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Schofield leaving Forest Grove School District again

Mike Schofield is leaving the Forest Grove School District for a second time and returning to the Gresham-Barlow School District this summer.

He will re-join Gresham-Barlow — where he worked from 2007-09 — in July as its new chief financial officer. Schofield, who has more than 20 years of experience in the area of school finance, currently serves as CFO for the Forest Grove School District.

He began working for the Forest Grove district in 1991 as an accounting supervisor and later as business manager. He left to become CFO in Gresham-Barlow in 2007 and was CFO of the Northwest Regional Education Service District for two years before returning to the FGSD in 2011.

Superintendent Yvonne Curtis said Schofield helped guide the district through a period of tough budget reductions.

“I greatly appreciate the way he applied his skill and leadership,” Curtis said. “Moving forward, I believe Forest Grove is in excellent financial health and will thrive in the coming years.”

Schofield holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a certified management accountant through the Institute of Management Accountants.

He is the president of the Oregon Association of School Business Officials and a member of the Oregon Short-Term Fund Board. 

He replaces Jerry Jones, who will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

FGHS student a science bowl ‘all star’

Forest Grove High School’s Ian Schlegel was one of seven students named as “all stars” at this year’s Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl.

Schlegel answered 22 questions correctly to earn the honor.

More than 300 students from western and central Oregon and Washington competed for a shot to go to the National Science Bowl and $85,000 in available scholarships Feb. 1 at the University of Portland.

Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., took first place in the contest, the nation’s largest regional science bowl. In all, 72 teams of high school students competed.

“We really want to support all of you in your love of science. We need you as the innovators and leaders in the future of energy,” Elliot Mainzer, administrator of BPA, said to the high school students during a noon gathering of the competition.

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