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From the Superintendent

Superintendent Report
October 11, 2017


Leadership matters!  The recent School Board/Cabinet leadership training with Steve Kelly from OSBA (Oregon School Board Association) moved our team forward by better preparing us to do our work more effectively and efficiently together.  Thanks to each of you for your participation and commitment.  Teams take time to build and our leadership team is off to a great start.


Speaking of leadership teams, I would like to recognize the new leaders and new leadership positions in the district.  There has been more leadership change in our district than ever before and I’m proud of the great starts these leaders have worked hard to make happen both in schools and at the district office.  Smart leaders know they only get one chance at a first impression.  I have heard the most positive, complimentary feedback on our colleagues in new leadership positions.  Keep it going!


In reflecting on the Superintendent’s work for September 2017, as well as tying this work to the four major characteristics of improved school districts –   1. effective leadership   2. quality teaching and learning   3. support for system-wide improvement   4. Clear and collaborative relationships highlights were:


  • Opening day and first week visitations.  (1,2,3,4)
  • D9 Benefit Dinner and Auction fundraiser.  (1,4)
  • OSBA board and cabinet training.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Superintendents’ Perspective on Future Ready Schools webinar.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Finalizing the 21st century flexible seating grant.  (1,2,3,4)
  • SOESD superintendents meetings.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Twitter training.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meetings with families regarding inter-district transfers.  (1,4)
  • FFA administrator appreciation dinner.  The Eagle Point team took first place!  (1,4)
  • Community Campus meeting with the City of Eagle Point and the YMCA.  (1,3,4)
  • Home visits with EPHS Rick Bender to reconnect with early leavers.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber hosted at Dogs for the Deaf.  (1,4)
  • CGT (collaborative grant team) kick-off.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Monthly Director meetings.  (1,2,3,4)
  • OASE (Oregon Association of School Executives) “Off the Record” meeting.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with past school improvement director, Dr. Tina Mondale. (1,2,3,4)
  • Rebuild the Mill golf tournament fund raiser.  (1,4)
  • Meetings with past and present school board members.  (1,4)
  • Leadership/team building development.  (1,3,4)
  • Meetings with community members and business leaders.  (4)
  • Rotary meetings.  (4)
  • District-wide coaching days in schools and classrooms to support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • State Report Card work on district message.  (1,2,3,4)


It has been a busy, exciting first month of school.  Our schools are off to a strong start thanks to enthusiastic, hard-working leaders and employees.  Add to that our great students and families and together we will have our best year yet!




Cynda S. Rickert
Jackson County School District 9 - Eagle Point

541-830-6200 (fax)


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