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School Notes

ODE provides assessment grant

DALLAS — The Dallas School District received a $20,000 technical assistance grant from Oregon Department of Education to assess the condition of the district’s buildings.

“It is designed to identify which buildings are better off renovated and which buildings make more sense to replace,” said Kevin Montague, the district’s facilities manager.

Architects performing the assessments must be certified by ODE, and one of those firms is already working on a project for the district.

“They’ve indicated that because of their district familiarity, that they could hopefully do more facilities than the anticipated three to four that ODE expects this grant to fund,” Montague said.

It’s possible all facilities could be assessed with money from the grant, he added.

Falls City receives music grant

FALLS CITY — The Oregon Community Foundation awarded the Falls City School District a $20,000 grant to support music classes.

The district’s AmeriCorps’ Ethos Program music teacher Jessica Wood applied for the grant, which will pay for Falls City’s share of the cost of having her in the district and $12,000 for instruments and music curriculum.

Superintendent Jack Thompson said the grant is flexible, just in case AmeriCorps doesn’t receive funding for Ethos.

“AmeriCorps is now waiting to see if they get their federal budget for their grant,” Thompson said. “If they get their grant, they’ll fund Ethos. It all depends on what the feds come up with.”

Ethos has other funding options if the federal grant is eliminated, and the OCF grantors said they would be willing to have more of the money go to paying for Wood, if needed, Thompson said.

Eight WOU students recognized

MONMOUTH — Dulce Maria Zamora, deputy consul, and Claudia Cabrera, community affairs consul from the Mexican Consulate in Portland, visited the Western Oregon University campus May 16 to recognize eight recipients of a grant program administered by the consulate.

The recipients did not want to be named because of their DACA status, according to WOU public affairs.

The grant supports citizens of Mexico (including DACA students) living abroad who are pursuing higher education. At WOU, the scholarships benefit students in the Bilingual Teacher Scholars program. The total grant was for $10,000, making it one of the largest awards awarded to Oregon partners through the IME Becas program.

Chase is OSEA Employee of the Year

INDEPENDENCE — Denise Chase, paraprofessional librarian at Central High School, was selected by the Oregon School Employees Association as its 2017 Employee of the Year.

“Denise exemplifies the best attributes of our members,” said Tim Stoelb, president of OSEA, in a press release. “Her peerless professionalism, immense integrity and warm sense of humor made her nomination stand out from this year’s field of nominees.”

Chase’s nomination was initiated without her knowledge by her fellow chapter members, who elicited letters of recommendation from coworkers and administrators. A committee of past OSEA presidents blindly selected her out of a pool of nominees from around the state. Chase will be honored throughout OSEA’s annual three-day conference in June in Portland. She will be presented with a traveling trophy and plaque during the Saturday night awards banquet on June 24.

Central High School awarded metalworking grant

INDEPENDENCE – Central High School received a Spark Something Great Educational Grant from Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems and software.

The grant programs aims to get the latest plasma technology into schools so the next generation of metalworkers can train on equipment they will find when entering the workforce.

As one of 10 recipients, CHS will receive a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma system, curriculum kit, and in-person training from a Hypertherm industrial cutting expert.

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