Superintendent's Message

  • Dan Goldman

    May 4, 2017

    Good afternoon HRCSD Educators,

    Last night the budget committee approved the 2017-18 proposed budget.  It pains me to report that this is a cuts budget.

    As I’ve recently discussed with you, the Oregon Legislature is poised to consider a K-12 education budget that is $600 million below what it would cost to maintain the current level of programs and staffing for schools across the state. To maintain our current level of services here in HRCSD, the State School Fund (SSF) must be $8.4 billion for the 2017-19 biennium. There are some signs that the Oregon Legislature will increase the SSF from its current $7.8 billion level, but that is still an unknown. We have optimistically planned our 2017-18 budget using $8.0159 billion, which was the Governor’s initial proposal. The Budget Committee agreed with our hopeful budget number, despite the inherent risks.

    The result is that our budget for next year includes approximately $800k in program reductions on top of spending $2.1 million from reserves. That means we will have $2.1 million more program (e.g., staffing) next year than we are expecting to receive from the state. In order for us to maintain that level the following year (2018-19), we will need at least another $2.1 left in our reserves. Our budget achieves that goal, but not without reductions to staffing levels, textbook purchases, technology purchasing, field trips, athletic competitions, and the like. I am still optimistic that we will achieve our staffing reductions through attrition (as people retire) and avoid a Reduction in Force.

    Many Oregonians have contacted decision-makers in Salem about prioritizing school funding. People have expressed that class sizes and breadth of educational programming are critically important to the State’s future. HRCSD shares those values - and I applaud you for continuing to convert scarce resources into high-impact services for students. This is a tribute to the work you do - to all HRCSD employees. But anything less than $8.4 billion in the State School Fund is unacceptable. Please consider making your voice heard. For more information about how to contact decision-makers in Salem about school funding, go to

    HRCSD is committed to fiscal stability and the 2017-18 approved budget is specifically built with consideration of the longer-term impacts of continued massive PERS rate increases and escalating healthcare costs. The 2017-18 approved budget is available on the District website and I have attached the budget message presentation for your review.

    I want to thank you again for being the best, most dedicated educational staff in the state (and likely beyond). It is truly my honor to try to support you the best that I can under the financial circumstances. Together, I know we will continue to deliver for our students and make a difference in the fight for education funding in Salem.



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  • 06-23-17 Upcoming School Board Meeting
    The next School Board meeting will be held on June 28th at 6:30pm at the District Office. Topics include:

    • School-based Health Center
    • Approve River Mile Project Grant Award
    • Approve 2017-2018 Fee Schedule
    • Approve Resolution #16-17/15 Budget Transfer
    • Approve 2017-2018 Board Meeting Schedule
    • Certify May 16, 2017 HRCSD Board of Directors Election Results

    Click here for full agenda.

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  • 06-23-17 - Milk and Dairy Products Request for Bid
    Hood River County School District, an equal opportunity employer, will accept sealed bids for "Milk and Dairy Products" for the school year August 31, 2017 through August 31, 2018, with four optional annual renewals through the 2021-2022 school year, to be delivered as specified.

    Specifications are available in the Business Services Office, Administration Building, located at 1011 Eugene St, Hood River, OR 97031, or click here to download the PDF file. Previous bidders on the Nutrition Services Bidder's List will receive copies of the bid through the U.S. Postal Service.

    Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Financial Officer at the above address until 1:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, July 25, 2017.

    All bids submitted must be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope, "Milk and Dairy Products Bid". Enclose fully completed and signed bid forms for Bid to be considered.

    All bidders are required to comply with the provisions of Oregon Revised Statutes. Attention is directed to: ORS 244. Government Ethics; ORS 279 Public Contracts and Purchasing; ORS Chapter 125, Division 300 to 360, Public Contract Exemptions; and State of Oregon Department of Justice Attorney General's Model Public Contract Rules Manual. Bidders must clearly indicate resident or non-resident status as required in ORS 279A.120(1).

    Quote all Prices F.O.B. Hood River County School District. If you are unable to furnish the same in accordance with our description and wish to offer a substitute, substitutes will be considered when accompanied with samples and complete details. Unless bidder states otherwise, it is understood that quotations are submitted on exact specifications as described in the bid.

    The District reserves the right to (1) reject any or all bids within a period not exceeding sixty (60) days from the date of bid opening, and (2) select the bid which appears to be in the best interest of the District.

    Saundra Buchanan
    Chief Financial Officer
    Hood River County School District


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  • 06-05-2017 - Rachel Harry Winner of This Years Tony Award
    Rachel Harry, Drama Teacher at Hood River Valley High School, will be awarded the Tony Award for Excellence in Theater Education.

    Rachel Harry

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