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Oregon Trail School District's 2013-14 school year is under way

The Oregon Trail School District is well into its back to school routine. The first day back was Monday, Aug. 25.

This year, the Oregon Trail School District is welcoming three new principals. Rachael George has taken over at Sandy Grade, Nicole Johnston is at Cedar Ridge Middle School and Ginger Redlinger is at Oregon Trail Academy.

Oregon Trail School district’s enrollment was 4,363 student as of Wednesday, Aug. 27, which is an increase of more than 70 since the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

In addition to its new principals, the district also is introducing 22 new teachers to its full-time staff: 10 at Sandy High, three at Sandy Grade, two at Kelso, two at Oregon Trail Academy, one at Firwood and two at the district to visit each of the schools.

Michelle Bennett, a new third-grade teacher at Sandy Grade says that despite the increase in enrollment at the district, it still feels like a close knit community.

"I enjoy the small district, which is especially nice for new teachers," Bennett says. "I don't feel lost."

Bennett, who served as a substitute teacher for the district in spring of 2014, says she has felt welcomed by the entire district.

"Staff have been really supportive, the principal has been great and my kids are wonderful," she said.