Colton School District



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School resumes September 6, 2016



Superintendent Jay Kosik


Our District is currently in the process of building its budget for the 2016-17 school year. During the budget process, a number of issues have arisen – and it seems apparent that some misinformation is going through our community as a result.
The following paragraphs are meant to provide community members with accurate, up-to-date information about some of these issues.

Special Education
Over the past several years, the school district has placed a number of special education students in schools outside our attendance boundaries. The thought was that Colton did not have the means to meet the educational needs of these children. Since this is my first year, I wanted to look into this matter because I have always believed that children are best served in their neighborhood schools. After visiting the children in their out-of-district placement, we found that with additional supports our schools could meet the needs of many of these students.
As a result we will be meeting individually with the students and parents whom we believe our schools can effectively serve. The meetings are scheduled for mid- May. At those meeting, we will discuss the resources, programs, and supports that will be provided to ensure that the students will have every opportunity for success in their neighborhood schools. While it is true that the district will save money by doing this, much of that money that will be used to purchase the support services that these students will need.

Special Education Director
In past years, the Colton School District assigned a staff person who had main duties to also be Special Education Director. Until this year, that person was the District Superintendent – in other words, the Superintendent spent most of her time on superintendent duties but also served as the Special Education Director. After hearing from our community, we now realize the importance of this position and, as a result, will hire a half time special education director for 2016-17. The point we want to make is this – this will be the first time our district will have someone whose only duties are to take care of special education and special education students and staff. This is a starting point in this process, and we anticipate some additional changes to our program offerings serving our special needs students based on state and federal mandates, program requirements, and community input.

At the budget meeting this past Monday, April 18, it was noted that the Athletic budget had increased by about $12,500 and some people wanted to know why this happened. The budget was increased to ensure the District can meet its PERS obligations for coaches’ salaries. Another reason for the increase to Athletics is that we now are paying a stipend to our Cheerleader Advisor, and, in prior years that was a voluntary position.

Sale of Community Center
At the April 18 Board meeting, the Colton School Board voted to sell the Community Center to Colton Helping Hands, Inc. for $150,000. The sale included one acre of property on which the Community Center is located. The District, Helping Hands, Inc. and Clackamas County are now working together to complete the sale so that Helping Hands can begin making upgrades to the building. Helping Hands Inc. received a Grant from Clackamas County to help with the cost of the upgrades.

Bond Projects
The Colton School District passed a Bond measure in November, 2015. The Bond money was meant for two purposes: 1) to install security systems in the three schools and the district office and, 2) to repair as many roofs in the district as possible. By November, 2015 nearly all bond projects had been completed. About $185,000 remained unused in bond monies. On March 10, a  team consisting of past  and  present Board members,  Maintenance staff, and Administrators made the decision to use the remaining monies on the following: 1) install additional security cameras at the elementary school and high school, and 2) to replace the roofs at the elementary gymnasium and the district office. Those projects will be completed as soon as school recesses for the summer.


Jay Kosik



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Colton K-12 District Goals 2015-16:

  1. Increase student performance level in reading and writing by 5%as measured by summative State Assessment
  2. Increase student performance level of math by 20% as measured by State
  3. Recommend a 2015-16 Math Adoption
  4. Form a Technology Committee
  5. Increase student participation in extra-curricular activities




Clackamas County has created a School Locator page. This web page allows you to enter in an address and identifies the school district. If you’re thinking of moving to the area and you want to be sure the property is in the Colton School District check out this web site by Clackamas County:

At the Colton School District office we often receive calls regarding our District boundaries. Working with Clackamas County Information Services GIS Division, the District had a District Map created. Each of our buildings have a poster size of this map to view as well as this pdf format which enables you to zoom in and out.

Disclaimer - While continuous efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of school district boundaries and school locations, it must be stressed that these are approximations and are for general information purposes only. to verify legal descriptions of boundaries or to determine school locations or attendance before relocating, please contact your local tax assessor's office or check with Colton School District Administration Office 503-824-3535.



The award winning Colton School District is located in the foothills of the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 45 miles from the centers of Salem and Portland in the foothills of the Cascades. It is a progressive school district consisting of grades K-12, in a K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 configuration with an enrollment of approximately 690 students. There has been a history of strong support of the school district by its patrons.

The area of Colton is located between Molalla and Estacada. The school district encompasses 189 square miles consisting mostly of public and private timberland. The district’s students come from areas that represent four different zip codes, five fire districts and four telephone exchanges (Beavercreek, Colton, Estacada and Molalla). Most students take school-provided transportation to and from school.


Colton School District is a proud member of Oregon StRUT

Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) is a program incorporated into schools where students take donated computers and computer components and upgrade them for the use in schools. Students involved in StRUT evaluate, repair and refurbish donated computers and in turn donate those computers to local schools. Students gain valuable skills and schools get free computers. More information can be found on their website:



Do you know of any children who have physical, mental or emotional problems who are not receiving an education?  No matter what the problem, nor its severity; the child is entitled to an education.  It's the law!

To comply with the Federal laws, Colton School District offers a number of special programs for handicapped children, many of which are incorporated into regular school programs.

Help us find children with handicaps who are not receiving an education.  For more information call the district office at 824-3535.

¿Conoce Ud. a un niño que no esté recibiendo servicios educativos a causa de deshabilidad, sea esta física, mental o emocional?  Según la ley, todo niño merece una educación, sin importar la severidad de las deshabilidades que tenga.
Con el fin de cumplir con las leyes federales, Colton School District (Distrito Escolar de Colton) ofrece variedad de programas para niños con deshabilidades; muchos de estos permiten que el alumno permanezca en su propio salón.

Ayúdenos a encontrar a niños con deshabilidades que no estén matriculados en la escuela.  Para informes favor de llamar al 824-3535.



Colton School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, national origin, age, or disability in its programs, activities or employment. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Jay Kosik 503-824-3535.