Stoops' Scoop

September 1, 2022 Edition #12

Superintendent's Video Message

Are You Ready for the 2022-2023 School Year?

We are ready for kids. Teachers, administrators and all of the district support staff have been busy preparing for the return of students on September 6th and 7th. There is a soft start schedule for some grades on September 6th and all students return on September 7th. Each building has provided back-to-school information to families, information is also posted on the district and school websites. Wishing you all a great year!

JCSD Job Fair - Thursday, September 8th

Junction City Schools still have several job opportunities available. You can find a list of openings on our website under Employment. We are hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, September 8th at 6:00pm in the District Office Boardroom at 325 Maple St. This will be a great opportunity to learn about working in our schools and staff will be available to answer questions and assist with completing the application process. Signing bonuses of $500 are available up until October 14, 2022.

3rd Annual Burgers with Bob on Sept. 8th

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The Stadium Lights are On!

A big thank you to Justin Corey for coordinating this project and to the following individuals and business partners that generously donated their time, expertise and resources; TJ Vetkos, Will Burks, Scott Mehlbrech, Ryan Ceniga, Jimmy Anderson, JC Public Works, EC Electric, Pacific Power, Oldham Crane, Pacific Corrugated Pipe, Knife River and Floor Consultants. This project would not have been possible without this generous group and all of their colleagues. Thank you!

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Several District Improvements over the Summer

The JCSD Maintenance and Custodial staff were busy this summer with lots of changes and improvements. The School District Board of Directors allocated an additional $500,000 in the 2022-2023 budget for deferred maintenance projects. Projects included but were not limited to lots of painting painting, roof replacement, gutter cleaning and replacement, fencing, tree removal and upgrades to HVAC units. Projects will continue throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

Changes to School Meals Program

Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs has Expanded the Income Guidelines for free and reduced prices for school meals. The income for a family of four may be as high as $6,938 to be eligible for free meals, please go to our district website to apply. Applying may help our district. Meal Applications can be found on our websites.

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Summer school is up and running. We have about 65 staff and 250 students involved at some level throughout the summer in academic and enrichment programs. Students in grades K-8 are focusing on Reading, Math and Enrichment activities. High school students are focusing on credit recovery. Our K.I.T.S. program is for incoming kindergarten students preparing them for a smooth transition into school.

Tiger Club Prepares for the New Year

Jamie Haddy, Tiffany Hart, Denise Wall and Amy Dotson beautifying the Concessions for the Fall Season. (left) Tiger Club President Amy Dotson looking forward to a great year for the JC Tigers. (middle) It's amazing what a little love and elbow grease can do for an aging space. (right). Coach Max Wall and his wife Denise also donated and installed gravel in front of the concessions areas. Thank you Tiger Club we appreciate you:)

JCSD School Board News

The next Junction City School Board Regular Meeting is Monday, September 26, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Junction City District Office Board Room at 325 Maple St. Public is welcome to attend. You may also participate remotely, a link will be provided on our district website when the meeting agenda is posted. The JCSD School Board was recently approved for the Diane Efseaff Memorial Scholarship Program. This program provides the board with six 3-hour training sessions over the next school year focusing on district leadership and strategic planning. Once the board completes the program they will be awarded $5000 to offer scholarships to JCHS graduates. Five board members and Superintendent Stoops attended the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Summer Conference in Bend. The main focus of the conference was Family Engagement and Why it Matters. Other hot topics focused on Equity, Policy and Strategies for Boosting Learning.

Long-Range Facility Planning is in Comprehensive Facilities Assessment Mode

The JCSD Long-Range Facility Planning Committee (LRFP) last met on August 15th. David McKay, HMK Company and Marlene Gillis, Soderstrom Architects have been hired to perform the Facilities Assessments and complete the district's Long-Range Facility Plan. ZCS Engineering and Architecture has been hired for seismic assessments. Over the summer the full assessments were conducted and the district committee begin reviewing the assessments at the 8/15/22 meeting. The nest meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2022.
Junction City School District contracts school bus services with First Student. There is a major shortage of bus drivers. If you are interested please follow this link to learn more.