching in a traditional or non-traditional way, uses their community to help with the teaching of students by forming partnerships and encourages critical thinking in all stages. Sharon has been in education for 16 years, the last 8 of which have been with the North Bend School District. Congratulations go to Mr. Ken Graber who recently received the Outstanding Music Educator for the state of Oregon at the Oregon Music Education Association state conference in Eugene. Ken has been teaching for 31 years on the south coast as has made a significant contribution in the lives of countless students. On behalf of the North Bend school community I want to thank Ken and Sharon for their years of service and these well deserved and earned recognitions. Their work and partnership with our other music educators has created one of the best music programs in the state. Go Bulldogs!