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New roles and new faces in Parkrose
This new school year brings some new faces to the Parkrose School District administration, along with some promotions. Molly Ouche, 2015 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year, is now the Parkrose High principal. Annette Sweeney transitioned from assistant principal to principal at Parkrose Middle School. Erin Voelker has been named assistant principal at PMS. The new principal at Prescott Elementary is Sam Maranto.
Other new district staff include Sharie Lewis, director of business services and operations and Tom Dufresne, district supervisor of facilities and maintenance.
DDSD financial team awarded certificate of excellence
For the twenty-eighth year in a row, David Douglas School District’s Financial Team has received a Certificate of Excellence from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). The award recognizes the District’s outstanding efforts in financial reporting in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in 2014.
The award acknowledges the district’s commitment to “financial accountability and transparency.”
VALIC, the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co., sponsored the District for this year’s award. VALIC is a major retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and school districts.
The award is considered to represent the “Gold Standard in Financial Reporting,” according to ASBO.
David Douglas schools gain new administrators
The David Douglas School District shares news of three new principals this school year.
Susan Olds is the principal of West Powellhurst Elementary School. She served as interim principal at West Powellhurst for the last half of last year and was appointed to the permanent position going forward. She had previously been an elementary school improvement coordinator.
Allen Browning is a new vice principal at Ron Russell Middle School. He was previously the principal at West Powellhurst Elementary.
Shane Bassett is the new principal at Gilbert Heights Elementary School. He replaces Cherie-Anne May, who retired. He comes to David Douglas from the Reynolds School District, where he was an elementary principal.
Paradise marks nine years
Last month, Paradise Sports Bar & Café owners Dawn and Poon “Steve” Chan marked their ninth year in business. Dawn Chan said they love every aspect of the hospitality business: their customers, their vendors, their neighbors and the daily variety that bar ownership brings. “We love our customers, the people we do business with and our neighbors,” Chan said. “We’re pushing for nine more years.” Since most of the Menlo Park Plaza sports bar’s space is dedicated to a stage and a dance floor, they specialize in large parties, especially birthdays. They’ve held all sorts of events, from sedate memorials to raucous bachelor/bachelorette parties. “We have a ball at the parties with our customers,” Chan said.
In addition to the Chans, Paradise Manager Theresa Wilson has a history with the area; not only was she born and raised in east Portland—David Douglas Class of 1979, but she also lives close by.
Paradise’s annual Halloween party has become one of the Chans’ biggest days of the year, with generous prizes for the most creative and original costumes. In addition, they treat customers to free raffles, drink specials and karaoke. “With Halloween falling on Saturday, this year’s party should be big,” Chan said. “Everybody has a lot of adult fun in our safe environment.” Paradise Sports Bar & Cafe is at 12424 N.E. Glisan St. behind the former Staples/Kienow’s building in Menlo Park Plaza. The phone number is 503-253-3323.
Pat MacAodha contributed to this month’s Business Memos.