"Inspiring today's students to meet tomorrow's challenges"
Welcome to the Klamath County School District (KCSD)--Oregon's largest geographical school district. I am honored to serve as Superintendent, and I am excited to be part of a fine educational organization. Our district health and efficiency has been enhanced by three consecutive years of enrollment growth.
KCSD provides a K-12 education for approximately 6,300 students in 23 schools: 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 6 high schools, 2 K-12 schools, 1 alternative school, and 1 charter school. The district employs approximately 800 licensed and classified staff. Our schools serve as the social hub for 7 distinct communities in our county. The geography of the district presents challenges which are unique in our state. For example, in order to cover the distances involved in supporting our students, our bus drivers log more than a million miles per year!
Our district features a comprehensive academic curriculum which focuses on student achievement in literacy, math, and writing. In 2015-16, we added new math curriculum in grades K-5 (Engage New York) and in high school algebra (Big Idea Math). This fall for 2016-17, we have adopted Journeys for English Language Arts (K-6) and updated our foreign language texts for Spanish, French, and German. Our district-wide elementary PE program insures our students are healthy--moving and learning. This has fit perfectly with our community’s Blue Zones Project. Our middle school and high school curriculum maintains the district focus on student achievement. KCSD students receive quality instruction in the core academic areas and have available a full range of course electives. Students who graduate from our schools are well prepared and successful in higher education, the military, and the work force.
For the fall of 2016 we are proud to announce two new college and career programs: STEM&M (Mazama HS and OIT) and Aerospace Engineering (Henley High School, Oregon Air National Guard, OIT, and Boeing). Along with our Advanced Diploma Program and the 2016 implementation of the Oregon Promise, these programs continue to prepare and help propel more of our KCSD students from 12th grade to college.
My Message for School Year 2016-2017
Student achievement and quality instruction remains priority number one. It always will be. The staff in KCSD works hard to insure that our students are well prepared in math, writing, reading, science, technology, and career related skills. Our principals, teachers, classroom support professionals, and students are focused on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the deeper thinking and analysis required in achieving these standards.
In May 2013, the voters of Klamath County approved a school bond of $31million. The centerpiece of the bond has been construction of a new Henley Elementary School. The new school opened in January 2016. Other projects funded with bond proceeds include major renovations at Stearns Elementary (summer 2014) and Chiloquin High School (summer 2014). Peterson Elementary School (summers 2015 and 2016), Ferguson Elementary School (summer 2015 and summer 2017), and Shasta Elementary School (summer 2015) were remodeled/renovated. All bond projects are due for completion by the summer of 2017. Regular updates on progress, completion, and expenditures are provided to the Bond Oversight Committee to ensure transparency.
In October 2014, the district purchased a facility on Greensprings Drive which will allow KCSD to consolidate all of our service operations—Transportation, Maintenance, Food Service/Warehouse, Print Center, Technology, and District Administration. As we start SY 2016-17, Transportation, Maintenance, Technology, Food Service/Warehouse, and the Print Center have fully relocated to the new site. District Administration is expected to move into the new facility by January 2017. Benefits of this consolidation include much needed modernization for many of the departments previously located on Summers Lane and significant energy savings and operational efficiency.
Separate from the KCSD Facility Bond projects, it is important to recognize the efforts that have been made by our district Maintenance Staff over this summer. Significant projects this summer include:
My 2016-17 Goals with the KCSD Board of Education are:
- Improvements to restrooms at Lost River Jr/Sr High School.
- Renovation and retrofitting of the Greensprings District Operational Center.
- Plumbing/repiping at Henley Middle School.
- Remodeling of the KCSD Transition House on Hwy 39.
- Various concrete projects including sidewalks and plazas around KCSD.
- Electrical work.
- Completion of school-requested work orders.
- Summer crew for exterior grass and field care.
- Continued growth inStudent achievement in the Common Core as measured with Smarter Balance
- Completion of the KCSD Bond Program—student and staff facilities
- Expanded growth and development of College and Career Opportunities for our students
- Expanded emphasis on energy management and savings—this saves now AND into the future
- Support for Priority and Focus Schools
- Continued emphasis on safety— employees and our students
- Support for the Collaboration Grant
- Supporting the Klamath Promise Initiative
- 100% Graduation RateCollege/Career Readiness
- Early ChildhoodEmphasis reducing Chronic Absenteeism
- Support of Staff and Student Wellness
- More KCSD schools becoming Blue Zone certified
This is my eleventh year as superintendent. I maintain an open door policy to staff and am readily available to parents and students via phone calls, email, and appointment. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas, questions, or concerns. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you.