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The Dalles High School is developing its seventh career-oriented program, health occupations, which will put it on par with Crook County High School in Prineville for the most such programs in the region.

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It would cost $70 million to repair D21 schools, and $257 million to replace them, an architect leading a long range facilities planning process for the school district said Tuesday.

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With the largest state investment in education in 30 years comes high expectations, D21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the school board Sept 26. If results aren’t achieved, she said, the money will dry up.

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Solea Kabakov was named to the D21 school board in a 4-2 vote Thursday, selected from a field of four candidates that was narrowed to three when Brian Stevens announced that he had to drop out because he was employed by the district as a coach.

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Three more people applied Thursday for the open Zone 5 position on the D21 school board. They include Josh Farris, who ran for the post in May and lost, Brian Stevens, and John Grant. They all applied the day before the application period ended. Solea Kabakov filed earlier.

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A majority of respondents to a recent survey by School District 21 said the areas most needing improvement were providing mental health services to students, achieving smaller class sizes, and getting more K-12 funding.

The survey of 237 people also found respondents wanted improvements in providing safe facilities for learning and activities, and community and parent engagement.

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So far, one person, Solea Kabakov, has applied to fill the Zone 5 vacancy on the D21 school board.

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The D21 school board in a 4-1 vote Thursday directed staff to enter into a contract with a national executive search firm to help the board find a new superintendent.

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With a record number of incoming seniors at The Dalles High School signing up for the ASPIRE program, officials are hoping to recruit more volunteers to help students access education and training beyond high school.

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D21’s first bi-lingual administrator has taken the helm at Chenowith Elementary School.

Principal Monica “Mo” Darnall comes to The Dalles from Utah, where she and her husband lived for five years, but she’s an Oregon native who has spent most of her career here.

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The fire alarm system at The Dalles High School is currently inoperable and being repaired, according to a press release from Principal Kurt Evans.

Temporarily, an around-the-clock fire watch has been established throughout the building. If there is a fire or an evacuation is ordered, an obtrusive siren will sound through the PA system with a statement to evacuate the building, Evans said. An evacuation notice will also go out to classroom phones. 

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School bus schedules for North Wasco County School District. This year's school bus schedule in The Chronicle is sponsored by: Brown Roofing www.brownroofing.com Cascade Eye www.cascadeeye.com Sky Heating https://skyheating.com/the-dalles/ Schultens Motors www.schultensmotors.com A kid…

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Bethani Frantz-Studebaker, who fended off challengers for her seat on the School District 21 board last May, announced last week she was resigning because her husband took a job in Idaho.

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About a year ago, Brian Goodwin’s doctor told him he’d have to consider not working.

“At the time I laughed,” said Goodwin, but in mid-May, he did finally leave his job as principal of Wahtonka Charter School.

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The Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is making progress toward construction of a skills center and on-campus housing. The former is intended to provide students with expanded education opportunities,  while the latter will offer 72 units of housing.

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The D21 board authorized staff last week to seek proposals from companies that could help in the search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the North Wasco County School District 21 board July 9 that staff would send out the request for proposals almost immediately. Proposals will be due July 31.