August 8, 2016
Greetings Hood River County School District families and welcome to a new school year!
The first day of school is just around the corner (on August 30th) and your children will soon be stepping onto school buses, walking through school doors, and entering their school’s classrooms, gyms, auditoriums and cafeterias. Here in the school district, support staff have been working hard throughout the summer to get our curriculum organized, buses tuned up, and our schools and classrooms cleaned and ready for students.
As I reflect on the 2015-16 school year, I feel so proud and humbled to serve the children and families in Hood River County. I can’t possibly rehash all the amazing successes over the course of last school year, but there are a number of accomplishments that required the efforts of our entire educational community that we should all take pride in:
09-20-16 - School Bond Sale and Refinance Yield Savings
On September 13, 2016, the Hood River County School District (HRCSD) closed on the sale of $57.2 million of voter-supported bonds. In part because of the District’s strong financial stewardship and associated AA+ bond rating, investors purchased the bonds at a premium. On average the bond coupons sold on the market for 14.5% more than asking price, resulting in an additional $8.5 million to the school district, all while staying within the estimated target tax levy of $1.83 per $1000. Read more...
09-15-16 - School Board Recognizes Sandy Salazar
Hood River County School Board recognizes Sandy Salazar for her work as the director of el Baile Folklórico, a traditional Mexican dance troupe.
Ms. Salazar has been working for the Hood River County School District for 32 years and has been leading the dancers for the past 17 years. Her building principal, Kim Yasui, lauded Ms. Salazar for her commitment to celebrating and honoring Mexican culture and the importance of being bilingual. Read more...
09-07-16 - Notice of Public Hearing for 2016 Bond Project CM/GC Services
Hood River County School District Board of Directors will conduct a Public Hearing after 6:30 pm on October 12, 2016 at Cascade Locks Elementary School, 300 Wa-Na-Pa Street, Cascade Locks, OR 97014.
The purpose of the public hearing is to take oral and written comments on Hood River County School District Findings of Fact in support of an Exemption from competitive bidding under ORS 279C.335 for the project known as “2016 Bond Project CM/GC Services”.
07-27-2016 - School District Budget Committee Members Needed
The Hood River County School District is looking for committed citizens to join its budget committee. The committee of appointed community members and school board members are tasked with reviewing and approving the District’s budget. Vacancies are in the following regional areas:
Zone 1 - 3-year term through June 2019 (West Hood River and Cascade Locks) Zone 5 - 3-year term through June 2019 (Parkdale)
A map of the District zone boundaries is available online at:
The budget committee, made up of seven citizens and seven school board directors, meets in May to review the proposed budget, take public comment and approve a budget to be reviewed by the school board. Once approved, it's set for final adoption by the school board.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., September 30, 2016.