Dear Neah-Kah-Nie School District Families:

I am excited to welcome you back to the 2016-17 school year.  Our custodians and maintenance staff (Bob Horton, Luke Nugent, Darren Hastings, Karla Watkins, John Wheeler, Jeff Short, and Paul Short) worked hard to prepare schools for the return of your children.  I want to thank our SUPER custodians for their strong work ethic and eye for detail.  Levi Nugent, District Technology Director, worked to enhance the district’s robust technology infrastructure and added additional security cameras throughout the district.  Without Levi’s expertise, the district would not have such strong technology rich classrooms.  The district office staff (Carol Richmond, Ashley Arthur, Mark Sybouts, Kathie Sellers, and Steve Baertlein) worked during the summer to ensure successful openings of all schools in the fall.

I am sure all of you are enthusiastic for school to begin Tuesday, September 6.  Parents of preschool and kindergarten students have been notified of alternate start dates for these programs.

I would like to share with you some of the exciting changes this year at Neah-Kah-Nie School District:

  • Neah-Kah-Nie School District welcomes our new teachers: Melinda Rumage, Kimberly Baertlein, Glenn Stelson, Jenna Angelini, Kate Romanov, Ashley Verhulst, Brianna Moses, James Billstine, Jenna Meeks, Beth Gienger (HS Math), Carlotta Roddy, and Rhonda Scott. We are also excited to welcome all our new classified staff.  Our new educators will complement the climate and culture of the entire school district.  Soon it will be apparent to all new staff, the main focus of the school district is people: students, staff, volunteers, parents, and our community partners.
  • A ninth teacher and an additional instructional assistant were hired at Nehalem Elementary. Now, Nehalem Elementary and Garibaldi Grade School each have nine classroom teachers.  Class sizes are approximately twenty-one students with instructional assistant support in each classroom.
  • Selected elementary teachers will pilot I Ready, a new math curriculum.
  • Elementary schools will be in the third year of Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI) in order to increase student achievement for all students and to provide a systematic framework for identifying students with specific learning disabilities.
  • A life skills program is being implemented at the middle and high schools.
  • Stacey Dills, long time Nehalem Elementary Special Education teacher, was hired as the school district’s Special Education/Student Services Director. Stacey will be responsible for Special Education and Title programs.
  • High school students will have new Spanish language and science curriculums.
  • In the spring, the $1.7 million dollar community track and field renovation project will begin.
  • The Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s long range plan will be updated. This long range plan, when updated, will provide the necessary guidance to focus on strategic initiatives.  We are excited to partner with community partners to build this roadmap.
  • If you have not visited the Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s website, please do so at
  • Middle school students enrolled in physical education classes will wear physical education uniforms.
  • The NKN District Technology Committee created a new technology plan.
  • An employee staff recognition program will begin in the fall.
  • The Nehalem Elementary gym was painted and adjustable basketball hoops installed.
  • A $45,000 fuel tank will be installed at Garibaldi replacing the old tank installed when the school was built.
  • Five elementary classrooms were painted this summer.
  • Ten part time instructional assistant positions were combined into five full time positions.
  • One full time classified staff was hired at the middle and high school to assist with state testing, mentor coordinating through the Aspire Program, and media services.
  • The district office parking area has been expanded and a sidewalk added for safety and comfort for our visitors.
  • The Garibaldi Elementary softball/soccer/football field will have the grass & weeds removed, soil tilled, compost added, and the field leveled & reseeded.

The 2016-17 school year will be my fifth year as Neah-Kah-Nie School District Superintendent.  I am honored to serve the many communities throughout the school district with the single purpose of providing the best education system for our students.


Paul Erlebach, Superintendent