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NCSD Announces School Board Vacancy - 11/16/18

NCSD Announces School Board Vacancy

Applications Accepted until December 19, 2018

Milwaukie, OR (November 16, 2018)—North Clackamas School District (NCSD) announces that Position 3 on its School Board is currently vacant due to the resignation of Director Trisha Claxton. NCSD’s School Board declared the position vacant at their November 15, 2018 meeting, and approved the following timeline to fill the vacancy:

November 16            Open and advertise the position

December 19            Deadline for applications

January 7-18             Convene a special public meeting to interview applicants

January 24                 Appoint the new member to the Board

Individuals interested in serving on the School Board must meet the qualifications outlined in Board Policy BBBA.

“Persons will be eligible to serve as members of the Board if they are qualified voters of the district and have been residents within the district for one year immediately preceding the election or appointment. The individual must be 18 years of age or older, registered to vote at least 20 calendar days immediately preceding any election in the manner provided by law.

No person who is an employee of the district will be eligible to serve as a member of the Board while so employed. A person who is an employee of a public charter school may not serve as a member of the Board of the district in which the public charter school that employs the person is located.”

Complete information about the position’s role and responsibilities is available here, and application logistics can be found on NCSD’s website.

The newly appointed Director will finish the remainder of the previous Director’s term, which expires on June 30, 2019. In order to continue in the position, the appointed Director would need to run for the office in the May 2019 election.

NCSD sincerely appreciates Director Claxton’s contributions and dedication to the school district. 




















North Clackamas Voters Approve Local Option Levy - 11/07/18

Milwaukie, OR (November 6, 2018)—North Clackamas School District (NCSD) is grateful for the support North Clackamas voters demonstrated by passing Measure 3-541. NCSD will now benefit from a five-year property tax levy, which will provide the district with essential operating funds. The proceeds from this measure will be used to preserve teaching positions and a full school year.


Had Measure 3-541 failed, NCSD would have had to eliminate up to 170 teaching positions, or shorten the school calendar by 34 days in order to close an expected $17M operating shortfall starting in 2019-2020. The projected shortfall is due to inadequate state funding for K-12 education. The passage of Measure 3-541 means such reductions in staffing and school days will not be needed.


NCSD Board Chair, Lee Merrick stated, “The Board of Directors greatly appreciates the individuals and organizations that supported Measure 3-541. Their efforts resulted in our community deciding to support high-quality education.” The passage of Measure 3-541 follows the approval of a $433M Capital Construction Bond in 2016, which is funding the construction, modernization, and expansion of schools throughout the district. “Once again, North Clackamas voters have shown an appreciation for the hard work done by NCSD’s staff, our families, and community partners that helps our students develop the skills needed for long-term success. NCSD’s attention now turns to Oregon’s Legislature and Governor to ensure they adequately fund K-12 per the Quality Education Model,” stated Superintendent, Matt Utterback.


Following the levy’s passage, NCSD will now finalize the promised accountability and transparency mechanisms needed to ensure levy proceeds are allocated in a manner consistent with the community’s expectations.  


NCSD is an award-winning district that prepares students who are inspired and empowered to strengthen the quality of life in our local and global communities. More information about NCSD is available at

Attached Media Files: 2018_Levy_PASS_Press_Release_.pdf