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Evergreen Public Schools launches public survey - 03/24/17

Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) is giving those living within its borders a chance to comment on the condition of the buildings maintained by the school district. The survey, available at the link below, will be open until Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 5:00pm.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JY8Z7GM

The survey, according to Deputy Superintendent John Steach, will help the district find out what questions or concerns the community has about its schools. "We want to know how our citizens view the schools in their neighborhoods and answer any concerns they might have about them."

The district last passed a capital bond in 2002 which allowed the construction of three new schools (Columbia Valley and Endeavour Elementary, and Union High School), the replacement of three schools (Cascade and Covington Middle Schools, and Orchards Elementary), the remodeling of Evergreen High School, and several major improvement projects at other district facilities. In 2008, a bond measure to replace eight schools, including Sifton Elementary which was built in 1958, did not reach the 60 percent approval needed for passage.


About Evergreen Public Schools
Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the sixth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of more than 26,000 students. With more than 3,300 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Clark County.

Evergreen Public Schools to host second Candidate Fair - 03/21/17

Evergreen Public Schools invites you to a Candidate Fair for all certificated teaching and classified positions. The fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from 3:00 to 6:00pm.

Interested candidates should come to the Administrative Services Center, Evergreen Room (Tan Complex). 13501 NE 28th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682

Questions? Contact Jennifer Bergmann 360-604-4010 or jennifer.bergmann@evergreenps.org

Attached Media Files: 3.23.17_Candidate_Fair.pdf
Evergreen Public Schools conducts voluntary radon testing - 03/17/17

As part of ongoing safety measures, Evergreen Public Schools has been conducting voluntary radon testing in buildings. The testing is not required by state or federal laws. Even though Clark County has significantly lower naturally occurring radon levels than other areas of the state, it does have above average levels, so it is prudent to conduct periodic tests.

Several weeks ago, as part of this testing, elevated levels of radon were detected at several schools. The school district then employed an outside radon contractor to provide more extensive testing. Some of those test results came back late yesterday. Several schools had isolated areas with radon levels of more than 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Any reading above 4.0 pCi/L is considered to be high by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for continual exposure. By installing mitigation devices and adjusting airflow, levels are lowered.

Immediate mitigation efforts were employed and only two sites require more significant work: the gymnasium area at Sifton Elementary (at 11.1 pCi/L) and one classroom at Marrion Elementary (at 4.2 pCi/L). In both cases, normal classroom and school activities have been moved to other locations in the school. District officials indicate the needed changes should be completed by the end of next week allowing students and staff to return to those areas.

Families and staff at the affected schools have been notified and have been provided a Clark County Public Health radon fact sheet provided (attached).

Attached Media Files: Radon FAQ
Dr. John Steach
Dr. John Steach
EPS board of directors names Dr. John Steach as next superintendent (Photo) - 03/14/17

The Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) board of directors voted to name Dr. John Steach as the district's next superintendent. Steach will take over the position when current superintendent John Deeder retires on July 31st.

Dr. Steach is currently the district's Deputy Superintendent, a position he's held since coming to EPS in 2014.

"Following John Deeder, who has set the bar extremely high, is an exciting challenge," said Steach. "He's leaving behind a foundation, structure, and team capable of overcoming all current and future challenges. As our demographics change and technology evolves, we will be ready to support all our students."

Before coming to EPS, Steach earned a Doctor of Education from Washington State University and was an active member of the Richland, Washington school board prior to becoming that district's deputy superintendent. He served three years as superintendent of the Canby (OR) School District before accepting his current position in EPS.

EPS School Board president Victoria Bradford said she and the rest of the board of directors were excited to make this move. "The board was involved in selecting John Steach as the deputy superintendent and, after what's been a three-year interview, we feel that he aligns perfectly with the board's vision for the future of our district. We aren't interested in changing course right now and we believe John will help us continue to move forward with our important initiatives."

About Evergreen Public Schools
Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the sixth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of more than 26,000 students. With more than 3,300 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Clark County.

Attached Media Files: Dr. John Steach
Evergreen Superintendent John Deeder announces retirement - 02/28/17

John Deeder, superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools, submitted his retirement announcement to the School Board of Directors at its meeting tonight. Deeder, who has served 11 years as the leader of the fifth largest school district in the state and the largest in Clark County, says he will step down on July 31, 2017.

Deeder, who began his educational career 48 years ago as a sixth grade teacher, spent a number of years working as a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, instructional leader and assistant superintendent in several Oregon school districts. He joined Evergreen 15 years ago as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, before moving to Assistant Superintendent, then Chief Academic Officer before being named Superintendent in 2006.

During his tenure, Deeder put into action a number of instructional improvements such as implementing all-day Kindergarten at all schools (not just schools qualifying for state aid), increasing supports at the high school level that have dramatically increased the graduation rate, adding instructional positions and reducing class sizes, put into practice a personalized learning model for students and increasing technology-driven instruction to ensure students have 21st century skills.

At the same time, he was challenged to cut budgets during a downed economy, as well as take on the state funding model. Deeder shaped a three year recessionary budget by cutting $26.3 million including freezing his own salary for five years, yet preserving teacher positions, maintaining school facilities, added a new specialty high school and increasing safety and security at schools. He also oversaw the temporary relocation, then rebuilding of, Crestline Elementary, in less than 18 months after the school was destroyed by an arson fire in 2013.

"John is a true champion of all students. He could have retired several years ago, but had important initiatives he still wanted to implement including launching an equity program that involved eliminating elementary school supply lists, and fees for sports and activities at the secondary level. He has also made it possible for the district to open 14 Family and Community Resource Centers to further help remove barriers," said School Board President Victoria Bradford. "And he wanted to ensure labor agreements were in place at the district level, even as the state has struggled to meet the mandate of Basic Education funding."

Deeder has also been involved in a variety of community issues that help further the health of the community and offered options for students and families. He has served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington, Columbia River Mental Health, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Partners in Careers and the Fort Vancouver Regional Trust, among others.

"Although we have some family travel plans, I will continue to be involved in a number of community organizations, and will remain active -- especially if it involves projects around helping kids," said Deeder.