Superintendent Hamilton Accepts Position with Springfield Public Schools

Dear Students, Staff, Parents, Community Members, and Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that my time with Creswell School District is coming to a close. In July, I will become the Superintendent for our neighbor, Springfield Public Schools.

Thank you for eight meaningful and productive years working with students, staff, parents, and community members to prepare Creswell students for success. It has been a deep and satisfying pleasure to work with so many caring and compassionate educators and community members. Together, we have accomplished a substantial amount of meaningful work. Specifically:

  • We increased our overall academic achievement in reading and math, and our 4-year district-wide cohort graduation rate for 2018 reached 86.8% – that’s an increase of 14.2 percentage points since 2014.
  • We developed and expanded our early learning programs – Kids in Transition to Schools (KITS), Preschool Promise, and Family Resource Center – to support a successful transition to school for our youngest students.
  • We expanded our high school catalogue of college-level courses and career technical education (CTE) programs and partnered with Elevate Lane County to offer more real-world experiences and prepare our students for college, apprenticeship, career, and life.
  • We addressed some of the barriers – like hunger, clothing, and basic needs – that prevent students from focusing on learning. This work will continue thanks to strong relationships between the district and community partners.

These efforts have helped our students succeed. It takes an entire community to support such deep success, and you have been a significant contributor to these victories.

It has been a pleasure to be part of this progress. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students of Creswell.

Best wishes,
Todd Hamilton

The Board will meet in the coming weeks to plan for hiring a new superintendent for Creswell School District. More information will be provided at that time.

School Board Recognition

Creswell School District joins the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students. They also serve as the corporate board of directors for our community’s largest employer. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.

Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized. We’d like to take an extra moment to recognize Tim Rogers and Paul Randall for their significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. This fall, Mr. Rogers received a platinum award for completing coursework through the Oregon School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Leadership Institute. Mr. Randall received a bronze award for his ongoing professional development efforts.

Our school board members are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for all of our students, Thank you board members for your dedication to Creswell students, and congratulations Mr. Rogers and Mr. Randall!

Creswell School Board member among Leadership Oregon graduates

Timothy Rogers, Creswell School Board member, was among 20 local school board members who graduated May 5th with skills gained from the Oregon School Boards Association’s Leadership Oregon program. By completing this leadership program, Director Rogers obtained OSBA’s highest level of professional development recognition – Platinum Level.

The participants completed four sessions of 1½ days each to graduate, learning leadership skills and joining a support network of education leaders from across the state. The sessions consisted of advanced leadership, advocacy and engagement, key issues, and effective communications.

The program is offered at no charge once every two years. OSBA, based in Salem, represents nearly 1,400 local board members of school districts, charter schools, education service districts and community colleges statewide.

Congratulations Director Rogers!

(Photo, Left to Right: Timothy Rogers (CSD Board Member), Renee Sessler (OSBA Board Development Specialist), and Betty Reynolds (OSBA President)