The district has hired a new director of elementary education and executive director of assessment and accountability to start next school year.
The Gresham-Barlow School District has selected two new administrators to replace outgoing retirees, the district announced Thursday. Changes will take place for the 2015-2016 school year.
The district has named Julie T. Evans as the district's executive director of elementary education, according to a news release. Evans will take over for Linda Okazaki, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
Evans has served as the Medford School District's elementary education director for the past three years and also previously worked as an elementary principal and middle school dean of students. Evans has a decade of teaching experience in math, PE, science and calligraphy, the district said.
Sara Hahn will serve as the Gresham-Barlow district's executive director of assessment and accountability. She replaces Tim Drilling, who is also retiring this year.
Hahn currently works for Portland Public Schools and is principal at Lent K-8 School. She has 13 years of experience as a principal and was an elementary teacher for 10 years before becoming an administrator.
-- Laura Frazier
Some frosty areas this morning, so take a few minutes to scrape off the windshield then continue on your Friday morning commute.
An early morning fatal crash involving a semi truck and a fuel spill has both directions of U.S. 26 closed east of Sandy.
UPDATE 9:02 a.m.; Crash on U.S. 26 is affecting transportation to all Sandy and Welches schools. Buses are running late and are attempting to take back roads around the crash. ALL LANES NOW OPEN.
UPDATE ROSS ISLAND BRIDGE 8:46 a.m.; Stall in the right lane westbound on the Ross Island Bridge. CLEARED.
HILLSBORO 7:47 a.m.; Crash at Southeast Baseline Road at 55th Avenue.
UPDATE BEAVERTON 8:10 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Highway 217 southbound at the Denny onramp to 217. Firetruck gone, all lanes open.
PORTLAND STREETCAR 7:00 a.m.; Central Loop blocked at Broadway Ramp. Check reader boards/website for updated arrival info.
SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 6:37 a.m.; Injury crash on Southeast Holgate and McLoughlin boulevards.
UPDATE NORTHWEST PORTLAND 6:57 a.m.; Crash on I-405 southbound just prior to the U.S. 30 exit. CLEARED.
Alternatives might include taking I-84 eastbound and reconnecting to U.S. 26 south of Hood River.
Some frosty areas this morning, so take a few minutes to scrape off the windshield then continue on your Friday morning commute.
Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland
Oregonian reporters Jen Beyrle and Billy Gates debate which Class 6A boys and girls teams should be on upset alert in Round 2.
Round 1 of the Class 6A OSAA basketball playoffs is in the books and 16 boys and girls teams in the state of Oregon have advanced to Round 2. In the video above, Oregonian reporters Jen Beyrle and Billy Gates debate which Class 6A boys and girls teams should be on upset alert in Round 2.
Don't agree with Jen and Billy's picks? Vote in our poll and let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Which 6A girls basketball team should be on upset alert in Round 2?
--Jen Beyrle email@example.com@JenBeyrle
This weekend's temperatures are forecast to be 5-10 degrees above regional averages for this time of year.
We reached 61 degrees yesterday, and today we should hit 64 - in the first week of March. Where are we again? This weekend's temperatures are forecast to be 5-10 degrees above regional averages for this time of year.
Today we'll see again some high, light clouds and some areas had frost and fog this morning. Saturday should be bright sun with highs in the mid 60s and Sunday's current forecast high is 67 degrees. Shorts? T-shirts? Yes, yes indeed.
The first shot of rain in the near future looks to be late Tuesday and into Wednesday. In the meantime, mow that lawn.
CLASS 3A BOYS | Bracket Dayton 40, Amity 26 Salem Academy 75, Creswell 67 (2OT) Blanchet Catholic 39, De La Salle North Catholic 36 Horizon Christian 55, Nyssa 46
CLASS 3A BOYS | Bracket
Dayton 40, Amity 26Salem Academy 75, Creswell 67 (2OT)Blanchet Catholic 39, De La Salle North Catholic 36Horizon Christian 55, Nyssa 46
CLASS 2A BOYS | Bracket
Irrigon 64, Burns 38Regis 80, Oakridge 78 (2OT)Heppner 56, Knappa 54 (OT)Toledo 52, Western Mennonite 48
CLASS 1A BOYS | Bracket
Hosanna Christian 45, Crosshill Christian 39Yoncalla 58, Sherman 53
CLASS 3A GIRLS | Bracket
St. Mary's 44, Rainier 30Salem Academy 44, Amity 27Dayton 42, Portland Christian 26Vale 52, Portland Adventist 35
CLASS 2A GIRLS | Bracket
Western Mennonite 70, Myrtle Point 30Union 44, Monroe 33Burns 64, Vernonia 36Kennedy 45, Regis 38
CLASS 1A GIRLS | Bracket
Damascus Christian 49, Adrian 35Condon/Wheeler 54, Chiloquin 38Country Christian 61, Elkton 36North Douglas 56, McKenzie 28
Boys playoff action resumes Friday, and The Oregonian/OregonLive will have reporters at the following games: Tualatin at Central Catholic, 7 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer)
Boys playoff action resumes Friday, and The Oregonian/OregonLive will have reporters at the following games:
Tualatin at Central Catholic, 7 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer)
Lakeridge at David Douglas, 7 p.m. -- Scott Sepich (@SSepich)
Lake Oswego at Southridge, 7 p.m. -- Erik C. Anderson (@ErikCAnderson)
South Medford at South Salem, 7 p.m. -- Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)
Clackamas at Jesuit, 7 p.m. -- Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec)
Sheldon at West Linn, 7 p.m. -- Mike Tokito (@mtokito)
Dallas at Wilsonville, 7 p.m. -- Pete Christopher (@PeteChristopher)
Churchill at Liberty, 7:15 p.m. -- Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithSD)
South Eugene at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. -- Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel)
Be checking our boys basketball homepage throughout the evening for recaps, photos, videos and more.
The latest traffic updates for Thursday night.
BEAVERTON, 6:32 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound at Sylvan
A crash is blocking the left westbound lane of HWY 26 just before the Sylvan exit. Traffic backed up to the tunnel.
PORTLAND, 6:01 p.m.: Burnside at 21st Ave.
Eastbound traffic is jammed from a crash on Burnside at 21st. Good to know for those trying to avoid the Highway 26 eastbound traffic.
PORTLAND, 5:25 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge
Looks like a crash on the Ross Island Bridge is slowing eastbound traffic across the River. Might try Hawthorne Bridge.
PORTLAND, 5:03 p.m.: Capitol Highway
Traffic is slow in both directions on Capitol Highway between Terwilliger and Sunset Blvds.
PORTLAND, 4:41 p.m.: Interstate 5 south
Southbound I-5 traffic is blocked by a crash at Bridgeport Village. The congestion stretches back to Highway 217.
VANCOUVER, 4:25 p.m.: Interstate 205
A crash is affecting traffic in both directions in between Mill Plain and SR-500.
PORTLAND, 4:21 p.m.: Interstate 84 eastbound
Traffic is slow on I-84 eastbound approaching 33rd Avenue due to a crash.
A crash is slowing traffic trying to merge on to Interstate 205 north from Interstate 84 west.
Plenty of normal congestion for a Thursday other than that.
Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland
A review of Brown's financial history by The Oregonian/OregonLive found little in the public record to raise any questions.
Kate Brown, Oregon's new governor, could be considered the anti-Kitzhaber.
She assumed office unburdened by the financial questions and pitfalls that dethroned her predecessor.
A review of Brown's financial history by The Oregonian/OregonLive found little in the public record to raise any questions. Her worst transgressions? A speeding ticket in 2005, a handful of parking tickets and late car registrations. She was sued in 2014 after a cyclist hit her car, settling out of court.
Brown swept into office Feb. 18 promising ethics reforms and increased government transparency, signaling a clear break from Kitzhaber's final months in office.
"It's our goal to be as transparent as possible and release records as quickly as possible," said Kristen Grainger, a Brown spokeswoman.
Kitzhaber delayed releasing public records to the media about the involvement of his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, in state affairs. He also asserted a legal right to withhold some records and never provided others.
Brown released federal income tax returns she filed with her husband, Daniel Little. The 2012 and 2013 returns show the couple received no outside business income and little from investments. In 2013, Brown earned $74,507 as secretary of state; Little, a U.S. Forest Service data expert, earned $95,469.
Brown did not, however, promptly provide an amended tax return filed in 2013, nor did her spokeswoman explain why the amendment was necessary. The Oregonian/OregonLive first requested her returns Feb. 23. Though their disclosure is not required by state law, releasing them is a common step taken by public officials, including Kitzhaber.
The Secretary of State's office did promptly release Brown's calendar showing whom she met with during her last year in office as well as her expense reports and state-issued credit card statements.
Brown's credit card bills show she billed taxpayers $537 for her annual Oregon State Bar attorney licensing fee. Brown was criticized while running for office in 2008 for using campaign funds for the same purpose.
Grainger said the Secretary of State's office had paid employees' professional certifications and dues since 1994.
"It is not a new practice or policy," she said.
Much of Brown's history is captured in records open to the public. The Democrat has spent more than 20 years in office, beginning in the state Legislature, allowing a view of her financial interests that wouldn't be possible for the affairs of most citizens.
Brown's campaign contributors are listed online - in a computerized system she helped create. She's been required to report her income sources, gifts and outside financial interests each year.
The Oregonian/OregonLive verified Brown's educational credentials (her bachelor's came from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland).
We checked for any interactions with Portland police (she reported a car stolen in 2004). Her husband reported a 2011 car break-in. We checked her disciplinary history with the Oregon Bar Association (she had no complaints).
We reviewed more than a decade of annual economic disclosures filed with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Neither she nor her husband reported major debts, significant investments in any outside businesses or property holdings other than their Woodstock home.
Brown and her husband bought that home for $174,900 in 1998 and took out a $127,000 line of credit on it in 2003.
Their disclosures list their only reported sources of income as salaries from Brown's post as secretary of state and Little's job in the Sandy office of the U.S. Forest Service. And their tax returns backed that up.
A review of state court records found that Brown was sued over a 2012 incident in which a cyclist hit her Toyota Prius, fell off his bike and broke his finger. The cyclist, Benjamin Kero, sought $79,210.67 but settled out of court. Kero declined comment and Brown's insurance company would not disclose any information about the settlement.
Brown hasn't been without political missteps in office.
In 2012, she delayed the election for labor commissioner from May to November, a move widely perceived as benefiting the Democratic candidate and eventual winner, Brad Avakian.
In January 2014, hackers cracked into the secretary of state's website, and the breach went unnoticed for two weeks. The hack eventually shut down the state's business registry and a campaign database for about three weeks.
Brown was criticized in January for allowing a Comcast lobbyist in 2014 to ghostwrite a letter in support of Comcast's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Brown, who received $9,500 in campaign contributions from Comcast from 2008 to 2012, rewrote only portions of the letter before sending it over her signature.
-- Rob Davis
Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen will remain off site for the indefinite future, the district announced Thursday.
Multnomah Education Service District Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen is "currently working offsite," the district announced Thursday.
Jorgensen will continue to be off site for "the indeterminate future," according to a news release. The district is located in northeast Portland and serves eight public school districts in the county.
Spokeswoman Laura Conroy declined to comment further on what prompted the change.
Here's the full text of the press release:
The service district employs 425 staff members who provide services to school districts including school health services, special education and alternative education.
Messages left for Jorgensen Thursday afternoon were not immediately returned.
We're on to the Class 6A's second round of boys basketball playoffs, where the winners advance to the state tournament. Here is a breakdown of the matchups: Sheldon (16-10) at West Linn (21-4)
We're on to the Class 6A's second round of boys basketball playoffs, where the winners advance to the state tournament. Here is a breakdown of the matchups:
Sheldon (16-10) at West Linn (21-4)
Head-to-head this year: Jan. 3, West Linn 66-51
Last state tournament: Sheldon (2014), West Linn (2014)
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Sheldon 3-9, West Linn 8-1
Five-year playoff history: Sheldon 6-4 (second 2014), West Linn 16-5 (first 2013-14)
Notable: This is a rematch of the 2014 state championship game, where West Linn rolled to a 67-56 win.
Lake Oswego (16-9) at Southridge (21-4)
Head-to-head this year: Didn't play in 2014-15
Last state tournament: Lake Oswego (2013), Southridge (2013)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Lake Oswego 11-5 (third 2013, second 2012); Southridge 5-3 (fourth 2013).
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Lake Oswego 3-7, Southridge 2-4
South Medford (18-7) at South Salem (22-3)
Head-to-head this year: Jan. 2, South Salem 69-68
Last state tournament: South Medford (2014), South Salem (2014)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): South Medford 9-9, South Salem 5-5 (third 2014)
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: South Medford 3-6, South Salem 4-3
South Eugene (19-7) at Jefferson (19-4)
Last state tournament: South Eugene (2010), Jefferson (2014, 5A)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Jefferson 12-2 (first 2013-14, 2010 5A), South Eugene 4-3 (third 2010)
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: South Eugene 5-6, Jefferson 2-2
Clackamas (18-7) at Jesuit (21-4)
Last state tournament: Clackamas (2014) Jesuit (2014)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Clackamas 3-6, Jesuit 21-4 (first 2010-12).
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Clackamas 2-2, Jesuit 7-3
Notable: Jesuit has played in six consecutive state tournaments
Lakeridge (18-7) at David Douglas (21-4)
Last state tournament: Lakeridge (1993), David Douglas (2012)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Lakeridge 0-3, David Douglas 5-6
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Lakeridge 5-5, David Douglas 3-3
McNary (22-3) at North Medford (21-4)
Last state tournament: McNary (2001), North Medford (2012)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): McNary 0-1; North Medford 7-6, two state tournaments (third 2011).
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: McNary 1-2, North Medford 6-4
Tualatin (15-9) at Central Catholic (21-4)
Last state tournament: Tualatin (2008), Central Catholic (2014)
Five-year playoff history (2010-14): Tualatin 3-5, no state tourney appearances; Central Catholic 13-6, four state tournament appearances (second, 2013; third 2011).
Record vs. 2015 Final 16: Tualatin 2-6, Central Catholic 7-1
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