This week is teacher appreciation week.
Teachers change the lives of children every day and while this year wasn’t virtual, I’ve been told by a lot of our teachers and staff that this has been one of the hardest years of their career. I feel super fortunate to be the superintendent of North Bend and work with this amazing group of teachers. I have a poem to share called “Teachers” by Kevin William Huff, author off the website Pick Me Up Poetry.
Paint their minds
and guide their thoughts
Share their achievements
and advise their faults
Inspire a Love
of knowledge and truth
As you light the path
Which leads our youth
For our future brightens
with each lesson you teach
Each smile you lengthen
Each goal you help reach
For the dawn of each poet
each philosopher and king
Begins with a Teacher
And the wisdom they bring.
National School Nurse Day
Wednesday, May 11th is National School Nurse Day and is a day for people to show appreciation for nurses who are serving in our schools.
Dedicated Nurse Assistants
Danielle Howard – North Bend High School
Cheri Allison – North Bend Middle School
Kendra Foltz – Hillcrest Elementary
Cindy Fry – North Bay Elementary
These six individuals have worked hard to keep our schools, kids, and staff safe. While COVID has added to the complexity of being a school nurse, the day-to-day responsibilities have continued which include dispensing daily medications, overseeing health protocols, and of course illnesses, injuries, and the occasional bump and bruise. I’ve already shared one poem and thought everyone would appreciate this Shel Silverstein classic, “Band Aid.”
I have a Band-Aid on my finger,
One on my knee, and one on my nose,
One on my heel, and two on my shoulder,
Three on my elbow, and nine on my toes.
Two on my wrist, and one on my ankle,
One on my chin, and one on my thigh,
Four on my belly, and five on my bottom,
One on my forehead, and one on my eye.
One on my neck, and in case I might need 'em
I have a box full of thirty-five more.
But oh! I do think it's sort of a pity
I don't have a cut or a sore!
HB 4030 Retention and Recruitment
We are all well aware of the challenges of the past two years and our employees have stepped up in a big way to fill in gaps, teach during their prep, take on additional duties as well as cover duties for staff who are out sick and we didn’t have a substitute.
Efforts to recruit, employ, and retain a high quality, diverse workforce fall short when the profession itself is in crisis, as evidenced by staffing shortages across the state and calls for change from staff, students, and communities.
In response to these needs the legislature passed HB 4030 which provides $78 million in grants to support retention and recruitment of K-12 educators and other support personnel in schools across Oregon. The legislative and executive intent of these funds is to use them for strategies identified and prioritized through involvement of school personnel to:
● Address high need specialties and workforce shortage areas for both classified and licensed staff;
● Build on existing efforts which address root causes of workforce attrition while responding to urgent needs; and
● Diversify the workforce, as well as ensure every educator and staff member can meet the academic and well-being needs of students, particularly students from historically and persistently underserved groups.
ODE has stated clearly that there is no one-size-fits all solution to recruitment and retention challenges and we have been told that maximum flexibility will be provided to districts. The North Bend School District is eligible to receive $302,310 for the 2022-2023 school year based upon an ADMW formula, with no guarantees of additional funding in the upcoming biennium. In addition, Oregon Virtual Academy will receive $212,736 in 2022-2023.
The eligible categories of how recipients can spend the funds are:
Data collection and root cause analysis.
Reducing persistent local workforce shortages.
Supportive working conditions.
Local or regional career pathways.
Education pre-service and in-service training.
New staff support.
School-level structural conditions.
We will be working with our administration team on some initial thoughts and engaging our classified and certified union in further discussion. We are required to submit an application by May 31, 2022.