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Chamber's Sandy Area Sensational Business Award voting ends Saturday, Oct. 19

PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Trail School District was recently recognized by School Digger as the 10th in Oregon for academic achievement and student progress. The leaves are changing and we've successfully fallen into another quarter of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce's Sensational Business Awards.

This round's nominees as voted for by the community are Bill's Automotive, Clackamas County Bank and Oregon Trail School District.

The Post will highlight each business within the next few weeks to educate voters on their choices for Sandy's next Sensational Business Award recipient. Voting is available at s.surveyplanet.com/8YDverFf and ends Saturday, Oct. 19.

This week's nominee is the Oregon Trail School District.

Though Oregon Trail's top priority is educating the students of Sandy, Boring and the Mount Hood communities, it is also the largest employer in the community, employing 688 people.

Oregon Trail School District was also recently recognized by website School Digger as the 10th in Oregon for academic achievement and student progress.

"I think our nomination is a testament to the hard work our staff puts into the continued success on the academic front and the impressive gains we've made over the last eight years when it comes to student outcomes," Superintendent Aaron Bayer told The Post.

Sandy High School graduated 81.92 percent of the students in the class of 2018. That's 3.24 percent higher than the state average, and a 2.89 percent increase from the 2016-17 school year.

"I think it's the commitment of the board and collective members to ensure the children arrive at the future they deserve (that people are recognizing)," Bayer said.

Besides working to engage the student population, Oregon Trail also prides itself on engaging the greater community by getting people involved through events like mock interviews, Prinicipal for a Day, Thrive at 25, CTE programs advisory, the Chamber's Career and Education Committee and other opportunities.

"I think it's important for our business partners to have their fingerprints on our students' futures, assisting them on that pathway toward success," Bayer noted. "It's always an honor to be recognized by any part of our stakeholder group. To be recognized by our local community is of greater import than any other nomination we've received."


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