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Oregon-Davis Community Meeting Rescheduled for April 3

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The Oregon-Davis community meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 3.

Snow played a role in canceling the previously scheduled community meeting, but Superintendent Greg Briles said a spaghetti dinner, complete with a Caeser salad and garlic bread, will be served and several discussion items will be presented to community members.

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Oregon-Davis School Board to Meet Tonight

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The Oregon-Davis School Board will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Susan G. Rowles Board Room in the administration building on the school’s campus.

The board members are expected to discuss a number of topics including consideration of school services agreement with The Crossing which is an alternative school. A presentation of the curriculum by the CEO of The Crossing, Rob Staley, was held March 6 at the Knox Community School Corporation where two members of the Oregon-Davis School Board were present, along with High School Principal Tim Pletcher and Superintendent Greg Briles. Continue reading

Missed School Days May Affect School Calendars

If below-zero temperatures and accumulating snow keep up in the Kankakee Valley, days may be added to school calendars this May.

When school officials generate a school calendar for the year, several days are built into the calendar to be used as school make-up days. These are days in which students may have off if weather-related school closures are not needed.

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Oregon-Davis Schools Conduct Security Drill

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation has considerable room for improvement when it comes to following school safety protocol. School and law enforcement officials put their response to the test yesterday with an unannounced exercise involving an off-duty state trooper dressed in street clothes attempting to get into the high school. He walked in through a door in the shop area that was propped open and strolled around the school for a few minutes before a teacher notified the office and a lockdown notice was issued.

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Oregon-Davis School Board Approves Principal Contracts

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The Oregon-Davis School Board members approved contracts for the principals during their meeting this week.

Interim Superintendent Greg Briles said Elementary Principal William Bennett and High School Principal Tim Pletcher are great assets to the corporation, especially during the transition of a new interim superintendent. Briles added that they were both offered fair contracts and the board accepted those for renewal.

The board also approved the purchase request for new computers for the central office.

Briles stated it was time to upgrade to keep up with changing technology.

“Our central office computers had been here for the past five years and as technology has changed over those five years we’ve kind of fallen behind a little bit. So, we’re going to upgrade those,” said Briles.

The change will help streamline processes within the central office.

Oregon-Davis School Board Gets Positive Feedback During Public Hearing

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The Oregon-Davis School Board held a public hearing to gather opinions on the proposed contract for employment of a new Superintendent of Schools.

Interim Superintendent Greg Briles commented that the public hearing went very well.

“We had a packed house and it was very refreshing that people would take the interest in coming in and expressing their opinions on the hiring of a school superintendent,” stated Briles. “There was a lot of positive feedback. There was not one negative thing said in regards to the contract. They were very appreciative of the work that our board had done in establishing a contract for the new superintendent.”

The next step will be the hiring and naming of the new school superintendent which will be done during the board’s next regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 16.

Schools Not Happy with State’s Grading System

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The state’s A-F grading initiative is not sitting well with several school corporations, especially since it was learned that former state superintendent Tony Bennett reportedly “fixed” the system so more than one private school could receive an “A”.

South Bend and Fort Wayne School Corporations are not choosing to recognize the state’s grading system.

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Local Schools React to ISTEP+ Review

No measurable negative impact occurred after computer glitches interrupted students taking the ISTEP+ test last spring. That’s according to an official review of the testing.

The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment was hired by the Indiana Department of Education to evaluate the validity of the tests.

Oregon-Davis Interim Superintendent Greg Briles argues the point that no measurable impact occurred at his school as 88 students were affected by the interruptions. He explained that O-D is a small school and those numbers are big when compared to larger schools – such as the Knox Community School Corporation. Briles says the impact is not comparing apples to apples.

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O-D School Corporation to Hold Community Hog Roast

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is holding a community hog roast on Monday, Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the campus.

Interim Superintendent Greg Briles stated that this is free event for the community and several tents will be set up in the parking lot so parents or any resident can learn more about the school and activities. A DJ will feature entertainment.

The school buildings will be open for all students so they can leave their school supplies in the classrooms for the start of the school year on Aug. 14. Briles commented that this will lessen the load for students on the first day of school. Briles added that it will relieve a little stress on the school bus ride on the first day without the extra load of school supplies.

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Oregon-Davis Elementary School to Be Furnished With New Intercom System

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

The Oregon-Davis School Board at their meeting this week approved a motion to upgrade the intercom system in the elementary school buidling. Interim Superintendent Greg Briles explained that the intercom system being replaced is the original system that was installed when the building was first built some years ago.

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Interim O-D Superintendent Adjusting to New Role

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The new Oregon-Davis School Corporation interim superintendent is adjusting to his role after moving from the position of high school principal to overseeing the operations of the entire corporation. Greg Briles was the principal of the high school for 11 years, and he said he is still adjusting to his new role but looks forward to the challenge.

“Coming to the corporation office, I found that there are a lot more responsibilities than being a building administrator. I found myself walking the grounds throughout the corporation, walking the buildings throughout the corporation, getting an overall picture of the needs of a corporation rather than the needs of a building. Dealing with vendors, dealing with the insurance trust – just the overall operations of a corporation compared to the overall operations of a building have been a transition for me,” Briles said.

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O-D School Board Appoints Interim Superintendent

Greg Briles

Greg Briles

The Oregon-Davis School Board recently met in executive session where they approved a recommendation for an interim superintendent.

In a special meeting held July 1, the school board approved Greg Briles as the interim superintendent at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation. He replaces Dr. Steven Disney who recently resigned his position to teach school finance, educational law, principalship and undergraduate education classes at Indiana University Northwest in Lake County.

Briles is the former Oregon-Davis High School principal. Tim Pletcher took his place in that capacity earlier this school year.

Newly Approved Principal Eager to Begin at O-D

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

The Oregon-Davis School Board recently named a new high school principal to take the place of Greg Briles.

Tim Pletcher has been in education for the past 19 years and has spent his entire career at South Bend schools – mainly at Washington High School. He completed his undergraduate work at IUSB and he got his Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed a doctorate at the University of Illinois and licensing at Indiana Wesleyan.

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Oregon-Davis School Board to Search for HS Principal

Oregon-Davis School Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney

Oregon-Davis School Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney

The Oregon-Davis School Board is actively searching for a high school principal for the next school year. Superintendent Dr. Steve Disney said that Greg Briles is contracted through June and the board is advertising for the opening.

A committee will be formed to help in the search and the process should be getting underway in March.

Local Principal Named District 2 Principal of the Year

Greg Briles

Greg Briles, Principal at Oregon-Davis High School, has been named the District 2 Principal of the Year. Briles said representing Oregon-Davis High School every day is an even greater honor than the award.

“It doesn’t come without hard work from the students, the parents, the community, the teachers that are around me and it takes those people to make this honor possible,” commented Briles.

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