Bethel School Board

Budget Committee Approves 2017-18 Budget

Members of the Bethel Budget Committee, including State Senator James Manning, study the district proposal before approving the plan in a unanimous vote.

After expressing concern about the lack of funding and going over the spending proposals for every department, the Bethel Budget Committee has approved the budget plan for the coming school year.

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the plan at its June 26th meeting.

The district faces a $2.3 million budget gap but intends to avoid increasing class sizes by instead using budget reduction days.

The budget tentatively calls for 10 budget reduction days. The Bethel Calendar Committee will meet next week to determine which days to cut, and develop a plan to restore those days should funding become available.

You are encouraged to email your legislators (Rep. Julie Fahey and Sen. James Manning…he’s on our budget committee!) and let them know your thoughts. They want to hear from you, and it’s likely you have something to say.

WHS Games Postponed; School Board Meeting Continues

Previously scheduled Willamette girls and boys basketball games with Grants Pass High School will be postponed tonight, Monday, January 9th.  Grants Pass officials originally determined conditions had improved enough that the games could occur, but later this morning decided against it.

The Bethel School Board meeting will take place as scheduled tonight, 7:00 p.m. in the District office.

Superintendent Leaving For State Position

Superintendent Colt Gill has improved the outcomes and the reputation of Bethel School District during his 10 year tenure.

Superintendent Colt Gill has improved the outcomes and the reputation of Bethel School District during his 10 year tenure.

After 10 years of leading Bethel School District, superintendent Colt Gill has accepted a state education leadership position.

Following an executive session, the School Board voted to seek an agreement with Deputy Superintendent Chris Parra to serve as the interim leader of the district for the 2016-17 school year.

The decision was praised by Colt who noted that Parra has been serving as his close advisor since joining Bethel in 2010. She would become the 7th superintendent in Bethel history, and its first woman superintendent.

The Governor recruited Colt to become the state’s Education Innovation Officer, a newly-created role designed to identify effective education practices, set policy, and determine funding priorities that will improve the graduation rate and student readiness for college or a career.

Read the Governor’s statement here.

Colt is a widely respected and innovative leader in Bethel and statewide, and turned down numerous overtures from school districts and education organizations in recent years.

Under his guidance, Bethel’s outcomes and reputation have grown. Bethel has the highest graduation rate in the Eugene-Springfield area, is a recognized leader in equity and inclusion efforts, school safety measures, college and career program offerings, teaching with proficiency, early reading instruction, behavior support, and keeping kids on track to graduate from kindergarten on-up; and Bethel has earned tremendous community support as evidenced by the 73% Yes vote for the 2012 bond measure.

Colt starts with the state on June 1st but will be able to also continue working with Bethel through most of June.

Bethel Welcomes New Special Services Director

Amy Tidwell, Bethel's new Special Services Director, talks with School Board chair Paul Jorgensen after the Board unanimously approved of her hiring.

Amy Tidwell, Bethel’s new Special Services Director, talks with School Board chair Paul Jorgensen after the Board unanimously approved her hiring.

Amy Tidwell has been selected as Bethel’s new Special Services Director to replace Monique Siemerink, who is retiring.

When she starts on July 1, Amy will bring a wide variety of experience including as a general education teacher and special education teacher in an alternative school.

Amy has been a building-level administrator at all levels and has district-level experience as an educational support services administrator.

She is well-versed in Special Education law, instructional practices, curriculum and PBIS, and has a strong reputation for her communication and support skills and her consistent focus on equity.

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