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Message from the Superintendent: Community Partners

Hello, this is Sean Gallagher  — Superintendent of Brookings-Harbor School District here to share a few of the ways that our schools are partnering with community organizations in order to provide a healthy, safe and innovative learning environment for our students. Over the past year, we have:
1. Relocated the School-Based Health Center to a higher visibility location on campus in partnership with Curry Community Health;
2. Established a Truancy Court with the City of Brookings;
3. Placed a School Resource Counselor in the schools in partnership with Curry County Juvenile Department;
4. and, Developed additional Career Technical Education classroom space at Brookings-Harbor High School in partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College.

At Curry Community Health’s School-Based Health Center, located at 629 Easy Street in the high school parking lot, students can make and access appointments with convenience on school grounds. The center has a Public Health Nurse, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Mental Health Therapist.
 
The Truancy Court launched this fall in partnership with the City of Brookings is an important part of an overall community strategy to encourage our students and families to prioritize school attendance. The court provides accountability and additional resources for students who have worked through the school's resource process but continue to miss class and fall behind.
 
The addition of a School Resource Counselor from Curry Juvenile Department will allow us to better and more efficiently serve students in grades K-12 with tools to deal with health and safety, drug and alcohol use, mental health, prevention of risky behaviors, and coping skills.
 
Finally, our district has brought the benefits of hands-on vocational learning programs back to our district through the expansion of our Career Technical Education programs and classroom space. We’ve recently expanded the metals and welding shop, construction trades area and wood shop to make space for these growing and popular classes and are excited to work with the community college to provide community education in the upgraded facilities.
 
All of these initiatives aim to provide an environment where “Every Student Can Succeed.” We thank our community partners for their efforts to help provide supportive services, safe learning environments and the tools students need to prepare for life after high school.
 
Sincerely,
Sean Gallagher, Superintendent
(Posted Jan. 18, 2019) 
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  • 108 graduates in Class of 2018 Our district has increased the graduation rate from the 60th percentile to more than 80th percentile in recent years, above the state average. We work to keep our students on track to graduate at all grades levels and have intervention programs to help students who fall behind.
  • 3 types of professional certificates offered BHHS students can earn an Allied Health Certificate in partnership with SWOCC, CompTIA Professional Information Technology certificates, and numerous Graphic and Digital Media Art professional software certificates. We've also re-added numerous CTE courses, such as welding and construction trades in recent years to provide more "hands-on" vocational training opportunities.
  • 1,717 dual credits earned in 2017-18 Last year, 184 of our students completed college credits through high school classes. Southern Oregon University (SOU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and South Western Oregon Community College (SOCC) to provide these dual credit opportunities.
  • $4.5 Million in Seismic Safety Upgrades Our district earned three $1.5 million in grants from Business Oregon to retrofit the elementary, middle and high school for safety in the event of a major earthquake. Kalmiopsis Elementary and Azalea Middle School are complete. Brookings-Harbor High School is slated for construction as soon as summer 2019.