WLWV Board Briefs

January 14, 2020

The Arts and Technology High School Rock Band performed in front of West Linn-Wilsonville School Board members, district staff, and community members during the January 13 meeting in recognition of National School Board Appreciation Month. Thank you to our dedicated School Board members for their tireless work and commitment to West Linn-Wilsonville students!

District Staff Provide High School Renewal Update

District Staff provided an update of the district's High School Renewal work during the Jan. 13 meeting. Following the district's High School Study during the 2017-18 school year, the district began high school renewal work. District emphasis in the renewal process includes three key areas:

  1. College and Career Pathways — Dual Credit and Career and Technical Education (CTE) program courses continue to be offered at all three high schools, with plans for expansion of strategic CTE programs in areas identified for each high school starting next year. Course catalogs are being updated to reflect this expansion.
  2. Ninth Grade High School Success Teams — Ninth Grade Success Teams at both West Linn and Wilsonville high schools are composed of three core content teachers, special education and bilingual specialists, school counselors, and administrators. These teams are in the pilot phase, with plans to scale across the entire grade level over the next two years. These teams share the same ninth-grade students in their three different content areas, allowing for increased collaboration around instruction as well as student engagement and support strategies.
  3. Blended/Online Learning — Leadership teams at all three high schools and a team of district administrators have been studying best practices in implementing high-quality blended and online learning opportunities as part of the regular course catalog. Plans are in place to offer at least two blended learning classes in the Fall of 2020-21, with expansion in further years, as well as establishing an online academy and online courses for implementation in 2020-21.

Board Selects Construction Management Firm, Architecture Firms for 2019 Capital Bond

During the Jan. 13 meeting, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved a contract for the Construction Management Firm the district will use for 2019 Capital Bond work and selected two architecture firms to aid the district in design and completion of bond projects.

Following a thorough process, the district selected CBRE Heery as the construction management firm that will manage all 2019 bond work.

The district also received and reviewed 12 proposals from qualified architecture firms to design and work through 2019 bond work. Following review by a district selection committee, in addition to in-person interviews, the district selected two Architecture Groups. BORA Architects and IBI Group Architects were approved by the Board as architectural firms available to the district for projects related to the 2019 Capital Bond Program.

The district will now focus on creating master schedules for the 2019 bond before beginning the design and permitting process for select bond projects.

Learn more about the 2019 Capital Bond or sign up for regular bond communication ListServs by visiting the district's bond website.

School Board Approves Inter-District Transfer Parameters for 2020-21 School Year

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved inter-district transfer parameters for the 2020-21 school year during the Jan. 13 meeting. To learn more about inter-district transfer parameters please visit the district website.

Board Adopts Budget Calendar Timeline for 2019-20 Budget Process

The School Board adopted a budget process timeline for the 2019-20 school year during the Jan. 13 meeting. The district will hold a Public Information Budget Listening and Learning Session on April 1, followed by the Superintendent's Budget Message on May 4. The Budget Committee will hold a public meeting on May 18 followed by another meeting on May 20 if needed. Following the Budget committee's approval, the proposed budget will go to the School Board for discussion and formal adoption on June 8, 2020. See the full calendar on the district website.

District Receives Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from Auditor for Fiscal Year 2018-19

Sabino Arredondo of Wilcox Arredondo & Co presented the district's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report audit for Fiscal Year 2018-19 during the January 13 meeting. District auditors provided their analysis, finding the district to be in substantial compliance of Minimum Standards for Audits of Oregon Municipal Corporations. Read the full report as well as the list of findings on the district website.

District Staff Presents Healthy and Safe Schools Report

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board received the district's 2019-20 Healthy and Safe School (HASS) Plan and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan during the Jan. 13 meeting. Since 2017, the district has developed and implemented a HASS Plan in accordance with SB1062 to address testing management of lead in water, lead paint, asbestos, radon, integrated pest management, and carbon monoxide detectors for all district schools. Read the full report on the district website.

Upcoming Events

Dual Language Information Night: January 14 — The first of two Dual Language Information Nights will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lowrie Primary School.

Professional Growth Wednesday: January 15 — Wednesday, Jan. 15 is an Early Release, Professional Growth Wednesday for all West Linn-Wilsonville Schools. All schools will release two hours early.

Dual Language Information Night: January 16 — The second of two Dual Language Information Nights will take place on Thursday, January 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Trillium Creek Primary School.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL: January 20 — There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 20 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

School Board Work Session: January 27 — The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will hold a public work session on Monday, Jan. 27 beginning at 5 p.m. at the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.

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.