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To open communication with district families, Trip Goodall is hosting 'Coffee with the Superintendent' events

Canby School District Superintendent Trip Goodall is hosting several "Coffee with the Superintendent" events at elementary schools.

The district invites parents to attend the meetings for an informal conversation with Goodall, as one aspect of the new Academic Vision is to increase family engagement. Goodall revealed that he believes tapping into the power of parents could "revolutionize public education."

"I don't think you can ever get really authentic family engagement if people feel like they don't have a voice," Goodall said at the first event. "So you should always feel like you can walk into a building and have a conversation with the building administrator or a teacher, because this is your school. Part of it is, how do we get that culture going?"

In one step toward that creating that culture, the first of the coffee dates took place on Monday, Feb. 25 at Knight Elementary, where Goodall answered parent questions about the Talented and Gifted Program, nutrition, mental health, school security and more.

Superintendent Trip Goodall responds to parent questions at the first 'Coffee with the Superintendent' event at Knight Elementary on Feb. 25.

On the topic of security, Goodall pointed out that elementary schools require guests to check in at the front office and that the district takes other measures, and continues to look at further measures, to keep buildings safe. District Communications Coordinator Autumn Foster added that the district is considering using a new background check and visitor check-in system, called Raptor.

But Goodall maintained that, despite highly publicized exceptions, schools are still safe places for kids.

"I will say schools are still the safest places. The number of kids every day that go to school in this country somewhere that go through the day without any harm being done to them is pretty amazing," Goodall said. "And it's unfortunate when these incidents happen; it just raises everybody's concerns. But the reality is that we still, I think, hopefully live in communities where we believe that people are not going to do bad things and that our schools are safe."

Goodall also disclosed the hint that he is the key to good cafeteria food, as he has recently fulfilled students' requests for a burrito bar and the return of Cookie Fridays.

So, prepare your questions and cafeteria requests, because there are still three more chances to have coffee with Goodall:

Friday, March 1 at 8:45 a.m. – Carus Elementary library

Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. – Trost Elementary library

Friday, March 8 at 8:45 a.m. – Ninety-One School library.

Kristen Wohlers
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