Superintendent Report

May 8, 2019

photo of Superintendent Rickert

Finish strong!  You’ve all heard me say this time and time again.  This is the same message I give every year, this time of year.  In the Eagle Point School District, we are committed to a strong finish knowing that every day with our students counts right up until the last day and the last bell.  With one short month of school remaining, it is imperative to remember, Every Student, Every Class, Every Day!

All of our work, from beginning to end, is designed with the Four Characteristics of Improved School Districts: 1. effective leadership; 2. quality teaching and learning; 3. support for system-wide improvement; and 4. clear and collaborative relationships. In reflecting on the Superintendent’s work for April 2019 highlights were:

  • Portland Job Fair to recruit and retain great teachers.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Biweekly phone conversations between Southern Oregon superintendents and legislators while the legislature is in session.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Planning meeting for the End of the Year Awards Celebration May 28,2019.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Hardship transfer request meetings with parents and students.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Letters of recommendation and reference checks for students and staff members.  (1,4)
  • ODE McKinney-Vento dispute between EPSD and Medford School District.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with Medford School District investigator Tim George regarding athletic hardship transfer.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with EPEA President Amanda O’Sullivan to discuss May 8, 2019 OEA designated “day of action” to discuss EPEA employees staying in school and putting our students first.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Monthly check-ins with Directors to strengthen the mission.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Focus walks at EPHS, EPMS, TRE, and WMMS to calibrate administrative practice to support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Eagle Point Women’s Club meeting and luncheon.  (1,4)
  • District Continuous Improvement meeting and listening sessions with ODE representatives.  (1,2,3,4)
  • COSA Off-the-Record superintendent meeting in Eugene to discuss current legislative session and professional development.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Introductory meeting with Attorney Erin Gould.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Annual FFA Banquet to celebrate EPHS students.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Sparrow fundraiser luncheon to support guest speaker, Principal Heather Marinucci.  (1,4)
  • Meetings with school board candidates Mrs. Mihocko, Mr. Cordle, Mr. Dodge, and Mrs. Larsen.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Weekly district office stand up meetings.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting and mentoring three EPHS seniors to get back on track for June 7, 2019 graduation.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Budget planning meetings.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Mentoring aspiring and practicing leaders.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Thursday site visitations to support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Researching and composing the 2019 Superintendent Budget Message.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meetings with past and present school board members.  (1,4)
  • Leadership/team building development.  (1,3,4)
  • SOESD Superintendent meeting.  (1,4)

As we focus on the immediate future to FINISH STRONG, we are also looking beyond the official end of the 2018-19 school year.  Strategic planning and preparation for next year, including a strong summer school program, will help our students and all of us BEGIN STRONG for the official start of the 2019-20 school year in September.


Superintendent Report April 2019
Superintendent Report March 2019
Superintendent Report February 2019
Superintendent Report January 2019
Superintendent Report December 2018
Superintendent Report November 2018
Superintendent Report October 2018
Superintendent Report September 2018
Superintendent Report August 2018
Superintendent Report June 2018
Superintendent Report May 2018
Superintendent Report April 2018

Cynda S. Rickert
Eagle Point School District 9 - Eagle Point
541-830-6200 (fax)