Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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July 17, 2012
FALLS CITY -- Pat Evenson-Brady will continue serving as the Falls City School District's superintendent at least through the 2012-13 school year.
Evenson-Brady, who recently retired as superintendent of the Willamette Education Service District in June due to family health concerns, said the Falls City School Board asked her to continue with the district.
The position is limited, amounting to a little more than a half day each week.
"It worked well last year," she said. "I'm excited about staying."
She said the biggest challenge facing the district is declining enrollment.
The trend in recent years in Falls City is toward smaller classes, with graduating classes outnumbering the number of incoming kindergartners.
Evenson-Brady said she and the board have been discussing options for boosting enrollment, including appealing to families home-schooling their children or actively recruiting families to move into the district.
Evenson-Brady said she has only committed to one school year, but is open to a longer stay. She said she will make a decision by January whether to continue with the district beyond the upcoming school year.
"I'm very impressed with the quality of Falls City staff," she said. "People are very passionate about having the schools in their community. I'm excited to work with a group of people excited about improving what we have to offer to kids."