Education



Parent questions lack of grant

As the Nov. 6 vote approaches on a $235 million bonding authority to replace four schools, a local woman caused a stir on social media last weekend questioning the district’s decision not to seek a $4 million matching grant for the project. A district official said North Wasco County School District 21 tried but failed to get two smaller planning grants that would’ve helped the district create the extensively detailed reports necessary to seek the larger grant.

October 16, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..


School Bond: Assessment questioned

Wasco County Assessor Jill Amery sent out a press release last week to explain how passage of a measure to fund new schools would affect property taxes, but her description is being disputed by school officials and supporters of the bond levy. Amery’s account of how Measure 33-98 would play out is refuted by Randy Anderson, chief financial officer for North Wasco County School District 21, and Dr. Analene Pentopolous, chair of the Strong Community Schools committee, proponents of the bond.

October 16, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..
  

Brown unveils school plans

Gov. Kate Brown released her seven-step education policy agenda on Monday, components of which will be included in her proposed 2019-21 state budget, her spokeswoman said. “The governor strongly believes that in order to effect change for Oregon’s students, a multi-pronged approach is vital,” said Kate Kondayen, a press secretary in Brown’s office.

August 28, 2018 1:12 p.m. read more..


Sherman has new Hall members

The Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the Friday, Sept. 28, home football game against Enterprise High School.

August 24, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..


D21 bond backers kick off effort

Some 50 people attended the kickoff event Aug. 4 for supporting the $235 million bond measure that goes before voters in November to replace four schools in The Dalles. Phil Brady, a teacher at the high school, said the group was participating in something historic. “There’s not many times when something this big gets started.”

August 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..


Goodwin touts Wahtonka

Brian Goodwin, principal/teacher of Wahtonka Community School, agrees with naysayers that the school is a dangerous place to be — but hear him out. It’s only dangerous, he said, to apathy and to kids graduating without real skills.

August 14, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


Cronin settles in as CGCC president

It’s been a busy month for Dr. Marta Cronin, the new president at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC): She’s moved across the U.S., from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to The Dalles, which included a road trip of 3,100 miles. A month on the job, she has settled in, found a place to call home, and attended her first board meeting.

August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..


Community school gets $2M grant

The good news just keeps coming for Wahtonka Community School officials. First they achieved a long-standing goal of becoming a charter school. Then they got a $2 million grant.

August 10, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..


D21 approves bond measure language

Taking a key step toward the November school facilities bond election, the D21 school board unanimously approved the official language for the $235 million measure Aug. 6.

August 10, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..


District 21 to sell 70 acres

D21 earlier this year surplussed 70 of its 100 acres of property in Columbia View Heights, retaining 30 acres for a possible future school site. By doing so, Northern Wasco County School District 21 can now sell the property, said D21 CFO Randy Anderson. But that step is quite a ways off, he said.

August 7, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..


English classes offered this summer

English classes for speakers of other languages are being offered this summer by Columbia Gorge Community College. Classes are scheduled in the college’s Hood River – Indian Creek Campus for all levels on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m.

July 17, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..


Fall registration begins at community college

Fall registration at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) began July 9 for returning students and July 11 for new students. Classes start Monday, Sept. 24, and the college encourages prospective students to register as early as possible.

July 13, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


District 21 seeks better scheduling

Coaches met with the D21 school board in late June in hopes of creating a better system for using school and community sports facilities. They left with a goal of better communication, a plan to explore scheduling software that is more user friendly for both coaches and building administrators, and possibly centralized scheduling.

July 13, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

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