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"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 6,450 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.  Last fall, we adopted Journeys for English Language Arts (K-6) and updated our foreign language texts for Spanish, French, and German.  For 17-18, we purchased a new 7 – 12 science curriculum district-wide, and we added a portable “StarLab” planetarium for our elementary science program.  This will be a great addition to engage young minds in STEM.  Our district-wide elementary PE program ensures our students are healthy--moving and learning. This fits 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 2017, we are proud to announce an expansion of our TAG program to include a middle school component, the addition of orchestra at Brixner Jr. High and Mazama, and the growth of Project Lead the Way at Henley Jr. High, Brixner, and Bonanza.  KCSD will have six AVID schools in the 2017-18 school year.  We are also adding basketball to the middle school sports program starting this winter.  Our expanding partnerships with Oregon Tech and KCC continue to prepare and propel more KCSD students from 12th grade to college.
 

My Message for School Year 2017-18:

Student achievement and quality instruction remain our top priorities. They always will be. The staff in KCSD works hard to ensure 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 July 2017, the district completed its move to the renovated facility on Greensprings Drive.   This allowed KCSD to consolidate all service operations—Transportation, Maintenance, Food Service/Warehouse, Print Center, Technology, and District Administration on to one site.  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: 

  • Seismic upgrade to Peterson Elementary
  • Traffic flow and parking improvements at Ferguson Elementary
  • New six-lane track at Gilchrist School
  • Significant renovation at Bonanza School, including gym floor, due to flash flooding
  • New bleachers at Brixner Junior High School
  • Fully renovated Ag Shop area at Henley High School
  • Various concrete projects including sidewalks and plazas around KCSD
  • Completion of school-requested work orders
  • Summer crew for exterior grass and field care.
My 2017-18 Goals with the KCSD Board of Directors are:
  • Improve student achievement in the Common Core as measured by Smarter Balance
  • Continue growth and development of College and Career Opportunities
  • Emphasize our elementary writing program
  • Develop our new young teachers into master educators
  • Successful and positive negotiations with all employee groups
  • Keep maintenance momentum for improved facilities and public perception
  • Emphasis on a safe learning environment for students and employees
  • A focus on employee and student wellness to support our community’s Blue Zone efforts
  • Support the Klamath Promise Initiative
    • 100% Graduation Rate
    • College/Career Readiness
    • Early Childhood
    • Focus on Chronic Absenteeism

This is my twelfth year as superintendent.  I maintain an open door policy to staff and am readily available to parents and students via telephone, email, and appointment. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas, questions, or concerns. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you.


Sincerely,

Greg Thede
 
Greg Thede, Superintendent
541-851-8766
thedeg@kcsd.k12.or.us
Stephanie LeRoy, Executive Assistant
541-851-8767
fax 541-883-6677
leroys@kcsd.k12.or.us
 
If you are interested in how the State of Oregon has graded the Klamath County School District, click on the "School Report Card" below for a district-wide report or select a specific school in the pull-down menus.
   
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