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District Bond Projects Focus on Energy Efficiency

The Pendleton School District bond encompasses multiple projects, ranging from upgrades to existing district facilities to the construction of two new schools. Throughout these projects, the district and the Wenaha Group, are working hard to ensure facilities are incorporating the most environmentally sustainable components possible. To read the full article click here.

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On Tuesday, February 7 at the Pendleton School District Board of Directors meeting, members voted to revise the school calendar, adding five days of instruction to the end of the school year. This is to make up for the eight snow days the district has incurred.

The last day of school for students K-11 will be June 15 instead of June 8. The last day for seniors is June 2, and seniors only will attend school on April 13, a parent-teacher conference day.

Results of a staff/community survey indicated that most survey respondents chose options of eliminating Monday late starts as their number one choices. However, the district and board determined that using that Professional Learning Community (PLC) time on Mondays would not add up to the needed instructional hours.

Superintendent Andy Kovach also said that several options in the survey required additional spending beyond the district budget in order to work, so they were not chosen. “This was an extremely difficult decision. In making the decision the Pendleton School Board repeatedly sought input from all stakeholders and worked overtime to explore every possible option,” Kovach said.

The school board also voted to apply for an Oregon Department of Education waiver to count 14 hours of inclement weather time as instructional hours. This would get Pendleton High School seniors above the threshold for required instructional hours.

Kovach said that now the decision has been made, “I ask students, families and staff to prepare for and use the additional five days as effectively as possible, and do our best to make this work for our students.”

Here is the Revised Calendar.

At approximately 7:40 a.m.  Friday morning, two Washington students reported seeing a man with firearm on the levy several blocks south of the elementary school. Police were notified and Washington Elementary immediately went into Lock Down. School buses were diverted away from Washington and, per District protocol, all other Pendleton Schools were placed on Lock Out.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. police made contact with the man reported by students and notified the district that they could return to normal operations. All schools were back to their regular schedule by 8:20 a.m.

“While it is frustrating to have a lock out two days in a row, I am pleased with the professionalism shown by the Pendleton School District staff and law enforcement.  I completely support Principals Greenough and Van Nice for acting quickly and decisively. I would also thank Police Chief Roberts for the quick response to both incidents,” reports Pendleton Superintendent, Andy Kovach.

Lock Out differs from a Lock Down in that classes go on as normal, but building entrances are secured and nobody is allowed to enter or leave the campus. 

Nominations for the 2017 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards are now open. The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of students.

Those eligible to be nominated for a Crystal Apple Award are employees in any of the InterMountain Education Service District's (IMESD) 18 component school districts in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties.

On Thursday morning, February 16, from approximately 9:40 to 10:30 AM, Pendleton High School was in Lock Down. The Lock Down incident was triggered inadvertently within the school building. School administration and law enforcement responded as though this was a real threat as they did not have information otherwise. Law enforcement arrived, swept the building and determined students were not in danger and there was no threat. The Lock Down was lifted at about 10:30.

On Monday evening, February 13, Pendleton Superintendent Andy Kovach resigned his position, citing personal reasons. The Pendleton School Board unanimously accepted his resignation, which is effective June 30.

Kovach said he submitted his resignation now to provide the district sufficient time to find a new leader before the 2017-18 school year.

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