Big changes coming for Beaverton School District

Don Grotting is starting the year with goals to close the achievement gap

Beaverton Schools Superintendent Don Grotting, September 6, 2016 (KOIN)
Beaverton Schools Superintendent Don Grotting, September 6, 2016 (KOIN)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — Tens of thousands of kids are back in school today and there are lots of changes in store for the Beaverton School District.

The district has a new superintendent, a new campus and a new vision. Superintendent Don Grotting says his priority is to close the achievement gap and create an educational environment that fosters growth and learning all students.

“Anytime you have disparities regarding economics and maybe some possible language issues that folks are starting to see. Different types of disabilities coming into our schools, just making sure we’re meeting each and every child’s needs and allowing them to reach their potential.” Grotting said.

The district is also facing some challenges, including boundary changes that are causing upset with parents and lead concerns in school pipes. The lead problem in Beaverton doesn’t come close to what Portland Public Schools is dealing with.

“I think what the public likes to see is transparency,” Grotting said. “I think of lot of times with issues or problems, sometimes our parents can become our biggest advocates and help us look at different ways to solve.”

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