Superintendent Board Report
March 9, 2020
On Sunday Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for the purpose of bringing additional resources to the state’s response. It is our hope that this declaration doesn’t change anything we are doing. We continue to emphasize personal handwashing and are doing our best to clean and sanitize frequently touched spaces. Our bus company is sanitizing buses after routes and we are in the process of updating our disease response plan in the event a student or employee is suspected to have the virus. We will continue to evaluate how we are addressing concerns and sanitizing in coordination with state and local health officials.
There was a case of the virus reported in Douglas County this weekend so we know the threat is getting closer to home. You have seen the communications the district has been sending home and we are posting regular updates on our website and actively trying to address rumors and inaccurate information.
Happy Birthday Dr.Seuss
My highlight of 2020 so far was my recent invitation to Hillcrest Elementary to read some Dr. Seuss favorites of mine to the students in second grade. March 2nd is Read Across America Day and was first celebrated in 1998. In 1997 the National Education Association wanted a day to celebrate reading and encourage children all over the United States to read. A thank you to the Hillcrest second grade team for their invitation and hospitality.
We received updated costing from BRIC regarding our long-range facility planning process and bond polling is happening this week. We should receive some polling results in the next couple of weeks and will schedule a board update for March 30 or April 13.
I am working with a group of high school staff to put together an Alternative Education plan for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. On February 25 and 26 a group of seven of us visited Alt. Ed. programs in Corvallis, Albany, Salem, Bethel, and Eugene and came away with a lot of ideas as we develop our own plan to meet the growing demand for alternative pathways in our district. Our planning group is scheduled to present a plan to the board later this spring.
OSAA 3A State Tournament
The district had the pleasure to co-host the 2020 3A State Girls and Boys Basketball tournament which saw 16 teams come to town to compete for a state title. This year the eight girls teams that qualified were all from public schools - this classification has a lot of private school participation so that was pretty remarkable. On the boys side five of the eight were represented by private schools. This event became even more interesting on day one where all four top boy’s seeds lost in the opening round. The boys final included #10 ranked Cascade Christian vs. #9 Oregon Episcopal, with the OES Aardvarks squeaking out a 35-33 win. The girls final featured Sutherlin and Clatskanie with the Lady Tigers of Clatskanie winning 51-40. A special thank you to Mike Forrester, the 3A planning team and the hundreds of community volunteers from North Bend and Coos Bay that came together to make this event a success!