Message from Our Superintendent

As the Neah-Kah-Nie School District Superintendent, I am thrilled to begin the 2017-18 school year! Every new school year begins with many exciting moments for students, parents, and staff.  Returning students are eager to renew friendships with classmates.  Students are anxious to meet new teachers and to be reacquainted with instructional assistants, cooks, secretaries, media staff, and custodians.  Preschool parents are excited, and sometimes reluctant, to leave their four year olds with school staff.  Teachers are enthusiastic as they prepare their classrooms for the new school year.  Classified staff are excited to serve delicious meals to students, welcome students to school, or assist students with a new reading program.  School administrators are excited to mentor new teachers and invigorate veteran staff.  District office staff and custodians are relieved for the new school year to finally begin after working so hard during the summer installing new technology, developing new recipes, monitoring construction and maintenance projects, cleaning classrooms, mowing lawns, and processing new staff.

Here are some highlights for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Kinder Camp, a ten day camp for preschool students entering kindergarten, began August 7.
  • The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 5, including Garibaldi Grade School kindergartners. Nehalem Elementary kindergarten and Neah-Kah-Nie preschool begin at later dates.
  • Neah-Kah-Nie School District welcomes our new teachers: Megan Tokar & Skyanna Goodland (high school math), Hannah Reynolds (high school social studies), Susan Rodinsky (high school Spanish language), Brenda Edwards (middle school math), Will Crook (middle school social studies), Jay Rocca (middle school science), Clayton Hall (middle school physical education), Ellie Nelson (middle school special education), Jennifer Holm (part-time counselor at Nehalem Elementary), Jasmine Brimacombe (Garibaldi second/third teacher), Sandra Herder (Garibaldi fourth/fifth teacher), and Kandi Spitzer (Garibaldi special education.)

The school district is super excited to welcome our new classified staff.

  • Our returning staff is why Neah-Kah-Nie School District is recognized for compassion, integrity, academic success, and teaching to the whole child.
  • Students, staff, and community members are encouraged to run, walk, jump, and throw on the new community track & field, September 23. The new field lighting will be ready for the first home football game.  Spectators will  appreciate the new concession stand and restrooms, October 15.  Middle and high school physical education classes use the track & field during the school year.  Middle and high school track & field and cross country teams train and compete on the track & field.  5th and 6th graders will compete in a track & field meet, spring, 2018.  The Mudd Nick Foundation, Neah-Kah-Nie School District, and local parks and recreation departments are considering sponsoring a youth track & field meet, summer 2018.
  • All licensed staff, and many classified staff, will participate in extensive training to enhance instructional strategies for all students thanks to a grant from the Oregon Department of Education.
  • The high school received $109,000 from Ballot Measure 98 funds specifically targeting dropout prevention, college-level education opportunities, and Career Technical Education (CTE).
  • Students and staff will be safer thanks to the $1.5 million dollar seismic upgrade at Nehalem Elementary.
  • NKN High School library has a new roof.
  • Smart Boards were installed in most classrooms to enhance the use of technology as an instructional tool.
  • Ten classrooms were painted this summer.
  • Late start Monday is a time for teachers to receive professional development and collaborate on new instructional strategies.
  • A life skills classroom will serve middle and high school students in a new location.
  • The Manzanita Music Festival, Mudd Nick Foundation, and the school district provided funding for a variety of new band instruments for middle and high school band programs.
  • Approximately 16 students attended Summer Migrant School.
  • Garibaldi Grade School will have a full time school counselor, this is an increase from last year’s part time counselor.
  • Garibaldi Grade School students and staff are excited to have a Super Hero Academy classroom.
  • Nehalem Elementary and Garibaldi Grade School will begin to use a new math curriculum and reading intervention curriculums.
  • Elementary schools are in the fourth year of the Response to Instruction & Intervention Grant.
  • NKN High School has new health and band curriculums.
  • Please visit the Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s website at for additional information.


I am honored and excited to serve students and staff as your superintendent.


Paul Erlebach