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Classified employee week noted with a proclamation during Wednesday, March 14 school board meeting

At a meeting last week, members of the Estacada School Board honored the district's classified employees.

In a proclamation read by school board chair Ben Wheeler on Wednesday, March 14, March 5-9 was declared Classified Employee Appreciation week.

"Classified employees are the backbone of our public education system," Wheeler read. "Classified employees work directly with students, educators, parents, volunteers, business partners and community members . . . (and) support the smooth operation of offices, the safety and maintenance of buildings and property, and the safe transportation, healthy nutrition and direct instruction of students."

Superintendent Ryan Carpenter noted that both classified employees and teachers will be honored for their

work and dedication next month.

In other news from the Estacada School Board:

  • Richard Rothweiler of AC + Co Architecture shared an update on the seismic roof update at Estacada Middle School, for which the school district received a grant from the state. The project is estimated to come in under budget, which will allow board members to select additional work to be completed on the roof. The work will be completed during the upcoming summer months. "We will be able to achieve (the project) without interrupting learning," Rothweiler said.
  • During a presentation from the Sandy Police Department, Sgt. Jason Bickle shared that he hopes to institute a new policy for their patrol areas in which minor's homes are searched if they make a threat regarding weapons.
  • Board members discussed a recent town hall meeting regarding bullying that was held in late February, which approximately 63 community members attended. "The turnout was amazing. There was some really honest feedback," vice chair Ken Riedel said. "We got a lot of honesty." Carpenter added that "it was a very productive night."
  • Helena Synder was appointed to the budget committee, and Melanie Wagner was reappointed to the group.
  • Communications Coordinator Maggie Kelly noted that she is continuing to post positive stories from the school district on social media.
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