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Centennial School Board approves Long Range Facilities Plan - 03/23/15
The Centennial School District's School Board recently approved the Long-Range Facility Plan as presented by the Long Range Facilities Committee. As part of the plan, the committee identified numerous needs throughout the district - ranging from the need for a new middle school to replacing water pipes and upgrading HVAC systems.

The needs identified by the committee, with input from more than 100 patrons and staff, are extensive and wide-ranging. To address all of the needs, the committee recommended that the work be done in phases. The Phase One recommendations were presented to and approved by the School Board.

The Phase One recommendations include:
* Building a new middle school on property the district owns at SE 172nd and Foster. This would alleviate overcrowding at the seven elementary schools and Centennial Middle School. It will also address space issues at the elementary schools caused by all day kindergarten and the need for adequate space to meet student needs through ELL, Special Education, Title programs, music, small groups and partnerships with community organizations. The committee also recommends that sixth grade be moved to the middle school. Currently sixth graders attend elementary school.
* Increase facility flexibility at five schools by constructing multi-purpose rooms at Meadows, View, Wood and Parklane Elementary Schools and Centennial Park School. This will meet the schools physical education requirements as they currently do not have a separate physical education space and it would increase space for community use at those schools.
* Provide a safe and secure learning environment at all schools by making upgrades to intercom systems, cameras, vestibule entries and automatic door locks.
* Demonstrate continued stewardship of district facilities to industry standards by providing healthy and comfortable learning environment for students so they can be world-competitive. This would include updated fire and life safety systems (alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, etc.), HVAC and energy efficiency upgrades, domestic water improvements, and IT network infrastructure upgrades.
* Improve and maintain athletic facilities for students and the community, by improving and maintaining district athletic facilities with upgraded playable fields and gyms that encourage students and the community to live active healthy lives, and for students to be competitive.
Other recommendations include:
* Continue to develop long-term options for Centennial Park School, and
* In the event of a bond, establish a citizens oversight committee to prioritize bond expenditures and report to the school board.

Over the next 3-to-4 months, district personnel will gather projected costs for the items on the Phase One list. Once the costs are collected and shared with the school board, the board will decide how to pay for the improvements. Funding options include seeking grants, fund-raising, selling property the district currently owns and/or placing a bond measure before voters.

The Centennial School District bridges the cities of Portland and Gresham, and is made up of 10 schools - a high school, middle school, seven elementary schools and an alternative school for high school students. The district serves approximately 6,300 students.
Centennial School District announces hiring of two new principals (Photo) - 03/13/15
The Centennial School District has announced the hiring of two new elementary school principals for the upcoming 2015 - 2016 school year.

Laura Nixon has been selected as the principal for Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and Jeb Hubbs has been selected as principal of Oliver Elementary School. Nixon replaces Laurie Ernstrom, while Hubbs replaces Laura Fendall. Both Ernstrom and Fendall are retiring after 35 years in the district.

Nixon has worked in the Centennial School District as a teacher since 1997. She has a bachelors degree in Communications and German from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Masters in Education from Pacific University. She has her administrative credentials from Lewis and Clark College. Most recently a teacher leader at Butler Creek Elementary School, Nixon has served as an interim principal when the school's principal has been away from the building.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Pleasant Valley community beginning next year," Nixon said "Pleasant Valley has an outstanding reputation with regards to staff, students and culture of the community. It will be a great privilege to serve Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone."

Hubbs comes to the Centennial School District from Portland Public Schools, where this year he is the assistant principal of Sunnyside Environmental School. Last school year he was the assistant principal at Ockley Green Elementary School. He was the principal of the King-Chavez Community High School in San Diego, California, and a sixth grade teacher prior to coming to Portland. Hubbs has a bachelors of art degree in history from Willamette University and a Masters in Education Leadership from San Diego State University.

"I am very excited to join the Oliver Elementary community and carry on the strong work of Principal Fendall and her staff," Hubbs said. "I believe that every child has the potential to achieve academic success, and I believe in the power of collaboration between staff, families, and students to help drive that success."

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as principal of Oliver," Hubbs added, "and I will work hard alongside the rest of our staff to ensure that Oliver is a neighborhood school that the community is truly proud of and that supports the success of each child."

Both Hubbs and Nixon's first day as principals in the Centennial School District will be July 1, 2015.

Oliver Elementary School is located at 15840 S.E. Taylor, Portland. Pleasant Valley Elementary School is at 17625 S.E. Foster Road, Gresham.

The Centennial School District bridges the cities of Portland and Gresham, and is made up of 10 schools - a high school, middle school, seven elementary schools and an alternative school for high school students. The district serves approximately 6,300 students.
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Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for March 11, 2015 - 03/05/15
The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the district office board room. Reports to be presented at this meeting include: the Parklane Elementary School building report, the Food-for-Families Bus report, the student representative's report, and the superintendent's report.

Prior to consideration of confirmation items, the Board will hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) re: records exempt by law from public inspection. After which, the Board will consider approval the confirmation items en masse and consider approval of item 7.201 - Governing Board Meeting Calendar for 2015/2016 and item 7.202 - Long Range Facilities Plan Recommendations.
Centennial School District to hold Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Meeting - 03/04/15
Centennial School District will hold a Long Range Facilities Planning Committee meeting, Monday, March 9, 2015, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. to finalize the Long Range Facilities Plan. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at the District Office, 18135 SE Brooklyn Street, Portland, Oregon 97236.