Superintendent's Message

  • Dan Goldman March 2015

    While I hope our wonderful staff and students are enjoying their Spring Break Vacation, I am writing tonight because our students and schools need your help now! This morning Oregon's legislative leadership announced that they are moving forward with a $7.255 billion K-12 budget recommendation. Over the next days (probably on Thursday), legislators in Salem will vote on whether to settle for a State School Fund (SSF) budget that will impose more cuts affecting our students, or aim higher. All this, while many students, families, and educators are on vacation!

    If adopted, this funding level means serious reductions for schools across Oregon and here in Hood River County. The legislators pushing for this funding level are using "fuzzy math" to substantiate what they are calling a "stable budget." The reality across Oregon is that most school districts, like ours, need at least a $7.5 billion SSF to avoid cuts to staff, programs and school days (or some combination thereof). Many school districts, like our neighbors to the east (The Dalles and Pendleton) and west (Gresham Barlow and Reynolds), need more than $7.5 billion just to maintain their current program levels. Click here to read full article, Funding Advocacy Letter, Funding Levels Poster.

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Located in the beautiful Hood River Valley, the Hood River County School District provides exceptional opportunities for students. Thanks to strong community support, our schools offer full-day kindergarten, experienced and expert staff, extracurricular programs at middle and high schools, and a wide range of college-credit and advanced-placement courses. More than 80 percent of our graduates pursue education beyond high school. We have recently invested $25 million to increase energy efficiency, add classrooms and upgrade key components of our school buildings. Come check us out!

Current News

04-24-15 - 2015-2016 School Calendar Approved by School Board
The HRCSD School Board recently approved the 2015-2016 School Calendar and can be downloaded here - English / Spanish. The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year will be September 8th.

04-21-15 - Kindergarten Roundup
The Hood River County School District will hold their annual “Kindergarten Roundup” during the week of May 4 - 8, 2015. This is the time for parents to register their children entering kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Read more...

04-18-15 Notice of Budget Committee Meetings
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Hood River County School District, Hood River County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, will be held at Hood River Valley High School Library, 1220 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River, OR 97031. The meeting will take place on May 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm and May 13 and 20, as needed. Read more...

04-15-15 - Catherine Dalbey Selected as Human Resources Director
Superintendent Dan Goldman is pleased and excited to announce that Catherine Dalbey has been selected as the next Human Resources Director for the Hood River County School District beginning July 1, 2015. Her selection will be presented to the School Board on April 22nd for formal approval. Ms. Dalbey will be replacing Kevin Noreen who has resigned the position effective June 30. Read more...

04-14-15 - Cascade Locks Elementary Principal Kim Vogel Announces Retirement
Kim Vogel, principal at Cascade Locks Elementary School, announced that she will be retiring from the Hood River County School District at the end of the school year. Read more...

04-07-15 HRCSD Accepting Out of District Applications for Students Who Wish to Pay Tuition
The Hood River County School District is accepting applications for out-of-district students who wish to pay tuition. Applicants may apply for any school within the District and will be accepted on a space-available basis. The cost of tuition for out-of-district students for the 2015-16 school-year is $9,300. Application forms can be found under Student Transfers, or click here to download and fill out the Tuition form. Applications for tuition-based registrations should be turned in by July 1st and will be evaluated as they are submitted. Applications can be turned into the School District Office at 1011 Eugene St., faxed to 541-387-5099, or emailed to Please contact the District Office at 541-387-5013 with questions about the application process.

03-31-05 - New Mid Valley Elementary Principal Selected for 2015/16 School Year
Superintendent Dan Goldman is pleased and excited to announce that Kim Yasui has been selected as the next principal of Mid Valley Elementary School beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Her selection will be presented to the School Board on April 8th for formal approval. Mrs. Yasui will be replacing Dennis McCauley who is retiring at the end of the school year. Read more...

03-31-15 - Don Benefield Selected as Next Transportation Supervisor
Don Benefield has been selected as the next Transportation Supervisor. His selection will be presented to the School Board on April 8th for formal approval. Mr. Benefield is replacing Cindy Sim, who resigned earlier this year. Read more...

02-19-15 - HRVHS Graduation Rate Ranks Well Above State Average
For the fourth year in a row, Hood River Valley High School's 4-year graduation rate ranked amongst the state's best. With an 81.40% on-time 4-year graduation rate and a 90.61% 5-year completer rate, HRVHS is outpacing the state averages in nearly every metric used to measure graduation rates. The State of Oregon recently announced that Oregon's 4-year graduation rate for 2014 was 71.98%; this represents a slight increase in the state's most notable metric for measuring school success. Read more...

02-19-15 - Community Listening Session Survey
Superintendent, Dan Goldman continues to collect feedback from parents, staff and community members regarding the District's budget for the 2015-16 school year and District's programs. Click here to take listening session survey. Haga clic aquí para tomar la escucha encuesta sesión.

02-11-15 - Updated School Calendar
The Hood River County School District will be making up the two days cancelled back in November due to inclement weather. Students will have school on Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th. June 12th will be the last day of school and it will be a full school day. If we experience any additional days of inclement weather that require the District to close school, the make-up of those days will be addressed shortly thereafter. An updated calendar with the make-up school days is available here.

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