Central Point School District #6


Contact Us


Address: 300 Ash Street
Central Point, OR 97502
Phone: (541) 494-6200
Fax: (541) 664-1637
Email Contact Form


District Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM


Board Meeting August 19th at 6:30 pm

July 4th, 2014 by Samantha Steele

The Central Point School District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm in the District Office Boardroom.

District 6 closed on Friday, June 27th

June 26th, 2014 by Samantha Steele

In preparation for a brand new network, District 6 will be closed on Friday, June 27th.  All systems (including phone, internet and Synergy) will be down from 10:00 am on Friday, June 27th until Monday morning, June 30th.  The district office and all district schools will be closed on Friday, June 27th.   Please note that summer lunch will be available on Friday, June 27th at CPE.

District staff will be able to access their email (because our email system is hosted by Google) on phones, other devices, or from home (or, anywhere that they have internet access).   In the event that you need to contact someone at the district level, please email Superintendent Samantha Steele, samantha.steele@district6.org, or contact her via cell phone 541.840.5644.


Memorial for Tami Smurzynski Saturday, May 24th

May 23rd, 2014 by Samantha Steele

softball for tami  A celebration of Tami Smurzynski’s life is slated for Saturday, May 24th at 3:00 pm at Del Rio Winery.   Tami was a valuable and loved member of the Sams Valley Elementary staff and the entire District 6 community.  She is also the mother of two incredible District 6 students and scholarships have been established in their names at Chase Bank.  We’ll miss Tami at SVE, in the stands at Crater Softball games, at Hanby events, and in the community.


Sams Valley Elementary Open on Friday, May 23

May 22nd, 2014 by Samantha Steele

Staff and students will be welcomed back to Sams Valley Elementary on Friday, May 23rd.  All busses will run their regular routes.

Servpro completed a preventative disinfecting of all horizontal surfaces using an EPA registered disinfectant. All common surfaces, including but not limited to, all desks, chairs, tables, counters, keyboards, monitors, computer accessories, light switches, doors, door knobs, door openings, student storage areas, all bathroom fixtures, stall partitions and all floors were disinfected. In addition to cleaning the areas inside the school, Servpro is also cleaned all playground equipment and playground accessories. This precautionary cleaning was performed by using a wet wipe method.

Sams Valley Elementary Update – School Closure May 22nd

May 21st, 2014 by darlene.rambo@district6.org

Sams Valley Elementary will be closed for a second day, Thursday May 22, while Serv-Pro, a professional cleaning firm, sanitizes the facility and its contents.

The school was closed Wednesday as a precautionary measure while cleaning began, following the unexpected death Tuesday of a teacher’s aide. Jackson County health officials have conducted an inquiry (Jackson County Health & Human Services) and concluded that she died from complications from strep bacteria (i.e., strep throat).

The health department has stated that it is very uncommon for strep throat to develop into a life-threatening condition and noted that the strep bacteria are very common.  Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, District 6 will close the school Thursday as cleaning continues with hospital-grade sanitizers.

Two other school staff members have suffered illnesses, but have not reported any complications, nor are their illnesses or symptoms similar to the employee who died.

Superintendent Samantha Steele said that as the district grieves the loss of the beloved teachers aide, it remains focused on ensuring the health and well-being of students, staff and school visitors.

“We’ve worked closely with Jackson County Public Health to protect students and staff from any potential risk, however small,” Steele said. “We are confident that when the school reopens Friday students will be returning to a safe and healthy learning environment.”

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Samantha Steele, Superintendent, at 541-494-6201 or samantha.steele@district6.org

Sams Valley Elementary Update, Wednesday May 21st

May 21st, 2014 by Samantha Steele

The District 6 community is mourning the tragic loss of one of our Sams Valley Elementary staff members. Our friend and staff member passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 20th, at Providence Medical Center, after a short, unexplained illness. At this point, we are not releasing the staff member’s name publically, in order to protect the privacy of her family. Please know, however, that plans are in the works to honor her life and her contribution to our community; we will release that information soon, with permission from her family.

District counselors and psychologists were on site at Sams Valley Elementary on Tuesday, May 20th, to support students and staff as they began to work through the grieving process. Letters were also sent home with students Tuesday afternoon so that parents were informed and could provide support for their children.

Tuesday evening, District officials learned that one of the employee’s immediate family members was also hospitalized at Providence (that family member was released from Providence this morning) and that there are two other SVE staff members suffering from an illness. After consulting with Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Public Health Officer, we determined that Sams Valley Elementary be closed on Wednesday, May 21st for cleaning, as a precautionary measure. Dr. Shames emphasized that there is no known public health risk at this time and that the steps to close SVE for the day were precautionary.

Dr. Shames has been in communication with medical staff at Providence and said that there is no confirmation at this point that the illnesses are connected. He did agree that closing the school for cleaning was a prudent, precautionary step to ensure the safety of our staff and students and reassure parents.

District officials continue to be in contact with the Jackson County Health Department as they investigate this issue and will follow any suggested protocols should a public health risk emerge. At this time, there is no reason for students or staff to seek medical attention unless they present with symptoms that would typically require medical attention.

Any updates about this situation will be posted on the Central Point School District website at www.district6.org. If you have questions about this situation, please contact Superintendent, Samantha Steele at 494-6201 or 494-6202.


Bus Delay

May 21st, 2014 by darlene.rambo@district6.org

Students riding busses that normally make their exchange at Sams Valley will be dropped off approximately 15-20 minutes later than their normal time this afternoon (Wednesday, May 21st).  Because of the closure at Sams Valley, the bus transfer site has been moved to the bus yard which will delay the time students arrive home.  Busses impacted by this are:  30 – Duck,   31 – Fish,   33 – Spider,    34 – Lion,   35 – Lamb,   36 – Panda.

Sams Valley Elementary School closed Wednesday, May 21

May 20th, 2014 by Samantha Steele

Sams Valley Elementary will be closed on Wednesday, May 21 for cleaning, as a precautionary measure, due to an unexplained illness.   Busses will not pick up Sams Valley students on Wednesday and the school is expected to re-open on Thursday, May 22.

After consultation with Dr. Jim Shames, Public Health Officer and Medical Director of Jackson County Health, District 6 officials determined that Sams Valley Elementary be closed for cleaning. Dr. Shames emphasized that although public health is not at risk, cleaning the facility, as a precaution, is a prudent step to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Additional information, as it comes available, will be posted on the Central Point School District website www.district6.org



2014 Budget Message

May 13th, 2014 by Samantha Steele

The 2014-15 budget presented is not everything we wish for our students. It is, however, the best scenario provided the resources available. The budget was developed to ensure the best possible educational opportunities for our students—in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities—within the constraints of state and federal mandates.


Unlike the past few years, we enter the 2014-15 school year with positive news.   The following actions and events have assisted in reversing a trend of deficit spending and have also allowed for a modest increase in our general fund budget:

  • In the second half of the biennium, we will receive 51% of the budget, which means an approximate increase of $1 million dollars from last year’s allocation, and reflects the Oregon Legislature’s concerted effort to reverse the erosion of public school funding,
  • An additional $800,000 in State School Fund support from actions taken by the legislature during their special session in September,
  • A state adjustment in the poverty formula brought an additional $389,000 in State School Fund support to our district,
  • $400,000 to $600,000 in higher than expected real estate tax receipts,
  • A PERS reform bill passed in August 2013 saved approximately $750,000 by reducing our projected PERS rate increase by 4.4%. Although this cost reduction assists our overall level of available resources, our PERS rates are projected to increase 2.5% in 2015-16. 

These increases are significant for our district, as we have relied on our ending fund balance to make up the difference between our revenue and expenditures.   In 2013-14 we expect to receive $35 million in revenue and expect to spend $36 million. Therefore, we will use $1 million from our ending fund balance to cover the difference in the 13-14 budget year. The increase in revenue for 2014-15 is just in time, as our ending fund balance now hovers at 5%.


The budget also reflects anticipated increases in base level expenditures (some of which are beyond the district’s control). Anticipated increases include:

  • General escalations for employees (including $315,000 in contractual obligations such as “steps”),
  • Anticipated increases in transportation costs,
  • An increase of $100,000 in special education costs for high need students,
  • A 3% increase for non-labor expenditures to address inflation—particularly in areas such as fuel and utilities.

Additions to the 2014-15 budget include:

  • A contingency teacher at Scenic Middle School to reduce class size at the 7th grade level,
  • The addition of a Volunteer Coordinator (classified position) to serve all five elementary schools in coordinating co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and activities,
  • A sorely needed network update to provide adequate technology infrastructure for all of our computer labs, phones and tech systems ($800, 000; financed over four years).

Factors that remain unknown at the time the budget was developed, but may impact expenditures, include settlement of collective bargaining agreements for both licensed and classified staff.



While the increases in revenue are both significant and timely, and the increases in expenditures relatively minor, the district is also faced with declining enrollment—a trend that ultimately erodes our ability to increase spending with additional staff or programs. Like many districts in the region and state, Central Point School District has suffered a slight but steady decrease in enrollment. Our March 2013 adjustment reflected a loss of 86 ADMw, or approximately $600,000.   The decline in enrollment is primarily attributed to a slow economic recovery in our area and a trend, both regionally and at the state level, for affected families to move to more urban areas with affordable housing. Although overall our enrollment is down, the district continues to attract students from outside our boundaries through the inter-district transfer process (annual data demonstrates that consistently, more students transfer into our district than leave our district—in 2013-14 inter-district transfers resulted in a net gain of 54 students). Recent changes in OARs may make it easier for students to transfer and may help minimize the impact of declining enrollment for the 2014-15 budget year.



The District 6 community has much to be proud of in our public schools—District 6 outperformed the region with the highest percentage of “above average” (Top Third) schools in the region (70%) and the lowest percentage (10%) of “below average” schools in the region, when compared to similar schools statewide (based on the 2012-13 Oregon Report Card).


Further, our district delivers a very cost-effective program as we receive less revenue per student than our neighboring districts. Compared to other districts in the region, District 6 experienced an average revenue disadvantage of $1,015 per student, per year, over the past seven-year period (total operating revenue from 2005-2012). If District 6 had received even the regional average revenue per student, our district would have had an additional $4.7 million per year or $33.1 million during the seven-year period reviewed.


Finally, the primary expenditure in our budget is employees—our single greatest resource. District 6 schools are successful, even with limited financial resource, because of the skill, passion, commitment, and sometimes downright heroism of our employees. There simply isn’t more important work and I’m proud to be part of public education in District 6.



Samantha Steele



Crater Graduation

May 12th, 2014 by admin

Crater High School is proud to announce that our 2014 Graduation ceremony can be viewed online June 4th starting at 7:30 p.m.  at www.tablerocksports.net.