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Cascade Locks community school visioning meeting scheduled April 18

— Cascade Locks’ Downtown Revitalization Steering Committee work group on community school meets April 18 at 10 a.m. at Cascade Locks School to discuss formation of a community school for the community.

The purpose of the meeting is to begin the development of “the plan” for school reuse to better serve the community, according to interim city administrator Paul Koch.

According to the steering committee, the move toward creating a community school is “to make greater use of local school facilities, to educate citizens of all ages, to meet job training needs and take advantage of all resources available to the community while enhancing the quality of life in the community for citizens of all ages.”

The initial focus will be on children and families, according to the committee’s statement.

The meeting will start with a review of the community school concept and overall community vision formulated by the committee, and unanimously approved Monday by city council.

The discussion will look at what the school is, how it will function, who will be involved, timeline and how its success will be measured.

Under the school vision, the answer to the last question is this: “The school will better utilized; programs and services will be provided for citizens of all ages; school use will enhance downtown revitalization; the community will have a written plan for the school and grounds.”

Under the school vision plan, the following partners could be involved:

Mount Hood Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Columbia Gorge Racing Association (sailing), Small Business Development Council, environmental groups, the Hood River County School District Community Education Program, Hood River County Health Department, Hood River County Commission on Children & Families, Boys and Girls Club, FFA, 4-H, Scouts, WorkSource Oregon (employment service), Hood River County United Way, County Library District, City Recreation Program and SMART.

These and other resources could be involved in a subcommittee to design the program and services.

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