I’ve always known that the South County community is special, and events of the last few weeks confirm my belief.
When it was necessary to close Crestview Heights School for a week while we removed mold and repaired the school building, the parents, teachers and school staff were supportive. When the school closure was extended for an additional week, and yet another week because of the extent of repairs needed, we were met with… more understanding and patience!
Neighbors, friends, and community members offered assistance to families who were not prepared to stay home with their children for an extended time. Service groups, churches, businesses, and the city governments of Waldport and Yachats gladly offered ideas for temporary classroom space so our students could return to the classroom quickly. Community volunteers rallied to move entire classrooms from one building to another. School district administrators and staff put in extra effort to make sure that families and the community were informed about what was happening while working toward the best solution to this unexpected challenge.
To each of you who helped us through this difficult situation, I feel profound gratitude and offer my sincere thanks.
I hesitate to name specific individuals because I do not want anyone to feel unappreciated. However, I wish to acknowledge the work of Seashore Family Literacy Center. With help from many volunteers, Senitila McKinley opened her doors to offer meals and educational activities for children while they were out of school. Another word of thanks goes to T. Gerding Construction Co., the general contractor at the new Waldport High School now being built. Kevin Lindsted and his crew put in exceptional effort to quickly complete one wing of the new high school for use as temporary classrooms for Crestview students.
Others who extended a hand to help were First Baptist Church of Waldport, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Waldport, St. Lukes By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Waldport Community Presbyterian Church, Waldport Foursquare Church, Waldport Public Library, Waldport Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, and Yachats Lions Club.
It’s true that every cloud has a silver lining. While our students have returned to learning in their temporary classrooms through the end of the school year, we will move forward with continued repairs and remodeling at Crestview Heights School. When finished, the building will be healthy, safe, and better than ever for years to come.
On behalf of our students, teachers and staff, thank you.
Tom Rinearson, Superintendent