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NCSD Announces High School Naming Community Forums - 02/05/19

North Clackamas Schools (NCSD) will be converting Rock Creek Middle School into a fourth neighborhood high school using voter-approved 2016 Capital Construction Bond funds. This new high school does not yet have a name.

In late 2017, NCSD’s Board of Directors formed a School Naming Committee to provide them with suggested names for the high school, along with the now-named Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School. This school naming process included several opportunities for the public to submit their ideas and comments. The process concluded in May 2018 when the School Board decided to not select any of the committee's suggested high school names, and delayed further action on this matter until now.

In order to begin bringing the high school naming process to a close, NCSD’s Board of Directors will hold two School Naming Community Engagement Forums in February, so that community members can discuss the matter of the high school name.

The forums’ details are below:

February 21: 6:45pm - 8:45pm, Alder Creek Middle School Media Center; 13801 SE Webster, Milwaukie, OR 97267

February 27: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Clackamas High School Media Center; 14486 SE 122nd Ave, Clackamas, OR 97015  

During last year’s process, there were strong opinions about the committee's suggested names. Additionally, the exercise brought to light important and difficult topics, such as race, class, historical exclusion, definitions of place, and community identity.

These forums will be designed to facilitate conversations among attendees. Participants should attend with a willingness to contribute respectfully, listen authentically, and recognize the different opinions that are a part of the high school naming process.

NCSD’s Board of Directors will attend both events and incorporate the conversations as they decide the high school’s name. It is anticipated the Board of Directors will discuss high school naming during the March 14 board meeting, and take action at the April 11 board meeting.

Childcare will be provided, and for those who cannot attend in person, NCSD will provide updates on its website. Additionally, comments can be sent electronically to NCSD via a form on its website, which will be available starting February 21.  

NCSD director-elect Libra Forde
NCSD director-elect Libra Forde
Libra Forde appointed to North Clackamas School Board (Photo) - 01/25/19

Libra Forde appointed to North Clackamas School Board

Forde will succeed Trisha Claxton in Position 3 and serve through June 30

Milwaukie, OR (January 25, 2019)—The North Clackamas School District (NCSD) School Board voted at its regular meeting Thursday evening to name Libra Forde as its next director. Forde will serve out the remaining term for Position 3, which runs through June 30, 2019, following the resignation of Director Trisha Claxton in November.

“It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the position on the North Clackamas School Board,” Forde said following the meeting. “I am looking forward to serving the youth, families, and educators of the community my family calls home.”

Forde was selected to be Claxton’s successor from a field of nine applicants after the current six directors went through two rounds of voting.

Currently the Chief Operating Officer of Self Enhancement Inc., a Portland-based nonprofit organization focused on helping underserved youth, Forde has two children who attend NCSD. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned her MBA and Doctorate of Management from the University of Phoenix.

A member of NCSD’s School Naming committee that met last year, Forde has an extensive background in education and volunteering. That includes filling a variety of roles during an eight-year stint with national education company K12, as well as board positions at Insight School of Oregon, Piedmont Rose, and Clackamas Women’s Services.

Forde is set to be sworn during the board’s Feb. 14 meeting.

For more information on the NCSD School Board, visit

NCSD's 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda Adopted - 01/25/19

Milwaukie, OR (January 25, 2019)—During the January 24, 2019 school board meeting, North Clackamas School District’s Board of Directors adopted the 2019-2020 legislative agenda. Developed following a series of collaborative work sessions involving community members, parents/guardians, students, legislators, and staff, the document identifies the priorities North Clackamas Schools (NCSD) believes will meaningfully contribute to its ability to realize the goals outlined in its Strategic Direction.

In addition to articulating NCSD’s perspective on the desired level of state funding, and the need for local control, the legislative agenda also identifies four key program areas where NCSD would like to see resources prioritized:

  • Drop-Out Prevention and College/Career Readiness
  • Social Services and Safe Learning Environments
  • Early Learning
  • Educator Recruitment and Retention

NCSD’s Parent Community Leadership Alliance will be instrumental in advancing this agenda with elected officials, and the district hopes the document will assist the Oregon Legislature in meeting the state’s needs for K-12 public education.        

NCSD graduation rate hits record high - 01/24/19

NCSD sets record graduation rate

The Class of 2018’s rate of 85.5 percent is up 17.7 percent from 10 years ago

Milwaukie, OR (January 24, 2019)—North Clackamas School District (NCSD) is pleased to share that its graduation rate for 2017-18 is 85.5 percent, an increase of 1.4 percent from a year ago. For the second consecutive year, NCSD has set a new record for the district.  

The district’s focus on graduation, career-technical education, and educating the whole child continues to pay dividends. Specifically, NCSD’s graduation rate has risen 17.7 percentage points in the past decade, increasing from 67.1 percent in 2008-09.

The emphasis that NCSD places on equity, as one of its five core values, is also bearing fruit, as the graduation rate for some historically underserved groups rose in 2017-18. In particular, Black/African-American students graduated at a rate of 96.9 percent, a jump of 14.1 percent from a year ago.

“We are very proud of the steady and continual progress the district has made with the overall graduation rate,” NCSD Director of High School Programs Shay James said. “Several student groups also made gains in 2017-18, but we acknowledge there is still work needed to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.”

NCSD thanks the staff, parents/guardians, community organizations, and students, for making these achievements possible.

For full statistics, visit the Oregon Department of Education website.