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FG board extends Curtis’ contract

The Forest Grove School Board voted to extend Superintendent Yvonne Curtis’ employment contract for another year Monday night after praising her for her performance in 2013-14.

Board chairman John Hayes said the panel had assessed Curtis in three goal areas — implementing of the district’s strategic plan, developing leadership skills and contributing to the transformation of Oregon’s public education system — and rated her performance “good” to “outstanding” in each.

Board members commended Curtis, who came to Forest Grove from Eugene in 2009, for her ability to keep the district focused on progress; management of resources; taking advantage of partnerships and coaching and learning opportunites.

“As a leader you are setting the relatively rare example that even at the top, [you have] a willingness to listen, learn and grow,” read an excerpt from her evaluation letter.

Curtis thanked the board for its “positive assessment” of her work and expressed appreciation for “how well we work together as a collaborative group.”

The board also heard district administrators are working on plans for a new online learning program that would be open to elementary, upper elementary and middle school students this fall.

Gaston picks new business manager

The Gaston School District has hired Chrissy Jarvis to replace Marie DuRette as business manager. DuRette is retiring at the end of the school year, and Jarvis will start her training at the end of the month.

DuRette, 62, has been managing the business side of things in Gaston for 21 years. She’s leaving myriad tasks behind — including the management of accounts payable, human resources and the district’s school lunch program — for more traveling with her husband, who also recently retired. She’s also planning to volunteer after retirement, perhaps even for the school.




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