The importance of 'adequate' administration
This year Scappoose School District has grown its capacity in multiple ways. We are now able to provide students and staff with better services.
¦ Our students have better aligned curriculum and instruction.
¦ Access to more practical assessment tools across all grades.
¦ Much better real-world aligned, future-oriented learning opportunities are planned for next year.
¦ Our employees have access to a human resources person whose sole assignment is personnel support, with a mission to ensure better district compliance with human resources requirements in all areas.
¦ We are moving towards better communication by expanding social media connections and more news links and articles across the district.
¦ Our long-range planning process is underway and we are pleased to be on course to really engage the community.
Who needs administrators?
Administration is often seen as expensive and irrelevant to positive student learning in school districts. Furthermore, teachers are generally believed to be the only factor contributing to school success. School success and student learning is, in fact, dependent on multiple support personnel in school building administration, in district offices, as well as in classrooms with teachers and support staff.
Last summer the Scappoose School Board instructed me to expand the administrative capacity of the Scappoose School District. They expressed a concern that the district office was and had been understaffed for a long time. Board members indicated concerns about human resources and communications. They also gave me latitude to decide which other gaps existed in district services and to cover them as
well as possible with available resources.
What positive changes are happening?
We are striving to develop a joint venture with Portland Community College that has been a long time coming for Columbia County, specifically, Scappoose and St. Helens school districts. This partnership agreement will bring to our facilities tremendous opportunities for current and future students. It promises an injection of technology, equipment, know-how and courses.
The goal is that once Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) opens, our students will be ready to take advantage of any apprenticeship openings there immediately, and implies that students should be on track to pick career pathways to family-wage jobs anywhere.
With bolstered support for schools because of comprehensive supervision, we are better able to sustain and improve programs that data have shown are closing student skill-gaps and broadening learning experiences across the grades.
Growing student learning in all aspects of life is our goal, and Scappoose School District is working hard to achieve it.