The Three Rivers School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that David Valenzuela has been approved as permanent Superintendent of Three Rivers School District. At the February 21 board meeting, the Board voted unanimously on the decision. Valenzuela was originally appointed as the district’s Interim Superintendent on May 17, 2016. Board Chair Danny York stated, “We’re very excited to make this announcement and we’re hopeful that this is the long-term solution that the district is looking for.”
Valenzuela has a long history with Three Rivers School District. Having attended Three Rivers schools throughout his childhood, Valenzuela has been associated with the district for over 38 years in various capacities. He served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Technology, and Federal Programs from 2012 to 2016. Before that, Valenzuela served the district in the capacities of principal, vice principal, middle and high school teacher, and maintenance worker. He holds a Masters of Arts in Secondary Education from Southern Oregon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University.
“I would like to sincerely thank the Three Rivers School District Board of Education for the appointment of Superintendent,” said Valenzuela. “Three Rivers School District provided me with the educational foundation that has essentially paved my career pathway in the field of education. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Superintendent for this great district.”
Board Vice-Chair Kate Dwyer shares the Board’s confidence that “Dave Valenzuela is the perfect fit to shepherd this district into increasing success.” Board Member Paul Kelly agrees, saying, “Mr. Valenzuela has shown the board he has all the skills and experience to manage this district effectively for years to come.”
The Oregon College Savings Plan is giving away one $529 account to a family in each of our elementary schools through the Be College Ready program. All elementary school parents are eligible to win, yet many parents have to yet entered! To enter the sweepstakes go to http://www.becollegeready.net/cash-for-college.shtml.
In addition, there is a special program being offered to kindergarten parents to receive $25 who open a new Oregon College Savings Plan account or add to a pre-existing one for their kindergartner. Again, all you have to do as a kindergarten parent is go online to receive the $25 at http://www.becollegeready.net/account-funding.shtml.
The Oregon College Savings Plan, part of the state treasury, provides families a tax-advantaged way to save money for higher education expenses. The funds are invested and the growth on those investments is tax-free as long as they’re used for higher education. There’s also a tax deduction for what you contribute.
Please take advantage of these opportunities offered by the Be College Ready program and learn more about the Oregon College Savings Plan at oregoncollegesavings.com.
A wall is coming down and a new school is going up.
Known as New Bridge High School, the 13,700-square-foot facility will arise next to the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility by the end of next year, and part of that 15-foot concrete wall will go to make room for a pathway connecting them.
"We want them to leave with the skills to never have to return," Workley said.
The new building will be a drastically different environment than what the youth have experienced since the facility opened in the late 1990s.
"Students do better in a classroom situation where they have fresh air, natural light, views to nature. It improves learning, instead of concrete walls," Emery said.
The new building, which will cost $9.9 million, paid for by the state, will include four traditional classrooms with large windows, two digital media classrooms, a commons area, quiet rooms, and a staff workroom.
Instead of the single acre of current recreation area, the youth will also get 9 acres of recreation space at the new site.
The high school will be Oregon Youth Authority's first LEED certified building and the second largest such facility in the state. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Solar panels will grace the roof of the high school, all fixtures will be low-flow to reduce water use, a swale system will be put in place to sponge up storm water, and the building itself will be oriented to take advantage of natural sunlight, among other things.
Officials hope the new high school will bring a more normal environment for the youth to make their eventual transition back into the real world easier.
The new environment, said Emery, will create a "wide horizon view that fosters hope and possibilities beyond their immediate circumstance."
By Alex Madison of the Daily Courier
September 30, 2016
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Jessica Durrant is Three Rivers School District’s new Director of Teaching & Learning for grades K-8 and Director of Federal Programs. Jessica graduated from Pacific University in 1998 with an Advanced Math and Biology degree. She started teaching in 1999 as an Integrated Science teacher at Duniway Middle School in McMinnville, OR, before moving to Grants Pass in August 2003 and starting her career with Three Rivers School District.
Jessica taught math at Hidden Valley High School from 2003-2005. She then became Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Hidden Valley in 2005-06. Following that, Jessica served as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Lincoln Savage Middle School for two years and then was Principal at Manzanita Elementary from 2008 to 2014. She worked for Grants Pass School District as Principal of Riverside Elementary School for two years, and has now returned to Three Rivers.
Jessica has been married to husband Mike (a math teacher for Grants Pass High School) for 18 years, and they have two daughters: Abby, grade 9, and Madeline, grade 7. Jessica loves to spend time riding her bike on the beautiful roads of Southern Oregon. Her family loves outdoor activities like hiking and paddle boarding, and traveling and exploring new places and restaurants.
After working in Three Rivers School District for 11 years, Jessica says it is a privilege and honor to come back “home” and work with the talented educators in our schools: “I look forward to supporting staff and principals in the path to excellent lesson design and delivery.”
Please join us in giving Jessica a warm welcome as she starts off her newest position with Three Rivers!