NORTH BEND — “Moving here was always something I wanted to do in my career,” said the new superintendent for the North Bend School District.
Incoming Superintendent Kevin Bogatin is excited to bring his family to town and start working, though his official start-date isn’t until July 1. Since beginning his education career in 1995, he has periodically looked for jobs on the southern Oregon coast, drawn to the beauty of the area since he grew up land-locked in Iowa.
Back in 2016, he made his first appearance in the local school districts after becoming one of the final candidates for the Coos Bay School District superintendent position.
Though he plans on meeting with district staff, local leaders and stakeholders to understand the needs of the community and students once he moves in, he brings with him years of experience and successful implementation of new programs.
Currently working as an assistant superintendent for the Corvallis School District, Bogatin pointed to the district-wide language merging program as one of the highlights of not just his hard work but also that of the district team.
“Our schools support a strong dual-language that gives great results for kids,” he said.
Not only that, but he has helped the district leap forward in its equity work which has led to more of its Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina) students going on to attend college than the white students.
“They are graduating high school at the same rate, while our special ed graduation rate increased by 30 percent in five or six years,” he said. “I’m proud of that.”
In addition, the Corvallis School District has implemented one-to-one technology for its students and by the time he leaves for North Bend, he will have helped implement a robust sustainability management plan.
“There’s not one thing to point at, but a lot of hard work by people in Corvallis,” Bogatin said. “We have moved behind singular goals and missions for the betterment of kids.”
And that’s what he plans for North Bend.
“I’m excited about the challenge and opportunity and sense of adventure,” he said about the move. “I’m excited to have a three-year contract and would ask the board and community as we look at improved outcomes and change to see that it takes time. I want to see those things come to fruition, but it will take time to accomplish things and be successful.”
Since the North Bend School District announced that Bogatin would replace outgoing-superintendent Bill Yester on Monday, community members have reached out to him with plans to meet once he gets to town.
“The North Bend Police Chief (Rob Kappelman) reached out to have coffee so I can understand how the relationship has developed in past years with the school district and what’s possible in the future,” Bogatin said. “I want to have those conversations with community leaders, district leaders, business owners, families, students, staff members. I want to understand the area and what needs to be celebrated and what needs growth.”
Bogatin is also stepping into a district that underwent turmoil and national headlines last year after its former high school principal used the Bible as punishment. When asked how Bogatin would help the district continue to heal, he said he is coming in with an outside perspective, meaning he is a clean slate.
“It goes back to the early steps in learning and listening to people,” he said. “There’s what I can read in the paper and then hearing directly from those involved. There’s solutions in place, so I’m interested in the impact so far, but it’s important to be positive about the future instead of focused on the past.”
Bogatin said he is bringing ideas for the district, but wants to make sure they match what is needed and what the community wants.
“I bring a passion and enthusiasm for this work,” he said. “I’m excited and anxious to begin.”
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian airliner that killed 157 people, a reversal for the U.S. after federal aviation regulators had maintained it had no data to show the jets are unsafe.
The decision came hours after Canada joined about 40 other countries in barring the Max 8 from its airspace, saying satellite tracking data showed possible but unproven similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and a previous crash involving the model five months ago. The U.S., one of the last holdouts, also grounded a larger version of the plane, the Max 9.
Daniel Elwell, acting head of the FAA, said enhanced satellite images and new evidence gathered on the ground led his agency to order the jets out of the air.
The data, he said, linked the behavior and flight path of the Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 to data from the crash of a Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea and killed 187 people in October.
"Evidence we found on the ground made it even more likely that the flight path was very close to Lion Air's," Elwell told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.
Satellite data right after the crash wasn't refined enough to give the FAA what it needed to make the decision to ground planes, Elwell said. But on Wednesday, global air traffic surveillance company Aireon and Boeing were able to enhance the initial data to make it more precise "to create a description of the flight that made it similar enough to Lion Air," Elwell said.
The Ethiopian plane's flight data and voice recorders will be sent to France for analysis, Elwell said. Some aviation experts have warned that finding answers in the crash could take months.
Officials at Lion Air in Indonesia have said sensors on their plane produced erroneous information on its last four flights, triggering an automatic nose-down command that the pilots were unable to overcome.
President Donald Trump, who announced the grounding, was briefed Wednesday on new developments in the investigation by Elwell and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and they determined the planes should be grounded, the White House said. Trump spoke afterward with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg and Boeing signed on.
"At the end of the day, it is a decision that has the full support of the secretary, the president and the FAA as an agency," Elwell said.
Airlines, mainly Southwest, American and United, should be able to swap out planes pretty quickly, and passengers shouldn't be terribly inconvenienced, said Paul Hudson, president of flyersrights.org, which represents passengers. The Max, he said, makes up only a small percentage of the U.S. passenger jet fleet, he said.
"I think any disruptions will be very minor," he said. "The first quarter of the year is the slow quarter, generally for air travel,"adding that the airlines have planes on the ground that aren't being used on trans-Atlantic flights that could be diverted to domestic routes.
Boeing issued a statement saying it supported the FAA's decision even though it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX." The company also said it had itself recommended the suspension of the Max fleet after consultations with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
"We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution," Boeing said.
The groundings will have a far-reaching financial impact on Boeing, at least in the short term, said John Cox, a veteran pilot and CEO of Safety Operating Systems.
In addition to those that have already been grounded, there are more than 4,600 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes on backlog that are not yet delivered to airlines.
"There are delivery dates that aren't being met, there's usage of the aircraft that's not being met, and all the supply chain things that Boeing so carefully crafted," Cox said. "If they can't deliver the airplanes, where do they put the extra engines and the extra fuselage and the extra electrical components"
Even so, Cox thinks Boeing will recover, because the planes typically fly for 30 to 40 years, and any needed fix will be made quickly, he said.
Boeing's shares have plummeted almost 11 percent since Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash. On Wednesday, the stock sank to $363.36 after the FAA announcement but then recovered to close at $377.14, up 0.5 percent for the day. It rose slightly in after-hours trading to $378.
In making the decision to ground the Max 8s in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said a comparison of vertical fluctuations found a "similar profile" between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash.
Canada lost 18 of its citizens in Sunday's crash, the second highest number after Kenya. A Canadian family of six were among the dead.
Lebanon and Kosovo also barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace Wednesday, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after grounding its fleet. Egypt banned the operation of the aircraft. Thailand ordered budget airline Thai Lion Air to suspend flying the planes for risk assessments. Lion Air confirmed reports it has put on hold the scheduled delivery of four of the jets.
DOUGLAS COUNTY — The Roseburg Mental Health Advocacy Council hosted a grand opening to celebrate its first meeting at the Roseburg VA Medical Center on Monday.
The council, which is comprised of veterans, community partners and local advocates, was created to increase and improve access to mental health services to all veterans.
“Mental health issues for veterans can arise from a variety of issues stemming from their military experience including PTSD, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse recovery and suicide among others,” said RMHAC Chair Jessica Lloyd-Rogers in a press release. “Some are evident during or shortly after transitioning and others can surface decades later.”
While the council is initially holding meetings in Roseburg, it does have plans to open sub-chapters in areas covered by the Roseburg VA Health Care System which include Coos, Douglas, Curry, Linn and Benton counties as well as Del Norte County in California.
A number of staff members from the Roseburg VA Health Care System are also a part in the council as well as numerous veterans’ service organizations.
The meetings will allow participants to share their opinions on various policies and relevant topics regarding mental health services that could potentially impact veterans.