What's Inside? Open School names new ED, Schools seek budget members, Assistant principals named.

FILE PHOTO - The Ford ASSET program is one of three two-year degree automotive programs offered by MHCC.

The Jaksich Family Foundation donated $65,000 to Mt. Hood Community College's automotive programs. The money will establish a scholarship for automotive students and help the college with funding for the Ford ASSET program. This latest gift brings the total contributions from the Jaksich family to more than $150,000. Nancy Jaksich, owner of Suburban Auto Group in Sandy, is a longtime member of the MHCC Foundation Board of Directors. In May, she was named the 2017 MHCC Patron Saint of the Year. Recently, the MHCC Foundation Finance Committee named the 2017 Hero for Education Scholarship in Jaksich's honor. The Ford ASSET program is one of three two-year degree automotive programs offered by MHCC.

Assistant principals named at Centennial schools

Oliver Elementary School and Parklane Elementary School will have assistant principals funded by a School Improvement Grant. The three-year grant positions will support the implementation of changes in the schools as well as help with student management and teacher evaluation.

Gayle Imran-Sideris, new assistant principal at Parklane, was most recently dean of students at Roosevelt High School in Portland.

Lisa Clingan, new assistant principal at Oliver Elementary, was the instructional coach at Oliver. She has also worked as a behavior systems coach and a classroom teacher at Butler Creek and Lynch Wood elementary schools.

Open School names new ED

The board of directors of Open School, a college prep program for disconnected youth, named Terry Johnson the new executive director. Prior to Open School, Johnson was executive director of Communities in Schools of the Big Country, in Abilene, Texas. Johnson will take over an organization that has grown from a single campus to multiple campuses and programs, reaching students throughout the metro area. The flagship Open School East campus, 16570 S.E. Oak St., serves seventh-12th graders in partnership with six area school districts. Johnson replaces Andrew Mason who had been executive director since 2005.

Draw superheroes in Troutdale

Artist Alex Chiu leads a fun drawing workshop to teach children how to create super heroes from their own imagination from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Participants will learn how to draw costumes, bodies and accessories and the fundamentals of drawing including an understanding of line, shape, color, texture and shading. No experience is necessary. Beginners welcome. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Corbett holds annual welcome back to school picnic

Students in the Corbett School District and their families are invited to the district's annual community back to school celebration from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. There will be free hot dogs and hamburgers and community group information tables. Families can visit the teachers and schools from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Students can bring their school supplies and drop them off in the classroom. CAPS students and parents can grab a burger or hot dog at the main campus and go to CAPS for a CAPS-specific meet and greet. If you are community group and want to reserve a table, email Randy Trani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Schools seek budget members

The Centennial School District is looking to fill three positions open on the budget committee. Positions 3 and 6 are vacant because of the term expirations, and Position 2 because of a resignation. Appointments to positions 3 and 6 are for a three year term. Position 2 expires June 30, 2019. Applications will be available from the Centennial business office, 18135 S.E. Brooklyn St., the Centennial web site,, and schools until Oct. 31. Candidates will be interviewed and final selections will be made at the board meeting on Wednesday, November 8.

The Reynolds School District also has three budget committee positions open. Applications are available on the district web page Positions are for three years ending June 30, 2020. Interviews will be conducted prior to the Wednesday, Oct. 11, school board meeting.

To qualify, budget committee members must live in the district and not work for the schools.

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