Warm Wishes for the Winter Season

Holiday Message from Superintendent Tom Rinearson

Families, students, staff and community members,

Believe it or not, winter break starts in a few weeks after school on Friday, December 15, and we will welcome the start of a new year together on January 2.

We have had a busy year and the time has flown by quickly. During this first half of the year, we have acquired two properties for future school use. We are in high gear in our search for a new superintendent; we've hosted district-wide community focus groups and have compiled a survey of desired qualifications as well as established a salary range for a new hire. I've had the privilege to observe a number of staff and student accomplishments on the state and national level (one of our teachers, Fawn Custer, has been honored as Oregon Substitute Teacher of the Year, and another, Alexandra Browne, has been chosen as VFW Teacher of the Year, Daniel Mock and Ken Martin from Taft High School were named a 2017-2018 Civic Scholars by Representative David Gomberg for House District 10, our Newport High School soccer team are OSAA champions for the 2nd year in a row.) I feel we have the best group of educators in the state and that is cause for celebration!

As we begin the holiday season, I encourage you to reflect on the things and people who are truly important in your lives. It’s important for all of us to step back and put things into perspective and appreciate our blessings. Holidays can also be a stressful time for many and I hope you take a moment to breathe and do what you can to support others in need.

My wife Dani and I wish you and your family a great winter break and a happy new year. This is a high travel time, so please be safe and take care of yourselves, your family and friends. We’ll see you in 2018!

Warm Regards,


Lincoln City Listening Session

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 6-8pm

2420 Northeast 22nd Street

Lincoln City, OR

Lincoln County School District purchased 55 acres of land in North Lincoln City near the Villages at Cascade Head, Northeast Devils Lake Boulevard, aka "the old holly farm" to develop an elementary or middle school and bus depot that will be out of the tsunami zone to serve area students. Superintendent Tom Rinearson is hosting an open house for public comment at the Oceanlake Elementary School, Thursday, December 7 from 6 to 8 PM. Light refreshments served. All are welcome!