Oregon City School District seeks public input on educational redesign
Oregon City-area citizens are being asked to ponder the future of education as the school district plans the design for a new middle school.
School district officials want help from students, families, educators and community members to develop ideas for how education should evolve to prepare students for future careers.
In November, voters from Oregon City, Redland, Beavercreek and Jennings Lodge agreed to pay about an extra $30 a year in property taxes for local school facilities. Approximately $90 million of OCSD's bond is slated to replace Gardiner Middle School and $20 million will renovate Ogden Middle School, officials estimate. Much of the remaining $48 million is allocated to address safety and security updates starting as early as this summer at the district's other 10 schools.
"As bond funding provides the opportunity to renovate and upgrade our school buildings, this is a chance to also take a fresh look at what we're teaching and how we're teaching it," said Assistant Superintendent Kyle Laier. "We're thinking about what skills and knowledge students will need moving forward and the best ways to engage them in learning so it's meaningful and useful to them."
The education redesign process will kick off with a community event that includes the film "Most Likely to Succeed," followed by a panel discussion with students, community members and educators. Both adults and teens are invited.
The free event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the auditorium at Oregon City High School, 19761 S. Beavercreek Road.
Community members also are invited to share their ideas and priorities at bit.ly/ocsdsurvey.
A district design committee of students, staff and community members will draft a proposal based on public input and then seek feedback on it later this spring.
"Education has changed surprisingly little in the past 110 years, though our society, the jobs we do, and the way we do them has changed dramatically," Laier said. "We're excited to have our whole community share in the conversation about what schools of the future could be."
Ogden Middle School Student Council members tried their hand at designing their own middle school, presenting architectural scale models at a recent showcase. Nolan Boyd, Harley Sayre, Riley Hickman and Brooklin Olson gathered staff and student input on education strategies that could transform the way students learn in school.