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PCC promotes in-house

Three employees of Portland Community College advanced to collegewide leadership positions over the summer, the college announced Aug. 30.

Kristin Benson of North Portland is now PCC’s registrar and manager of student records, after what the college says was a competitive national search. Benson will oversee a staff of 12 in the Student Records Office, which manages many aspects of record management and compliance for the institution’s 85,000 part- and full-time students.

Former Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth is now the director of Public Safety, replacing Ken Goodwin, who retired in June. Foxworth will oversee 45 employees working across all of the college campuses, serving as incident commander and also coordinating emergency response exercises.

After what the college termed a “comprehensive national search,” Briar Schoon was named PCC’s sustainability manager, a position she has held on an interim basis since April 2014. Schoon is credited with a number of initiatives to reduce the college’s carbon footprint and boost sustainable practices in all operations, leading to numerous awards and honors.

11-year-old Portland girl wins tennis essay contest

César Chávez School sixth-grader Ashley Factor, 11, was one of 10 winners in the 18th annual National Junior Tennis and Learning Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.

More than 2,800 entries on African-American tennis legend Althea Gibson were submitted nationwide.

The winners were honored with a weekend of U.S. Open activities in New York City, including VIP status in the President’s Box at Arthur Ashe Kids Day, round-trip airfare, an Aug. 28 awards luncheon and more.

Factor is a scholar athlete at Portland Tennis and Education, who hopes to one day attend the University of Portland on her way to becoming a professional tennis player and artist, according to a news release from the U.S. Tennis Association Foundation.

Administrators association endorses M97

The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, an organization of superintendents and other education leaders, announced its support for Ballot Measure 97 on Aug. 30.

Supporters say the measure would raise needed funds for schools and other state services through a tax on larger corporations’ gross revenue over $25 million.

COSA Executive Director Craig Hawkins said in a statement that Oregon kids deserve to have more school days, smaller class sizes, better coursework, more electives, more staff, and to graduate better prepared.

“Measure 97 will make all of that possible, for the first time in more than a generation,” Hawkins said.

According to the organization, the decision to support the measure came after a year of consideration, including a mid-August meeting with campaign spokespeople.

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