Family Movie Night Benefits Kilcullen Garden

The community can support a good cause while enjoying a fun family night: an outdoor movie in Willamette High School’s Wolverine Stadium.

This Friday night, July 22, Willamette Leadership students will be showing Despicable Me on a giant screen in the stadium.

It’s just $3 per person or $10 per family, with all the proceeds going to the new Chris Kilcullen Memorial Garden at Willamette.

The gates open at 8:30 with the movie starting at 9:00. Families are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Chris Kilcullen was a WHS grad, and current students are working on a plan to convert a courtyard at the school into a garden in Kilcullen’s memory.

Student Health Center Awarded $92,000 Grant

Nurse Practioner Wendy Lang treats all Bethel students and their younger siblings.

There was a celebration at the announcement of a federal grant for the Bethel Student Health Center. $92,183 has been awarded via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Read the official announcement.

Click here to learn more about the Bethel Student Health Center.

The grant funds will be used to purchase clinical equipment that the Health Center was not able to get donated, including a sterilizer, defibrillator, centrifuge, nebulizer, oxygen tank, oximeter, stethoscope, stadiometer, and dozens of other pieces of medical equipment.

The Bethel Student Health Center is in a refurbished space in an old Home Ec room at Cascade Middle School. It has been built, furnished, and will operate solely on grants, donations, and the billing of patient insurance.

While no school district funds are being used for the Student Health Center, all Bethel School District students will benefit from its low-cost medical services.

The Health Center will be open on August 8th and 9th to provide physical exams for fall sports. Know any kids who need a physical? Call the Health Center at (541) 607-1430 to make an appointment.

Superintendent Receives Rave Reviews, Lower Salary

Superintendent Colt Gill began the school year by welcoming Dr. Thelma Melendez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.

Bethel staff and the Bethel School Board have given superintendent Colt Gill another superlative job review. But his salary will be reduced in 2011-12.

The School Board has approved a resolution acknowledging Colt’s continued strong job performance, while recognizing the district’s continued budget constraints and revenue shortfalls.

The superintendent’s salary will be reduced 5.23% due to furlough days, but Colt has agreed to continue working without pay on those district-wide furlough days (13 days as a full-year employee), just as he did during the 2010-11 school year.

His salary will then be reset by an additional 1.5% reduction.

The lowering of Colt’s salary is certainly not a result of his job performance. 342 staff members responded to an anonymous online survey this spring, offering feedback on multiple aspects of the superintendent’s performance. Click here for the survey summary.

Bethel’s staff gave Colt extremely high marks in all categories, matching the equally positive reviews the superintendent has received each year the survey has been conducted.

The Bethel School Board echoed that strong support, giving the superintendent very high marks in each category in their review. Click here for the Board Chair’s summary.

Colt Gill has been Bethel’s superintendent since 2006.

Watkins’ Retirement: End Of An Era

At a reception in his honor, Wayne Watkins reminisces with former Board member Penny Wardle.

More than three decades of service on the Bethel School Board have come to an end for Wayne Watkins. The longest-serving Board member in Bethel history has stepped down after 32 years.

In Bethel School District history there have been six Superintendents, and Watkins has worked with five of them.

He got his start as an active Bethel parent who was appointed to an open position on the Board in 1979, and never saw a reason to stop.

During his tenure Watkins has put in an estimated 3,300 hours in meetings, negotiations, school visits and conferences. That does not include the late night phone calls from constituents.

His position on the Bethel School Board will be filled by Rich Cunningham, elected to the open position in May.


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