Reynolds School District cut nearly $7 million in costs to balance the 2017-18 budget including dropping five days off the school year, trimming hours of some employees and issuing lay-off notices for a handful of staff. The district identified 7.4 non-teaching positions, filled by nine individuals, to be laid off. In addition, the hours of 45 secretarial positions will be reduced by 30 minutes per day or 2.5 hours per week for the 2017-18 work year. These cuts were a result of increasing costs, declining enrollment and insufficient state revenue, the district said in a statement.
FACT group provides park day in Happy Valley
FACT, the nonprofit organization that empowers families experiencing disabilities, will have a a free, fun day at Happy Valley Park, 13770 S.E. Ridgecrest Road, from 1-3 p.m. Monday, July 24. They remind families to bring a swimsuit for the spash pad and friends. FACT will have games, snacks and drinks. Parents/caregivers must stay on site with their children. Register at bit.ly/2ug3eHn.
Charles the Clown comes to Rockwood Library
Charles the Clown and his sidekick, Biscuit the Dog Puppet, will have a free show from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Using humor and rhyme, Charles and Biscuit share current health and safety information: what kids should do about teasing and bullying, having "inside strong," the importance of exercising and getting enough rest, eating healthy, remembering to brush teeth and wash hands, wearing bike helmets, the difference between good and bad secrets, feeling proud of yourself, finding your own strengths and talents, and more. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.
Reynolds High fixes foreign flags
Reynolds High School has displayed flags from more than 40 countries in the student commons over the last 20 years to represent the many nationalities of its students. The school is undergoing a major renovation and expansion including a big upgrade of the commons area. As part of that work, the flags will be inventoried, cleaned and replaced where needed. Countries not represented will be added. Flags that have changed will be updated.
Reptiles invade Gresham
Join Richard Ritchey, the Reptile Man, and meet his crew of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises in a free event from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.