Tag Archives: Dr. Ken Cox

School District Cuts Four Days Due to Budget Shortfall

Vernonia Schools Superintendent Ken Cox announced  the need to cut four days from the current school year because of a budget shortage.

The announcement came at the April 11, 2013 Vernonia School Board Meeting.  Cox request that the Board take immediate action and cut May 10, May 17, June 6 and June 7 from the current calendar.  The  move would affect all school district employees and reduce their salaries by four days.  The Board approved the move unanimously. Read More

Schools Update

I would just like to take a moment and brag (just a little) about the students and staff of the Vernonia School District.

First of all we have our VHS Girls’ Basketball team that was first in our district playoffs, who only lost six games during their entire season. Our boys went to the state playoffs in Pendleton for the second straight year and came home with the 2A 6th place trophy. Our wrestling team sent four student athletes to the state meet; T John Wolf returned with a 4th place medal.

Just this past week our FIRST Robotics Team the Loggerbots (check them out on Youtube.) came in 3rd out of 59 teams from all sizes of schools throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho at the Memorial Coliseum. This was only their second year of competition and they  constructed an amazing Frisbee throwing robot. Read More

Schools Update: Vernonia School Project Receives Award

Recently I was privileged to accept the 2013 Daily Journal of Commerce Newsmakers Award on behalf of the Vernonia K-12 School Project. In attendance at the luncheon were Chris Linn and Jim Harold from Boora Architects, Steve Anderson, Kevin McCall and others from P&C Construction, Dewayne Cowles of Vernonia representing one of the subcontractors on the project, and John Donovan and Eric Block from The Metropolitan Group. In addition, Tom Kelly, Co-Chair of the Vernonia Catalyst Campaign Committee, which has done so much to help with fundraising for our project and Tony Hyde, Columbia County Commissioner, also a member of the Catalyst Campaign Committee and Co-Chair (along with Tom) of the Vernonia Oregon Solutions project were able to attend. Read More