Superintendent Vince Swagerty has served students since 1985 as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon and then earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1985 and his master’s degree from Portland State University in 2000. He returns to the North Bend School District having served as the North Bend Middle School principal from 2007-2009. Most recently, he led the Mitchell School District in eastern Oregon for five years from 2018-2023. His wife, Valerie, is a long-time school employee serving as an educational assistant for most of her career and then as an administrative assistant in Mitchell. His daughter, Melissa, is a 2009 North Bend graduate who currently is an educational assistant in the Wilsonville High School special education department. His son, Matthew, recently finished his Speech Pathology program at Idaho State University and completing his clinical fellowship to obtain his Speech Pathology CCC.
I am delighted to report that during the extreme weather event experienced by most of the State of Oregon, our area had mild conditions. Our biggest concern during the event and into our near future is flooding as well as the potential for power outages connected to storm conditions. The extreme weather did have an impact on our district in the form of supply chain disruptions, primarily in our food service department.
End of First Semester
The end of the first semester for our two elementary schools was January 25th and the grading day for our elementary teachers was the 26th. That means, of course, that we are at the halfway point for the 2023-2024 school year.
COSA Winter Conference
Bruce Martin and I had the opportunity to attend the COSA Winter Conference in Gleneden Beach. I attended sessions regarding attendance, upcoming trends in collective bargaining, and the development of a district strategic plan. I also took advantage of the opportunity to network with other superintendents as well as spend time with COSA staff members to talk about the upcoming legislative session.
Civil Rights Review
The Oregon Department of Education selects 10 high schools each year for a civil rights review and this year North Bend High School was selected. As of the writing of this report, we have completed the initial review and we are waiting to hear from ODE regarding any findings we may have and the steps to address those findings.
State 3A Basketball Tournament
North Bend and Marshfield are, once again, hosting the OSAA 3A State Basketball Tournament which will be held from February 29th through March 2nd. Eight girls teams and eight boys teams from around the state will participate. As you may recall, our students have a shortened day on the first day of the tournament (February 29th), primarily due to the number of people who will be attending the tournament on day one. It is an honor to have the opportunity to host and the positive financial impact to the community is significant.