Joseph Prechtl

Joseph Prechtl

Communications Director

(541) 475-6192 Ext. 2225

All media requests are directed through the Communications Department. Please contact our Communications Director at or call the number below.


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Our Communications Plan

Jefferson County School District 509J is committed to providing timely, accurate and clear communication to all stakeholders. We seek to provide resources and materials to ensure families, students, staff, partners, media, citizens, and other members of the community are kept informed about our key priorities, successes, and challenges.

The Communications department works with schools and departments to ensure that everyone is informed and up to date on student’s, staff’s, and faculty’s experience in 509J schools.

We aim to ensure that families, students, staff, and the community know that students flourish here, we care for each other, and we get better every day.

We aim to celebrate the successes that happen every day in our buildings. If you wish to share an idea with us, please reach out at

We communicate through multiple channels including social media networks and our direct communication tool, ParentSquare. In order to receive important updates from the district, please ensure your contact information is up to date by checking with your children’s school.

District News

Overview of 509J Spanish Dual Language Program

Benefits Dual Language programs are based on decades of research that show learning academic content through two languages has positive effects on students’ achievement in school. This research also shows that DL programs help reduce achievement gaps and promote...

Madras High’s Taft Rice elected to state FFA office

For the first time in more than a decade, Jefferson County School District 509J and Madras High School will be represented on the Oregon FFA State Officer Team for 24-25. Taft Rice, a senior, was elected as the state sentinel at the annual state convention held in...

MHS March Athlete of the Month

(Track & Field Photos Courtesy of the Madras Pioneer)Announcing Madras High School’s March Athletes of the Month! We are thrilled to kick off 23-24 Spring Sports season with Athlete of the Month! These exceptional athletes from baseball, softball, track and field,...

Inside Buff Elementary’s Lunchtime Sports Showdown

In mid-March, the Buff Elementary gymnasium became the site of a championship showdown between the Lakers and the Penguins. These two teams were competing against each other for a shot at Buff’s Basketball Lunch Time Sports championship trophy.  You could feel the...

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