Friday, August 29, 2003
The 2003-04 Hood River County School District starts classes Sept. 2, with a new superintendent and new paint, paving and other improvements throughout its facilities. A new paint job at Hood River Valley High School, done this week, is among the more prominent upgrades in the district.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, but it’s always exciting,” said Dr. Pat Evenson-Brady Friday of the prospect of opening school doors again Tuesday. Evenson-Brady, a former assistant superintendent with Hood River, took the helm July 1.
She said the district will see big enrollment increases at Wy’east Middle School, with an additional 50 students, in the Hood River Middle School sixth grade, and at Westside Elementary. (All parents of new kindergarten, first and third grade students are asked to enroll at May Street Elementary for the time being.)
The district won’t have overall enrollment figures until later next week, but “if everyone who shows up does so we could have a big increase,” Evenson-Brady said.
She quipped, “There are a lot of new faces, myself among them.” (Turn to page A6 for photos of the district’s new teachers.)
On the 2003-04 budget, Evenson-Brady said that if the just-passed state education budget of $5.205 billion holds firm, the district will avoid making more cuts this year.
She said it is a virtual certainty that the district will need to seek a local tax option to help fund the 2004-05 school year, a course of action she is still researching and discussing with Hood River County officials and other community leaders.
School starts Sept. 2 for all elementary students, sixth graders, and all Cascade Locks students.
HRVHS freshmen start school on Sept. 3; HRVHS students in grades 10-12 start school Sept. 4. Call your individual school for further details.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge