03 29 2015
  1:50 pm  
40 Years of Service

The Skanner founders Bernie and Bobbie Foster, along with six other prominent African American Portlanders, are being honored this month in the Rose Garden by The Portland Trail Blazers and the Bridge Builders youth organization.


The Fosters were joined by Phil Walden (honored on Feb. 1), Kelci Rae Flowers and Olaremi Sobomehin (Feb. 22), Shaler Halimon (Feb. 24), and Dr. Larry Griggs and Lavern Woods (Feb. 26.). The Fosters were honored in the Rose Garden on Feb. 3.

The Fosters, a local husband-wife team, founded the Skanner News Group in 1975. They publish two weekly newspapers, the Portland and Seattle editions of The Skanner. For the past 30 years, Bernie has led as president and Bobbie has significantly contributed as the publication's executive editor.

Four academies to be formed in the high school cluster

Students in the Jefferson High School cluster may not recognize some of the schools they attend next fall as the Portland School District embarks on a massive three-year plan to revamp the cluster's nine schools.
In a meeting punctuated by shouting and earnest testimony, the Portland School Board on Monday decided to create four academies in the cluster — including two single-sex academies — to eventually eliminate Harriet Tubman as a middle school and to redesign seven elementary schools as pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

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