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October 29, 2008

State Places 10 Oregon Schools on Safety “Watch List” – Names one “Persistently Dangerous”

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that eleven Oregon public schools have been placed on a “watch list,” under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Because these schools exceeded the minimum rate of expulsions due to violence, they have been identified as needing school safety improvement plans and must file a corrective action plan with the state.

Fourth year:
Salem-Keizer School District - McKay High School
Second Year:
Portland Public Schools - Alliance High School
First Year:
Eagle Point School District - Eagle Point Middle School and Eagle Point High School
Three Rivers/Josephine County School District - Fleming Middle School, Lorna Byrne Middle School, Illinois Valley High School
Klamath Falls City Schools - Mazama High School
Salem-Keizer School District - Stephens Middle School
Reynolds School District - Reynolds Middle School
Bend-LaPine School District - Marshall High School

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children,” said Castillo. “The schools on the ‘watch list’ know this and have taken steps to create a safer school environment. Over the next year we will assist them as they develop their plans for making their schools consistently safer.”

In Oregon, a public elementary or secondary school is defined as “persistently dangerous” if one or more of the following conditions exist (at the rates noted below) for three-consecutive school years:
1. Expulsions for weapons (ORS 339.250(6)) and/or
2. Expulsions for violent behavior and/or 3. Expulsions for students arrested for any of the following violent criminal offenses on school grounds, on school sponsored transportation and/or
school sponsored activities:
• Assault (ORS 163.160, ORS 163.165, ORS 163.175, ORS 163.185)
• Manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance (ORS 475.992 (1-3)
• Sexual crimes using force, threatened use of force or against incapacitated person (ORS 163.375, ORS 163.395, ORS 163.411, ORS 163.427)
• Arson (ORS 164.315, ORS 164.325)
• Robbery (ORS 164.395, ORS 164.405, ORS 164.415)
• Hate/Bias Crime (ORS 166.155, ORS 166.165)
• Coercion (ORS 163.275),
• Kidnapping (ORS 163.225, ORS 163.235).

The total number of expulsions for these combined categories must meet or exceed one of the following rates per year: (school with fewer than 500 students) 5 expulsions; (larger school) one expulsion for every 100 enrolled students or fraction thereof.

The following schools were on the last year’s “watch list,” but showed improvement enough to work their way off:
Beaverton School District - Five Oaks Middle School
Bend-LaPine School District - Pilot Butte Middle School
Portland Public Schools - BizTech High School, Gregory Heights Middle School, and Renaissance Arts Academy

Salem-Keizer School District - Houck Middle School, Judson Middle School, Leslie Middle School, Structured Learning Center, and North Salem High School
Three Rivers/Josephine County School District - Hidden Valley High School

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Gene Evans, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737

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