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Communities Are Stronger Together: The School Pivot


We are emerging from the pandemic changed. It was bound to happen, given the physical and societal dislocation most people experienced from avoiding COVID-19.

Given that we won't be the same, the preference is to emerge stronger. And that is the goal of Communities Are Stronger Together (CAST), an Ashland-born project to celebrate people and organizations rolling with the changes for positive effect.

This week we focus on education, with reps from the Ashland School District. They had to figure out how to keep students engaged, educated, and fed while they were barred from entering school buildings.

Our guests: Interim Superintendent Steve Retzlaff, Nutrition Services Director Christina Lehman, Walker Elementary School Principal Tiffany Burns, Ashland Middle School Principal Katherine Holden, and Ashland Schools Foundation Director Susan Bacon.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.