WLWV School Board Briefs

February 9, 2021

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, February 8. The following are highlights from that meeting.

Maria Horton Recogonized as OALA Distinguished Latina Educator for 2021

West Linn-Wilsonville Bilingual Specialist Maria de Lourdes Horton was recently named the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators Distinguished Latina Educator Award for 2021. The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board recognized Maria for her many contributions to the school district during the Feb. 8 meeting.

Maria was presented with the award in January, having been selected from a talented and dedicated pool of candidates from across the State of Oregon. Maria has served in the district for well over a decade, working at Boones Ferry Primary, Lowrie Primary, and for the district’s Human Resources Department before her transition to the Family Empowerment Center this school year. For years Maria has provided connection for students and families. Now, in her new role as the district’s bilingual specialist and at the FEC, Maria has partnered with local organizations to gather resources, connect parents, and empower families across West Linn and Wilsonville.

OALA’s mission is to create a vehicle to support and mentor Latino Administrators as well as Latino educators who aspire to become administrators in Oregon. Their goals include ensuring educational equity for all students, especially those of Latino heritage, and to advocate at the federal, state, and local level for equitable educational policies impacting Latino students.

Board Approves Two Bids for Capital Construction Projects

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved two bids for upcoming Capital Bond Construction at school locations across the district.

The first contract was awarded to Inline Commercial Construction for a contract amount of $4,872,613. The contract is for construction work at Wood Middle School, including renovation of aging classrooms, relocation of the administration area to a perimeter with a secure entryway, new makerspace classroom, and new building addition among other scheduled work. The district received five bids altogether, and the estimated value of work for the project was $6.5 million.

The second contract was awarded to R.A. Gray Construction, LLC for a contract amount of $1,706,388. The contract is for construction of a new maintenance shed and driveway improvements at the district's Stafford property. The estimated value of the project was $2.6 million.

Both contracts can be found in the Board Agenda. More information about the 2019 Capital Bond can be found on the Bond Website. Interested community members are encouraged to sign up for the Capital Bond ListServ for project updates.

District Receives GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Government Finance Officers Association presented the West Linn-Wilsonville School District with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The award represents a significant achievement, reflecting the commitment of the district and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, school districts must meet nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Those guidelines are designed to assess how well the district's budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research. It is incredibly rare for a school district to receive the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

District Begins Search for New Auditor

In late December of 2020, upon completing the West Linn Wilsonville School District’s 2019-20 Audit, the District's contracted auditor, Wilcox Arredondo, informed the district that the firm would shift its focus in the coming year and will no longer provide audit services to school districts.

District staff shared the proposed schedule of events for selecting a new auditor during the Feb. 8 School Board meeting, with an expected award of a new contract by March 8, 2021.

Other Reports

To view other reports, please access the Feb. 8 Meeting Agenda. Reports included:

  • Financial Report
  • Board Hires
  • Approved Inter-District Transfers for 2021-22
  • Approved Board Meeting Minutes (1-11-21; 1-25-21)

Upcoming Events

February 15 — Presidents' Day (NO SCHOOL): There will be no school on Monday, Feb. 15 in recognition of Presidents' Day.

February 22 — First Day of Hybrid Learning for Kindergarten: The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will welcome kindergarten students for the beginning of in-person hybrid learning on Monday, Feb. 22.

February 22 — School Board Work Session: The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will host a public work session on Monday, Feb. 22 beginning at 5 p.m. This meeting will be virtual.

About West Linn-Wilsonville

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is nationally recognized for its high student and staff achievement, including one of the top graduation rates in the State of Oregon. West Linn-Wilsonville serves nearly 10,000 K-12 students across 16 schools in West Linn and Wilsonville, with a mission of creating learning communities for the greatest thinkers and the most thoughtful people for the world. WLWV strives to provide challenging education opportunities that prepare students to be college and career ready.