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Last Tuesday’s coverage of the June City Club discussion highlighted the Corvallis School District’s efforts to boost high school graduation rates by 18.5 percent over the past three years. Superintendent Erin Prince shared that interventions for at-risk students played a key role in this transformational change, along with a shift in expectations among teachers, staff, and district leadership.

As trustees of the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation, we are proud of the work that we have done to focus on graduation rates in partnership with the school district. For the last three years, community donors (individuals and local businesses) stepped up to the challenge of funding summer intervention programs in our schools. These programs, from credit recovery classes to academic “boot camps” for math and writing, helped hundreds of students who otherwise would have fallen behind.

This year, the foundation is again gearing up to provide funding to support summer programs at six schools. These opportunities are made possible by private donations.

As we come to the end of the 2015-16 school year, the Foundation Board of Trustees celebrates Corvallis graduates and the work of dedicated staff. We also applaud those individuals and businesses who contributed private donations in support of graduation rate interventions. The role of private philanthropy in this success story cannot be overstated.

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Karen MacEwan

Corvallis (June 13)

The writer is chair of the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation. This letter also was signed by the board's other trustees: Elizabeth French, Scott Spiegelberg, Lisa Langeliers, Annette Clovis, Dee Mooney, Daniel Lopez-Cevallos, Tom Brookes, and Anissa Arthenayake.

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