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Greg Cole has 14 years of experience as a principal in the Salem-Keizer School District.

SUSAN MATHENY - Madras High School Chamber Choir members performing at the school board meeting included, from left, Gabby Nambo, Jasper Smith, Nacho Ruiz, Justin Plant, alumnus Greggory Vineyard (at back), Alexis Miller, McKenzie Brown, Emily Plant, Gabriella Armitage, and Allison Turek.
A new principal for Warm Springs K-8 Academy, Greg Cole, was hired by School District 509-J Board of Directors at its April 9 meeting.

Superintendent Ken Parshall said Cole "is an experienced principal, who we think will be a really good fit for the school."

Cole has 14 years of experience as a principal with the Salem-Keizer School District, serving as principal at Hammond and Wright elementary schools, and at Houck Middle School. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal in Woodburn and Sweethome.

"We're excited to have him at Warm Springs K-8, where he can keep moving the growth forward," Parshall said.

Several grants and donations were accepted by board members.

A grant of $12,616 from the Oregon Department of Education was approved for dyslexia training for one teacher, in each K-5 school to complete training.

The MADras Runners provided a $1,000 grant for the Madras High School track program to support a youth track camp; and a donation of $500 from Boyle Farms will be used to support the MHS Hall of Fame program.

At the meeting, the MHS Chamber Choir was introduced by music department instructor Jared McFarlin, and performed a song, accompanied by MHS graduate Gregg Vineyard.

McFarlin said the 18 chamber choir students represented the school's best vocalists. The students were: Gabriella Armitage, Shaun Boice, McKenzie Brown, Feliciana Conner, Sierra Cromwell, Allison DeRoo, Eryn McCourtney, Jovanna Medina, Alexandria Miller, Aiden Moschetti, Gabriela Nambo, Emily Plant, Justin Plant, Azucena Ruiz, Nacho Ruiz, Jasper Smith, Iysha Torres and Allison Turek.

He also announced that MHS will be hosting the Tri-Valley Music Festival at the Madras Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 12.

In other personnel business, Briana Hansen was hired as a first-grade teacher for Metolius Elementary, and Silvia Navarro was hired to teach Spanish at MHS.

Under board comments, Jamie Hurd said there were 30-40 kids at the high school's Track Camp over spring break and the kids had a lot of fun. She also said that the Sister City group of students going to Tomi City, Japan, had raised $8,000 for the trip from community fundraisers.

Superintendent Ken Parshall remarked that MHS had really high numbers of students turning out for track this year – 80 kids, and another coach had to be hired.

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