Superintendent Ryan Carpenter describes area as a place where 'kids go to avoid adult contact'

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - During a recent meeting, members of the Estacada School Board directed Superintendent Ryan Carpenter to investigate the cost of clear cutting or thinning trees in the Ranger Woods.

The Estacada School Board is looking into cleaning up the area known as Ranger Woods.

Adjacent to Estacada High School along Cemetery Road, many students walk through the five-acre forested area on the way to and from school. Because of underbrush and other conditions, visibility is low.

"As kids come to school, or during lunch, kids that might not have the responsibility to manage themselves hide and do things that are absolutely unsupervised," Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter said during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14. "It's a frequent spot that kids go to avoid adult contact."

The condition of the trees in Ranger Woods is also a concern.

"There are some very unhealthy trees," Carpenter said.

Members of the Estacada School Board directed Carpenter to investigate the cost of clear cutting or thinning trees in Ranger Woods.

Carpenter acknowledged that the area is valued by many in the community.

"A large part of the community will not appreciate removing the park environment of the woods," he said.

In other news

  • Board members approved the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4. In a district poll, 84 percent of parents who responded said they would prefer school to begin after Labor Day. District leaders noted that there was a 248 percent increase in the number of respondents compared to previous polls. "Our families are really passionate about when we start school," Carpenter said.
  • Board members authorized the school district to participate in open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. This means that students from other school districts will be eligible to transfer into the Estacada School District for the upcoming school year.
  • Communications coordinator Maggie Kelly noted that she is working with city leaders to feature designs from Estacada's elementary school students on light posts downtown.
  • Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that school board member Jeromy Adamson recently found a group of students smoking marijuana in the Ranger Woods. The News regrets the error.

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