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LCSD7 updates provided to Commissioners

Lake County School District No. 7 Supt. Sean Gallagher recently provided an update on local schools and related business during the Lake County Commissioners’ Tuesday, June 3 work session.

Gallagher discussed statistics related to the recent Lakeview High School graduation, which included 45 graduates and three students graduating through Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC).

Gallagher also reported an increase of $750,000 in funding to the district, of which 56 percent is dedicated to programming, 15 percent to facilities and the remainder to negotiations/collective bargaining.

Gallagher said the economic recession resulted in sacrifices to three key areas: facilities, transportation and maintenance.  An estimated $4 million of deferred projects have been identified, which include roofing, paving and structural issues, he said.

Gallagher also reviewed updates on assessment testing, noting that the OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing will cease next year.  Data examinations are changing from a system of benchmarks to one of student growth.

The district received a grant for a solar project development, but it came in at 50 percent of the anticipated amount.

The local Rotary club is also continuing fundraising efforts for a new soccer/multipurpose use field, Gallagher said.

Another round of seismic-related grants are coming around, with the district examining seismic upgrades  for A.D. Hay Elementary School and the Lakeview High School gymnasium.Successful work to the Daly Middle School building added 50 to 60 years of life to the building, he said, which has a construction date dating back to the early 1900s.

Gallagher said the district is facing considerable competition with the Willamette Valley job market for teachers.

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