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Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for February 22, 2017 - 02/17/17

The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room.

At this meeting the following reports will be presented:
5.1 - Pleasant Valley Elementary School Building Report
5.2 - Centennial Park School Building Report
5.3 - Annual Audit Report
5.4 - Threat Assessment Report
5.5 - Student Representative's Report
5.6 - Superintendent's Report

In addition to the confirmation items that will be considered en masse, the Board will consider ratifying the superintendent's employment contract with Dr. Paul Coakley.

The board packet for this meeting is available for review on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org) under the School Board tab.

Centennial School District Board Selects Dr. Paul E. Coakley as its Next Superintendent - 02/15/17

Since July 1, 2016, Dr. Paul Coakley has been serving as Interim Superintendent for the Centennial School District with his one year term expiring on June 30, 2017.

The Centennial School Board opened a superintendent search to fill the position for an indefinite term beginning July 1, 2017. As a part of the search the Board conducted an information gathering tour of district stakeholders including staff, community and students to identify the characteristics expected in their next superintendent. During the past year the School Board, staff and community have also been able to observe Dr. Coakley's work as Interim Superintendent. In deliberating how to proceed with the search, the School Board realized that his performance as Interim Superintendent matches well the characteristics sought by the district stakeholders for the position. After weighing its options, the School Board decided to fill the position rather than continue the search for external candidates.

The Centennial School District Board of Directors is therefore pleased to announce that Dr. Paul E. Coakley has been selected to be the district's Superintendent effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Coakley and the Board are working on the terms of a tentative agreement which will be finalized at a public meeting in the near future.

"We've had a chance to work with Paul as our Interim Superintendent for the past several months. The School Board likes the energy and steady hand he brings to the position," Board Chair Shar Giard said. "After watching Paul work and comparing what we wanted in our next Superintendent, it was an easy decision to ask him if he would continue as our next Superintendent. We are excited that he said -- yes."

Dr. Coakley began his school administrator career in 2008 as the Principal of Hudson Park Elementary school in the Rainier School District, Rainier, Oregon. After 6 years as Principal, he became Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction in the Rainier School District. In 2014, Dr. Coakley was hired by Centennial School District as its Assistant Superintendent and Human Resources Director, a position he held for 2 years before becoming Interim Superintendent in July, 2016. Before becoming a school administrator, he taught in Portland Public Schools and a brief time in Champaign, IL. A frequent presenter at state and national conferences on a variety of education topics, Dr. Coakley also serves as a Professor at Portland State University in the school administrator Initial Administrative Licensure program and serves on the Oregon Leadership Network Executive Committee.

For his graduate education, Dr. Coakley has a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Portland State University with his dissertation entitled "Shaping School Culture." He obtained a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also from Portland State University.

"We must always keep our focus on ensuring that every child succeeds while at the same time supporting the teachers and administrators who work tirelessly on their behalf," Coakley said. "I grew up and went to school in neighboring Gresham, so I know this area well. I am thrilled the Centennial School Board has confidence that I can lead our great staff and students to a successful future.

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice for February 8, 2017 - 02/03/17

The Centennial School District Board of Directors will meet in regular session on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the district office board room.

At this meeting the following reports will be presented:
5.1 - Butler Creek Elementary School Building Report
5.2 - TAG Identification Process Report
5.3 - HB 3681 Open Enrollment Report
5.4 - Student Representative's Report
5.5 - Superintendent's Report

Following the reports, the Board of Directors will meet in executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(a) regarding employment of public officer.

After the executive session the Board will consider en masse the approval of all confirmation items included in the board packet for this meeting. The following action items will then consider.
7.1.1 - 2nd Reading of Revised Policy IGBBA, Identification of Talented and Gifted, and the Deletion of Policy IGBBB, Identification - Talented and Gifted Students among Non-typical Populations
7.2.1 - Consider MESD Local Service Plan for 2017/2018
7.2.2 - Designate March 6-10, 2017, as OSEA Classified School Employees Week
7.2.3 - Designate May 1-5, 2017, as CEA Teacher Appreciation Week
7.2.4 - Consider Revised 2016/2017 School Year Calendar for Centennial Park School
7.2.5 - Consider Revised 2016/2017 School Year Calendar for Elementary Schools
7.2.6 - Consider Revised Centennial Middle School 2016/2017 School Year Calendar
7.2.7 - Consider Revised Centennial High School 2016/2017 School Year Calendar
7.2.8 - Consider Revised Centennial Transition Center 2016/2017 School Year Calendar
7.2.9 - Consider Open Enrollment Options for 2017/2018
7.2.10 - Consider Student Transfer Limits for 2017/2018
7.2.11 - Approve Purchase of Seven New Buses from Western Bus Sales per the Attached Bus Grant/Purchase Plan
7.2.12 - Consider Requesting Permission to Count up to 14 Hours of Missed Instructional Time Resulting from Emergency School Closures due to Inclement Weather Conditions

The board agenda and packet for the February 8, 2017, board meeting is available for review on the school district website (www.csd28j.org) under the School Board tab.

Centennial School District Budget Committee Work Session Notice for February 8, 2017 - 02/03/17

The Centennial School District Budget Committee Work Session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 6:00 pm and will be held in the district office board room. At this work session the Budget Committee will discuss involvement and goals for the 2017/2018 school year and have small and large group discussions on the 2017/2018 budget process.

The agenda for this work session is available on the Centennial School District website (www.csd28j.org).