CSD RECENT HISTORY
CSD (Corbett School District) and the current Superintendent (Randy Trani) began the “AP FOR ALL” program in 2005. This program gave CSD the “National Ranking” tagline that helped attract students.
During our highest ranking period, the criteria had nothing to do with overall academic performance or even AP test performance.
It was based on how many AP tests the district purchased at the high school. Read more here.
ACTUAL ACADEMIC STANDING
In 2015 CSD’s elementary school ranked 292nd in Oregon. The middle school ranked 144th in Oregon. The High School ranked 185th in Oregon. (Last update for Oregon was September 17, 2015.)
Test scores included in this rankings include: Smarter Balanced Assessments English Language Arts, Smarter Balanced Assessments Mathematics, OAKS Science – Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education and Oregon Department of Education. http://www.schooldigger.com/go/OR/schoolrank.aspx
2009 – CRISIS = CHARTER = EXPANSION
2010 – $725,000 “COMPUTER GLITCH” = ANOTHER CRISIS
2011 – EXPAND THE CHARTER = MORE EXPANSION
2012 – SPRINGDALE SCHOOL = MORE EXPANSION
AUGUST 2012 – OUT OF COMPLIANCE ON MAIN CAMPUS
Local Corbett numbers have been 600-700 students for 20 plus years.
More on this here: http://corbettpost.com/csd/county-approves-csd-population-increase/
2013-2014 – CLOSED THE CHARTER + OPEN ENROLLED ALL THE CHARTER STUDENTS = THREE FAILED BONDS
During this time it was made public that our school board Chairman had basically buried the unethical behavior by our Superintendent when his affair with a married staff member was discovered not to be just a rumor. (That board chair has since resigned saying that he just “wanted to spend more time with his family”.)
The school board never held an executive session to discuss this affair. The board gave the Superintendent better scores (and a raise) the year after he admitted to his affair with a married staff member. Here is Bob Dunton’s account of that admission to staff by Randy Trani about this affair: http://corbettoregon.com/forum/index.php?topic=810.0
2015 – CRISIS = LOSS OF SMALL SCHOOL FUNDING + 2.6 MILLION DOLLAR FUNDING LOOPHOLE
The Superintendent encouraged the board to push through opening a “STEM” high school that did not have enough separation and the State revoked the small school funding and CSD had to repay funds. (CSD is now a 4A High School based on enrollment. Some of us wonder why we should receive small school funding at all.)
This loss of funds has cost our school district over $500,000 a year.
The Superintendent blames someone for complaining for how we lost this funding and really takes no responsibility of doing anything wrong. Read more on this here.
Here is information about the 2.6 million CSD received by basically using a loophole and “double dipping” Charter students’ state dollars. ( Other districts gave this money back to the State. Not CSD.) http://corbettpost.com/news/2-6-million-dollars/
2016 – PHASE ONE OF A $25 MILLION DOLLAR NEED?
While the facility needs at the middle school (according to some people) is dire – it is interesting to note that all of 2015 the district did not place a bond on the ballot. Instead they seemed to focus on electing a 100% CEA (teacher union) endorsed school board. Read here for this bond’s details and why we support a NO VOTE on this bond.
While many of us are willing to look the other way on some of the above and still vote yes on a reasonable bond ( one that commits to campus wide safety over increasing campus size) we are not willing to ignore all of it.
The board (led by the Superintendent) has been discussing the idea of another Charter School (February and March 2016 School Board Meetings)…. and the Superintendent listed his priorities as size over campus safety issues relating to this bond. You can listen the audio here: http://corbettpost.com/csd/priorities-take-a-listen/