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Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to sign 14 new education bills passed by Oregon lawmakers Tuesday. Some of the highlights include all day kindergarten by the year 2015; flexibility for parents to transfer to another district, and eliminating the State Schools Superintendent position. We spoke to Superintendent Susan Castillo earlier about this idea. " The Governor would take over the role of Superintendent and he would have a Deputy Superintendent. I have continued to maintain that we need an elected State School Superintendent. The Governor and I don't agree with that particular part of his proposal, and we've had conversations about it. But he knows I'm very much on board with the rest of the work he's proposing.” Castillo will finish out her term which ends in about 3 years, and she'll help Kitzhaber with the transition to a Deputy Schools Superintendent as well as other reform measures.

 
Representative Gene Whisnant’s Opinion
 

State Representative Gene Whisnant of Sunriver says he voted for the bill, but has some reservations about changing the Superintendent of Schools from an elected to an appointed position: “I did speak on the floor and stated I’m disappointed that we didn't refer this to the voters. We had plenty of time to do that, to find out if they want to give up or continue to elect the Superintendent.” This change will not take effect until after current Superintendent of Schools Susan Castillo's term is up. She will serve three more years.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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