The search for the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College entered a key phase this week with selection of a 17-member search committee by the board of education. The volunteer committee represents various public sectors as well as college students, faculty and staff. CORRECTION: The board voted unanimously to appoint the 17-member committee.
What are the leadership qualities the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College should possess to best reflect the needs of our region? In the wake of the Sept. 29 resignation of Dr. Frank Toda, who served as CGCC’s president since 2001, the public is being invited to join college faculty, staff and students next week in helping answer that question through a series of community forums.
Lori Ufford, chief academic officer at Columbia Gorge Community College, will serve as interim president while the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Frank Toda is conducted.
Improving air quality Thursday afternoon suggested North Wasco County School District may be able to resume classes Friday.
North Wasco County schools closed Thursday because of poor air quality, which reached hazardous levels Wednesday night before lowering this morning to “unhealthy” levels.
District 21 has hired Wright Public Affairs, which has managed winning campaigns for school bonds and levies in the Portland Metro area, to guide its facilities bond campaign. The hiring was announced at the North Wasco County School District 21 meeting last Thursday.
Youth and children from throughout the region are invited to a “Back to School Bash” starting at noon Saturday at the Wahtonka Campus of The Dalles High School, 220 E. 10th Street. The event is free, and backpacks with school supplies will be available, along with free haircuts, games and clothing.
The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of directors and president Dr. Frank Toda signed a “mutually acceptable separation agreement” effective Sept. 29 in a special board session Tuesday evening at The Dalles campus.
While calculus might be viewed as a daunting level of high school math, a group of students at Wahtonka Community School are approaching it in the form of an exercise challenge.
After a former school board member criticized Superintendent Wes Owens at a Sherman County school board meeting July 6, a crowd came to the next meeting, on July 10, to laud Owens. Owens was not at the July 10 meeting, where some two dozen people, including a student, parents, teachers, support staff and board members, voiced their support of him.
The first-ever appeal letter sent out by the D21 Education Foundation has so far yielded nearly $5,000 in donations from 39 people. The funds will help in a variety of areas, and similar donations previously have done things like buy specialized ovens to dry chemical samples in high school chemistry classes, or pay for computer-based programs that boost reading skills.
A poll of 400 likely voters found not quite enough support to pass a $235 million bond to replace nearly all schools in the district, the school board learned Thursday. The pollster advised hiring a consultant to run an education campaign.
Chenowith Elementary School Principal Anne Shull was named to a statewide education advisory council for a two-year term beginning in the fall.
Maupin celebrates academic accomplishments on May 25
Ty Herlocker had a memorable sendoff at the South Wasco County Spring Awards ceremony Thursday, May 25 in Maupin. The senior was awarded scholarships, earned a full ride to the University of Oregon, was awarded his National Honor Society cords, named class valedictorian and had his name called as Student of the Year, along with junior Allie Noland.
Columbia Gorge Community College will soon vote on its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and the new blueprint includes hiring four more faculty members. “Our budget is very similar in size to last year's budget,” said Rick Leibowitz, regional director of CGCC’s Small Business Development Center.