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Districts get Common School Fund money

Jackson County's nine school districts will receive a combined $1.2 million from the state's Common School Fund.

The total payout to school districts across the state is nearly $24 million, a news release said.

The fund, established to allocate state land funds to schools, is overseen by Secretary of State Kate Brown, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The Department of State Lands gives out the funds biannually to the nearly 200 school districts in Oregon.

Medford School District received a majority of the funds sent to Jackson County with $544,146.55.

Other local school districts received:

  • Phoenix-Talent: $116,935
  • Ashland: $118,646
  • Central Point: $195,531
  • Eagle Point: $181,430
  • Rogue River: $41,416
  • Prospect: $9,827
  • Butte Falls: $6,610
  • Pinehurst: $1,615
  • Medford: $544,146

Jared Goode graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas on May 12 with a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting.

He is the son of Marti Lacy-Goode and Jim Goode, both of Central Point, and a 1999 graduate of Crater High School. He went on to receive his bachelor's from UNLV before completing his master's degree.

Michelle Andrea Sanderson of Medford earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and graduated cum laude from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Students graduating cum laude earned a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5, but less than 3.7.

Corey M. Dambacher received his doctorate on May 18 from the laboratory of Professor Peter G. Schultz in the Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

Dambacher is a 1997 graduate of Phoenix High School. Prior to entering the doctoral program at Scripps, he was recognized by the Biophysical Society as a recipient of the 2006 Student Research Achievement Award for his work in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University.

He is a biomedical scientist now, working in the area of assay development at Prognosys Biosciences, a biotech startup company focused on next-generation sequencing and clinical diagnostics, located in the La Jolla Cove.

Jolene Walker earned a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Ecology and Conservation from Southern Oregon University. She graduated cum laude and was a presidential scholar.

Walker is a 2008 graduate of South Medford High School, and is the daughter of Doug and Cherri Walker. She plans to find work locally in order to gain experience before attending graduate school.

Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho named Miranda Duggan of Ashand to its spring President's List. To qualify for the President's List, students must have at least a 3.75 grade point average for the semester and take at least 12 graded credits in level 100 or above classes.

Compiled from staff reports