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Learn more about our CAMP program

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

CAMP information night for new families interested in our magnet program.

January 29th at 7pm in the Hanby Library.


Central Point School District 6 Compliance with Division 22 Standards

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

As reported to the School Board on January 9, 2018, Central Point School District 6 is in compliance with all state standards set forth in OAR chapter 581, division 22.

Division 22_Report to Community

MLK Event Statement

Friday, January 12th, 2018

January 12, 2018

District 6 Community:

The Central Point Community MLK celebration last evening included student-­produced material that many members of the audience – especially younger students – found upsetting or offensive. I sincerely regret aspects of the program that could be perceived as inappropriately political, disturbing, or unsuitable for younger students.

District 6 encourages and supports student voice — especially the voices of those who have been marginalized, discriminated against or abused. We also recognize that students may need guidance about where and how that message is communicated to be most effective, and last evening was a missed opportunity to do so. An event that was billed as a “community celebration of MLK” was not the place for explicit and disturbing material. Further, I’m concerned that the tone and some of the material could be construed as more divisive than uniting — the opposite of Dr. King’s message.

In the future, every effort will be made to assure that material presented at community or school events be reviewed by an administrator prior to public performance.  Further, school staff will provide specific information about content in performances that may be unsuitable for younger students and communicate that information to parents and audience members prior to the performance.  Finally, our concerns about the event and meeting these expectations have been communicated with staff involved.

I very much appreciate the feedback we received from parents and community about this event. District 6 remains committed to providing an educational experience that is safe, thoughtful and supportive of ALL students.


Samantha Steele


Budget Committee Vacancy

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

School District #6 is presently in the process of accepting applications for the District #6 Budget Committee. We have one position open at this time.

This committee convenes primarily in May to analyze budget requests and make appropriate recommendations.  An applicant must be a registered voter and have lived in School District #6 for a minimum of one year.

Budget Committee members are selected by the Board of Directors from a pool of available applicants.  Term of office is three years.

Applications are available at the Central Point Administration Office (300 Ash Street) or by clicking on the link below.  Completed applications should be returned to Amy Shipley, District Administration Office. This position will remain open until filled.


2016-2017 Report Cards

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Oregon School and District Report Cards

Annually, the state of Oregon assesses school and district performance based upon metrics including student attendance, graduation, and standardized test performance. While standardized testing is not our purpose in District 6, we do pay attention to that data as one indicator of our performance. Other data such as graduation rates and attendance rates are reviewed at the school and district level to identify areas of success and areas of challenge. This year, our district out-performed the state in some key areas – drop-out rates are significantly lower than state and region averages; graduation rates are higher than state and region averages, and our High School English Language Arts, Middle School Math, and both High School and Middle School Science exceeded the state averages. Please see links to the report cards here:
























Updates to test results for lead levels in D6 schools

Friday, October 20th, 2017

October 20, 2017

Results of our follow up tests for faucets which exceeded EPA limits during our previous rounds of testing in December and April are listed below. These tests, along with future tests, are part of the District’s protocol to locate the sources of lead. Remedies to correct lead levels which exceed EPA limits may include replacement of fixtures, the addition of filters, and/or other plumbing projects.  Alternative sources of water may be supplied if plumbing work cannot be completed in time for school.  This process represents our commitment to provide our students and staff with water which meet standards set by the EPA.

Test Results Scenic Middle School

Test Results Central Point Elementary School

Test Results Jewett Elementary School

Air Quality Update–September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8th, 2017

A shift in weather has allowed for some improvement in air quality; it’s a welcome change.  Principals and school staff will use the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Index, aligned to the EPA’s Guide for Schools, to make decisions about student activity.  This means that outdoor activities may be possible today.  If you would like your student to remain indoors, please send a note or contact your child’s school–an indoor option is always available.  Should your child choose to remain indoors for any reason, he or she will be allowed to stay in.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building principal or you’re always welcome to contact me–Samantha Steele samantha.steele@district6.org, 541-494-6201 (office) 541-840-5644 (cell).

Air Quality Update and FAQ–September 6, 2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

While many parents are relieved that schools are up and running throughout the valley, we’ve had our share of concerns—many of those posted on the district and school FaceBook pages.  The following is a “Frequently Asked Questions” that may give some insight into our logic about keeping our schools open.

 The Air Quality Index is consistently poor—from “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” and “hazardous”—why would schools remain open?

While the air quality is indeed terrible, we want to be sure that parents and families have a choice about sending kids to schools.  Some families, especially those with children who have medical issues or are sensitive to smoke, may choose to keep their children home.  Others simply feel more comfortable keeping their kids at home during this time.  And, some families view the smoky air as inescapable and find that our schools are no worse than the air quality in their homes and communities.  Closing schools for all students removes the choice for families and requires every student to stay home.  We respect and support the decisions of parents who choose to send their kids to school as well as parents who choose to keep their kids at home.

How are you monitoring air quality?

We’ve consistently used the DEQ’s website, www.deq.state.or.us and the data from the Medford Grant/Belmont station (this is the station closest to our district).    As the air quality shifts (we hope) over the next few weeks, we’ll use the Air Quality Index, along with the EPA Guidelines for Schools, the Oregon Health Department Guidelines for Student Activity and the OSSA Guidelines to make decisions about outdoor student activity.  If you’ve been on-line, you know that the DEQ site has experienced some difficulties because of high traffic—we continue to “refresh” the page and have been able (so far) to get data virtually every hour.  Also, we can use the 5-3-1 Visibility Index and would use the more conservative of the two.

What about my student missing class, assignments and instruction?

Schools and staff will do everything possible to provide assignments and support for students who do not attend.  Should you choose to keep your child at home, contact your school to discuss options that would best support you and your child.  Getting assignments and homework is one option.  For those who would like to reduce the number of hours their child is in school, talk with your principal about a partial day schedule.  These are extraordinary circumstances—our school staff recognizes that and we have nothing but respect for our parents’ choices for their own children.

What about classrooms and schools without air conditioning?

There is no doubt that air-conditioning assists with making classrooms more comfortable and it does assist with some air filtering.  However, in schools and classrooms, students entering and exiting (opening doors throughout the day) mitigates much of air filtering benefit of the air conditioning.  Additionally, many of our buildings are designed so that each classroom opens to the outside (no interior hall ways), so students are outside between classes, going to the cafeteria or library, etc.  Classrooms without air conditioning have had to manage both heat and air quality—definitely a difficult situation and one that we’re monitoring.

Why have there been windows and doors open at my child’s school?

Ideally, the weather outside would be mild and keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible would be the rule of thumb.  However, teachers and other staff will make decisions as conditions evolve—they are likely trying to strike a balance between heat and smoky air.  Our maintenance department is working closely with principals to identify the best strategies for individual buildings and classrooms.  Truly, teachers and staff are making every effort to provide the safest and most comfortable learning environment given the circumstances.

Why are some students outside during the school day?

School staff rely on the DEQ hourly index to make decisions about student activity, aligned with the Oregon Health Department Guidelines and the EPA Guidelines for Schools.  Please know that parents may request that their child not be outside—contact your school.  And, any student may request an “indoor” option, even when the air quality allows for light outdoor activity.

What about adding window or portable air-conditioners to classrooms that don’t have central air?

A few folks have stepped forward and offered to donate portable air conditioners (many thanks!).  District staff will respond to these requests and suggestions by evaluating the space intended for the portable A/C and determine whether or not adding that appliance will exceed the electoral load for the circuit.   Unfortunately, in our older buildings (the one’s without A/C) the electrical system may not be equipped to handle multiple A/C units, technology, and all of the other things we plug in that didn’t exist when the building was built.   We’ll work with our Maintenance Department to further problem solve this issue on a case by case basis.

What can I do if I still have questions or concerns?

For questions specific to your child and school, the building principal is the best option.  If you have questions about our district procedures during this time, or have some great ideas for helping us navigate this, please contact me samantha.steele@district6.org, 541-494-6201 (office), 541-840-5644 (cell).  We certainly don’t have all of the answers, but I know the D6 community—parents, kids, and staff—can work together during this difficult time to keep our kids safe and healthy.


Monday, June 12th, 2017

2017-18 Budget Message

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

After a one year reprieve from using cash carry-over to close the gap between revenue and expenditures, Central Point School District 6 returns to a budget that will require access to cash reserves to avoid cuts and ensure that we staff our schools to meet the needs of a growing enrollment. While the focus of our annual budget message is our school district, this year it is also important to consider why the state school fund is lacking while the Oregon economy is booming.

Oregonians see signs of a robust state economy everywhere they look – there are “help wanted” signs in the window of local businesses. Further, unemployment rates are the lowest on Oregon record, income is increasing and the housing market is growing at a rapid pace. Many of us find it hard to believe that our schools could be underfunded during this economic boom. However, the state school fund is predicted to fall significantly short of what will be required to maintain services and programs for most school districts in Oregon.

An April 9th editorial in the Oregonian summarizes the state budget issue – Oregon’s economic growth and resulting state revenue simply cannot keep up with its spending. The expansion of Medicaid and other health insurance increases, the unfunded PERS liability and the $357 million dollars in unfunded ballot measures approved by voters in November, are each a major contributor to a growing gap between Oregon’s revenue and spending.


The 2017-18 school year is the first year in the biennium and revenue from the state school fund is currently a moving target; we may not have a final figure until July (after statute requires an approved budget for the district). So far, it looks as though getting to that number will be a wild ride. The governor’s budget put the state school fund at about $8 billion, with the caveat that the state must have a plan to increase revenue. The co-chairs’ of Oregon’s legislative joint Ways and Means produced an “existing resources budget framework” that put the state school fund at around $7.8 billion. For some perspective on those numbers, COSA (the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators) and OSBA (Oregon School Boards’ Association) have identified $8.0 billion as “cuts” level funding for most districts and $8.4 billion as “the minimum” required to maintain programs and services.

However, the Central Point School District is in the fortunate minority – the combination of a strong beginning fund balance and steady enrollment increases will allow the district to avoid cuts and provide the staffing required to meet growing enrollment. We’ve built the 2017-18 budget on an anticipated $7.9 billion-dollar state school fund (our conservative best guess).

Our projected beginning fund balance is about $5 million and our projected general fund revenue is at $48.2 million (this includes beginning fund balance, state school fund and property tax revenue). Our general fund revenue projection is also based on a slight enrollment increase.


The proposed 2017-18 budget will maintain services and programs and provide the additional staff required to meet enrollment increases.

Additions to the budget include 32.5 FTE (both classified and certified). While that number is astounding, the funding for most of these positions will be off-set by decreased program costs through SOESD. New positions funded to address program, services and enrollment include: 6.0 FTE at elementary, and 6.0 FTE at middle school and 2.0 FTE in additional programs and services. Further, we’ve budgeted for new classroom set-ups, a professional development fund, a technology investment fund and funding for additional facilities.

While we’re fortunate to avoid cuts, it’s important to note that many of the programs and services on the chopping block in other districts, are programs and services that District 6 was not able to “add back” following the last recession. On average, revenue for District 6 remains lower than other local districts (the combination of general fund revenue and federal fund revenue). Further, we’re committed to attracting and retaining the best possible staff by offering competitive compensation packages that are above average. Because of fewer dollars in revenue and more dollars in expenditures, our class sizes are higher than average and programs such as elementary music and some activities and athletics are not yet at pre-recession levels.

Challenges and Opportunities

Many of the challenges and opportunities identified last year, remain this year.

  • Special Education costs continue to increase. We are assessing the value of services offered through SOESD and where it is both cost effective and best for our students, we will transition to in-district services. For the 2017-18 school year, the STEPS program (which is already housed in district and is comprised of primarily District 6 students) and some specialists (autism and psychologists) will transition from SOESD programs to District 6 programs.
  • Class sizes continue to be above average for both Oregon and the region. However, open enrollment has allowed for additional teachers at three elementary schools and both middle schools – we expect class sizes to decrease in 2017-18.
  • Our facilities continue to be a challenge: heating and cooling issues; school safety; universal design for student access; classroom space in our in-town schools; and many other issues that emerge from well-worn and well-loved facilities. This year, we’ll not only invest in tackling some deferred maintenance, but will use a $1.5 million-dollar grant for seismic retro-fit at Mae Richardson Elementary. Finally, the district is considering how to best utilize our existing facilities, and add additional classroom space where needed.

District 6 remains committed to our communities. Our goal in the 2017-18 budget is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students while remaining good stewards of our public funds. Our strategy includes identifying efficiencies and making investments in the programs and services with the most significant impact on our kids.


District 6 is dedicated to helping each student reach his or her full potential. The outcomes identified in our strategic planning process in 2014 remain our focus: Core Knowledge; Creative Problem Solving; Collaboration; Transition; Communication and Character. Our 2017-18 budget reflects the programs and talented staff that we know will make a difference in every child’s success.

Samantha Steele