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At their meeting on February 8, the Jefferson 14J School Board received a $5,000 check from the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) for local student scholarships.
The Board was one of six statewide that qualified for the funds under a new OSBA initiative known as the Promise Scholarship Program. Each board completed a five-step process including a board project, superintendent and board self-evaluations, participation in “The Promise of Oregon” campaign, and individual board member development (or a second board project).
Steve Kelley, OSBA’s director of board development, said participating boards had made a long-term investment in students’ success. “This program helps students both by providing scholarship funds and investing in board member training,” Kelley said. “Stronger boards are better prepared to face today’s education challenges.”
Stephen Beaudoin, chairman of the Multnomah ESD, said the program had been timely and beneficial. “The work we did to align the board around key goals and metrics for the year – the first time in several years of transition and turnover in which this has happened – was especially timely given the (hiring) of our new superintendent,” he said.
The selected boards are responsible for awarding student scholarships to one or more students by a method of their choosing.
The Promise campaign, which debuted in November 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state’s 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates.
OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, ESDs and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Winter weather can present some real challenges for school districts. Many factors have to be considered when making a decision that impacts the safety of our students and staff. Sometimes that decision does not quite fit with the situation as you see it; but you can always trust that the safety of all students and staff is at the heart of every decision.
Although conditions may not appear threatening where you are, the conditions faced by our students and staff who live elsewhere must also be considered. It would do no good to get students to school, only to have staff members experiencing more severe conditions unable to join them.
We take our responsibility for your children very seriously and do our very best to get accurate information to you as soon as we possibly can. We appreciate your support and understanding during those challenging times.