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High school students offered classes through PCC; school board searches for new superintendent

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Students at Scappoose High School register for classes Tuesday, Aug. 29, while parents and teens fill the hallways familiarizing themselves with their classes and lockers. Students go back to school next week, after Labor Day.Students in the Scappoose School District will be back in the classroom next week for the 2017-18 school year, and numerous changes will be taking place in the buildings throughout the district, including new class options and staff in the top administrative positions.

Below is a rundown of some notable changes taking place in the school district this year.

Career and technical education at the high school

Students at Scappoose High School will have the option to take more career and technical education courses thanks to a newly developed partnership with Portland Community College. Classes will likely be offered in the spring.

Interim Superintendent Ron Alley added that PCC is working to develop a series of evening classes that will be held in the same space that high school students and adults can enroll in later this year.

Search for a new superintendent continues

The Scappoose School District board of directors is currently working with consultants from NextUp Leadership to begin the recruiting and hiring process for a new superintendent to lead the school district in the 2018-19 school year. Former Superintendent Stephen Jupe left the school district in June. Over the summer, the school board voted to appoint Alley to the interim superintendent position. Alley still holds his title as the director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and secondary education.

Regular meetings to beheld in district office again

After a year of hosting regular board meetings and work sessions at various school sites and in the Scappoose City Council chambers, the board of directors is once again meeting in its board room in the district office.

The room had previously been repurposed into a series of cubicle offices for district support staff to free up space in classrooms and school buildings. In early summer, staff began the process of moving support staff to other sites in the district and restored the board room to its original purpose.

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