Message from the Superintendent
Welcome to the La Center School District and our webpage. My name is Dave Holmes and I feel fortunate to lead one of the most outstanding school districts in the state. I began my time in La Center as a substitute teacher during the 1992-93 school year. I served as the High School Principal for twelve years and the Assistant Superintendent for 4 years until 2014. The experience gave me a unique historical perspective on our community and schools as I watched our small rural community in north Clark County transform into a larger bedroom community. After leaving La Center, I served as Superintendent of the Three Rivers School District in southern Oregon for two years before returning as the La Center Superintendent at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. I brought back with me a vision of how to maximize possibilities and opportunities for our district. We want to move in a positive direction with exceptional outcomes in spite of the growth and change facing our community.
The school board and I believe in listening to stakeholders and gathering input from all levels of the community. I would encourage you to contact me anytime you have issues that aren’t resolved at the building level or if you have ideas that might help us make our district better. I frequently send out surveys or letters to communicate with parents and stakeholders and I would again, encourage you to take part or respond when you have comments.
Our district continues to focus on creating graduates who are confident, self-reliant, life-long learners, but we are faced with many challenges to our system. We are experiencing significant growth across our district and we are well beyond capacity on our K-8 campus and at capacity at our high school. Our board has plans to run a bond for a new school on the November 2017 ballot. If the bond is successful, a new school would likely not open for two years. We have no space available on the K-8 campus for additional portables without impacting current athletic and play spaces for our students. If you have not yet contacted me to be on our new school bond and planning committee and you would like to help, please contact me at the district office via email or phone.
We are here to serve our students and we value input and ideas. I would encourage everyone to be involved in our schools in order to help us implement the vision of the community as a whole. We have many volunteer opportunities in our buildings if you have time and interest and we’d love to have you!
Superintendent, La Center School District.