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Milt Dennison

Milt Dennison

Milt Dennison comes to Skamania with over 50 years of experience in education as a coach, a Math and PE teacher, adjunct faculty member, administrator, and superintendent.

Originally from the mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado, he’s always had an active lifestyle and is a bit of a risk taker. He moved to the Portland area in 1980 to serve as the middle school principal for West Linn School District. He also served as superintendent of Canby and Camas School Districts before becoming superintendent of Clackamas Education Service District. Shortly after retiring in 2016, he was asked to become a consultant with the Oregon School Board Association and assists school districts with their superintendent search process – which has also included filling in as an interim or short term superintendent when the need arises.

He has been an important part of many successful bond and levy campaigns to help districts continue to support student achievement and growth. He’s an active community member, having been a part of Rotary, Chamber and Scouts of America. He recently rejoined the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club and serves as the Chair of the Portland Actors Conservatory Board.

Mr. Dennison has two grown children and several grandchildren: his son is a Captain in the Navy currently serving in Turkey and his daughter is a Nurse Practitioner in Maryland. He loves to explore outdoors and enjoys golfing, cycling, hiking, traveling and repelling off tall buildings!

Education
Ed.D., University of Southern California, 1980 – Educational Administration and Curriculum
M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1975 – Educational Administration
B.A., Western State College, Colorado, 1970 – Mathematics, Physical Education

Awards & Honors
Civic Star Award – American Association of School Administrators
Citizen-of-the-Year – Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce
Rotarian-of-the-Year – Camas-Washougal Rotary Club
Silver Beaver Award – Boy Scouts of America

Additional classroom and teacher to keep class sizes small

Skamania Families, We are thrilled to begin the 2022-23 school year this week! We have been working hard to prepare the classrooms for all of our smiling students. Because our enrollment numbers are higher than originally anticipated, we have added an additional...

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year

I have a great deal of excitement as I look forward to the start of the upcoming school year. I was very lucky to have spent most of the month of July in Europe visiting family. I’m grateful for video conferencing and accessibility of technology as I was able to...

Superintendent farewell and introductions

Dear Skamania School families, I’m about to finish out my last day as superintendent at Skamania and I want to thank all of you for making my five years here so rewarding. I have truly enjoyed watching our young people grow, embracing learning and begin to discover...

Parent Newsletter – April 2022

Dear Skamania School Families, I have a few updates I’d like to share with you all. Spring 2022 Highlights In case you missed it, ReadyWA shared a wonderful story about the nPower Girls program featuring our very own Skamania students! You can watch the video and...

Masking Update

Dear Families, Today, the governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced that, with declining COVID case rates and hospitalizations, plus changes to CDC masking guidance, all three states will be adjusting the end date to their statewide indoor mask...

Mask Requirement Update

Dear Skamania Parents, We understand there are conversations online and in the community about the possibility of the state ending the indoor mask requirement in Washington. No changes to requirements have been made at this time, but we anticipate changes in state...

New board member and additional updates

Dear Skamania School Families, I hope you all are doing well and getting back into the rhythm of school and work. I have some updates to share with you. New Board Member Please join me in welcoming Lisa Young to the Skamania School Board! A former Skamania School...

Welcome back and Happy New Year

Dear Skamania School Families, Happy New Year, and welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable winter break, and have recovered from all of the snow. As you know, we had a delayed start back to school due to snow and ice, so we will be making up these days. Four of the...

Skamania School Superintendent/Principal Announces Retirement

After 41 years in education and nearly 5 years leading Skamania School, I am about to enter into a new chapter of my life. I will be retiring, as planned, at the end of the school year on June 30. Announcing early will give the district plenty of time to select a new...

Board Process Update

Skamania School has a new board member in position #5 and will continue to accept applications for position #3 and position #4 through January 5, 2022. The process of board appointment is outlined below and is consistent with applicable RCWs (RCW 28A.343.370:...