News & Announcements:

Crescent Valley Interim Principal Announced
Published on Monday, May 23, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Steve Kunke has agreed to serve as the interim principal at Crescent Valley High School to fill the vacancy created by the departure of CVHS principal Cherie Stroud. With more than 35 years of experience, Steve returns to our district as a seasoned and well-respected educational leader.

Mr. Kunke’s experience includes working as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent. He served for 22 years in the Corvallis School District, with the final 12 years as the principal at Corvallis High School. He then moved to the Greater Albany School District and worked as the assistant superintendent for 11 years. 

Although retired for nearly 4 years, Steve has remained active with special projects, including an interim post as Assistant Principal at CHS a year ago. “I have always valued education and appreciate the opportunity to stay involved, even in retirement. Cheri and her team have a good system in place and my goal is simply to support teachers and staff in the work they do to give all kids the best education possible. I am looking forward to making connections with students and excited to be a part of the Crescent Valley community.”

A formal search for the new principal for Crescent Valley High School will begin in January, 2017.

 

 

 

Corvallis School Board seeks additional public input on Local Option Levy renewal priorities
Published on Friday, May 20, 2016


Did you know that all Corvallis schools benefit from the current local option levy supported by voters? Nearly 50 teacher positions are funded by the current levy, which will expire in 2017. The school board would like to hear from more parents and community members about levy funding priorities before putting the local option levy renewal on the ballot this November. Please take a moment to complete the online survey, available through June 15. Public comment is also invited at the May 31 School Board meeting. 

Written comments may be mailed to the school board in care of Julie Catala, Board Secretary, 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, Oregon, 97333.

Sus comentarios son importantes para nosotros. Por favor dedique unos minutos a completar la siguiente encuesta. ¡Gracias! 

 

District Special Education Report Cards Available
Published on Friday, May 20, 2016

 

The Oregon Department of Education special education report card for the Corvallis School District is now available here. The report card provides a snapshot of student performance on state assessment tests compared to statewide targets and post-secondary outcomes. The report cards include data from the 2013-14 school year and specifically address outcomes for students participating in individualized education programs (IEP) due to the unique needs of a disability.

 

Budget Committee Approves 2016-17 Budget
Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

 

The Corvallis School District Budget Committee has completed their review of the proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year and has approved a final version to be presented for a vote by the school board at their June 20 meeting. The approved budget includes General Fund current requirements totaling $65.3 million, an increase of $3.9 million or 6.3 percent from 2015-16.

The approved budget represents a balanced budget that is slightly greater than the current year. It maintains current programs and supports the equity priorities of the district. With student enrollment projected to increase slightly and school district policies for contingency funds fulfilled, this year's budget committee discussion centered primarily on addressing additional contingency needs of anticipated increased costs of PERS, the Public Employee Retirement System.

Director of Finance and Operations Olivia Meyers Buch noted, "This represents the final meeting of the 2016-17 Budget Committee. We appreciate the investment of time and expertise of our citizen members and school board members. While there are uncertainties about future PERS obligations, our district is positioned well to serve the needs of our current and future students."

Details about the budget and budget process are available here.

 

2016-17 Budget Committee Meeting and Superintendent's Budget Message
Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Superintendent Erin Prince delivered a budget message (available here) at a public meeting of the Board of Directors and Budget Review Committee of the Corvallis School District on May 2, at 6:30 pm in the district board room. Additional scheduled meetings at the same location include Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 31. Those meetings also start at 6:30 pm. More information about the proposed budget and the budget process are available here

 

Ryan Noss Selected as Interim Superintendent
Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 

The school board voted to hire Ryan Noss, currently the Director of Teaching and Learning, during a regular board meeting on May 9. The interim superintendent appointment will begin July 1, 2016. 

School Board Chair Chris Rochester noted how important and valuable it was for the board to receive input from staff and the community on the desired qualities of the superintendent. He emphasized the high quality of our internal candidates and that it was a difficult decision, with both demonstrating essential leadership strengths. The board’s priority was to hire the best match to sustain and advance the district’s goals to maintain an equity focus in resource allocation and to help every student reach their highest potential.

With input from building leaders and staff, parents, and the community, the interview process was conducted and board members selected Mr. Noss to serve in this interim role. The transition into his new role will begin immediately with outgoing Superintendent Prince. Please join us in welcoming our new interim superintendent.

 

School Board Approves 2016-17 School Calendar
Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 

On April 26, 2016, the School Board voted unanimously to approve the school district calendar for elementary, middle, and high schools for the 2016-17 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and the school year will end on June 16, 2017. Additional days have been scheduled as possible weather make-up days including February 20, and June 19 - 23.  Calendars are available here.

 

School Calendar update: Last day of school schedule change
Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 

June 16 is the last day of the 2015/16 school year and was originally communicated as a full school day on the calendar. This is typically a day for teachers and students to celebrate and say their goodbyes for the summer. After further review of instructional hours and the 2015-16 calendar, we have determined that the last day of school will follow a two hour early release schedule. 

Un aviso del Calendario escolar: Un cambio del horario para el último día de la escuela

El 16 de junio es el último día de la escuela y originalmente fue comunicado a Uds. Que sería un día entero/completo en el calendario. Típicamente, es un día para los maestros y los estudiantes para celebrar y decir adiós a sus compañeros para el verano. Después de revisar aún más las horas de instrucción y el calendario de 2015-16, los líderes del distrito decidieron que el ultimo día de la escuela no será un día entero/completo sino un día donde los estudiantes salen dos horas temprano. 


 

Superintendent Accepts Position with Chalkboard Project
Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Superintendent Erin Prince has accepted a position as Vice President of Education Policy for the Chalkboard Project of Foundations for a Better Oregon, a non-profit whose mission is to create systemic reform in Oregon’s K-12 public schools. She will remain as superintendent until August 15 when she begins her new role. Superintendent Prince has served Corvallis public schools since 2011 and the most notable accomplishment in the district during her tenure has been a transformational improvement in graduation rates and the implementation of the fifth year program, Running Start. When she joined the district, four year graduation rates were 67.5% and have steadily climbed to a new high of 86% last year. The fifth year completion rate grew from 83% in 2011 to 93% last year.   

Other key areas of focus under her leadership have included a more inclusive instructional approach for students in special education programs, an emphasis on targeted interventions for students not meeting grade level benchmarks and the adoption of AVID, a program whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success in a global society.

“I am continually inspired by the commitment that I see in the staff at all of our schools. I’m proud that our graduation rates have jumped and more importantly, that every group of historically under served students (students of color, English language learners, students with disability, and economically disadvantaged students) increased by double-digit percentage points for on-time graduation,” Superintendent Prince shared with her staff on Tuesday. “We are shifting how we approach the delivery of education in our special education and English language learner programs by removing the silos and supporting co-teaching models, building capacity for instructional leadership, and expanding professional development supports for our teachers, assistants, and specialists. Together we have found strength in collaboration and while we still have much to do, our students are showing growth and feeling the care and dedication to their success.”

The school board will schedule a public meeting later this month to decide a process for hiring a new superintendent. The school district’s leadership team will carry forward with the school district’s focus to close the opportunity gap, ensure that every student shows growth and that every student is a graduate.

 

School District Vaccination Rates Available
Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016

New school health legislation went into effect this year requiring publication of school district immunization rates to be available to parents. Vaccination rates for Corvallis schools are available here.

 

Los índices de vacunación de las escuelas están disponibles La nueva ley sobre la salud en las escuelas entró en vigor este año requiriendo que los índices de inmunización del distrito escolar se publiquen y estén disponibles para los padres de familia. Los índices de vacunación para las escuelas de Corvallis están disponibles aquí.

 

 

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Erin Prince’s monthly report to the school board about what’s happening in the Corvallis School District.

"Superintendent's Report 04-11-16" - Posted Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 03-07-16" - Posted Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 02-08-16" - Posted Friday, February 12, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 1-19, 2016" - Posted Friday, January 22, 2016

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