Letter from Superintendent Gallagher
Welcome to the Brookings-Harbor School District!
Staff, Students, Parents, and Constituents:
As I write this, the 2016-17 school-year is well underway. We are all excited about the great work that we can achieve together. The district motto of “Every Student Can Succeed” drives our district as we focus on making decisions in the best interests of all our students. We need everyone’s support as we continue to strive to provide the highest quality of education possible.
The district has worked hard in repurposing its recruitment and retention plan to attract quality educators and employees. We have well over 20+ new faces this year, that have come from all over the nation including Alaska, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Florida and Colorado. Embedded within our team of new educators are ones with advanced degrees including masters and Ph.D’s credentials. In addition to added teaching positions, the district was also able to hire the first certified librarian in over 20 years to enhance our library and reading programs and a certified school psychologist. We are very fortunate to have the staff and services available to our students including class sizes that are well below state averages.
The 2016-17 district goals are consistent with the previous school year, focusing on 1. Increasing the graduation rate; 2. Improving student achievement; 3. Closing the achievement gap; 4. College and Career Readiness for all students; 5. Recruitment and Retention of Employees; and 6. Improved Community Communications. We will be report on progress throughout the 2016-17 school year as data becomes available and are expecting great outcomes in areas such as a Freshman On Track. This rate of Freshman on Track has risen to 88.7%, up from 59% just two years ago. This is a strong predictor for student success and graduation rate. Graduation rates are rising in the district. The 2016 graduation rate is expected to be at least 75 percent, up from years and years of low 60 and upper 50 percentiles.
The district truly believes that it takes an entire community to raise a child. We need your help. Chronic absenteeism rates continue to plague our classrooms. When a student is not in school, they are missing out on the lessons provided by our dedicated teaching staff. High student mobility rates, much of which is dependent upon societal issues, is a constant challenge for our educators as students continue to move in a out of our classrooms throughout the school year. These are not excuses, but realities that our staff faces on a daily basis. Everyone can help in communicating to all of our community members how important school attendance is for all students. Our students are the future adults of our community and everyone benefits when students graduate with quality academic skills.
For additional information, below is a link to the presentation that I gave during the community breakfast at the beginning of the school year that outlines the current "State of the District." In addition to this link, please visit the district report card at Oregon Department of Education that provides additional data.
I look forward to working with all of you this year and am honored to continue to serve as the Brookings-Harbor School District Superintendent. I know that we will have a great school year. See you in the community.
Sean Gallagher, Superintendent
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