WLWV School Board Briefs
April 7, 2020
The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a virtual public meeting on Monday, April 6. The following are highlights from that meeting.
School Board Recognizes Nutrition Services, Facilities, Custodial, Teaching, IT Staff Among Others
Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig Presents Distance Learning for All Update
The district will provide further guidance and information for students and parents during the week of April 6 following direction from the Oregon Department of Education. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work through these unprecedented times to provide the best learning environment possible for all students.
The full presentation can be downloaded and viewed above. Key elements for every student, educator, and parent to know include:
- Learning will be asynchronous, meaning students and families will be able to learn on their own schedule depending on what works best for each individual student.
- Every student will regularly connect with their teacher(s).
- Teachers and students will prioritize time together to focus on the most important or relevant learning.
- Teachers, families, and caregivers will work as a team, anchored in partnership. Together, teachers and families will co-facilitate learning, design consistent routines, and establish the learning environment.
- Teachers will continue to monitor, report, and record each student's progress towards learning goals and standards, encouraging critical problem solving, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
- Schools will provide multiple, flexible opportunities, especially for high school students, to earn credit on their pathway to graduation.
School Board Approves District Student Investment Account Grant Application
The State of Oregon Student Success Act (HB 3427) allocated much-needed funds for Oregon K-12 schools through a Student Investment Account (SIA) non-competetive grant. Set to be implemented in 2020-21, the SIA is estimated to provide close to $500 million to Oregon school districts. As of now, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District expects to receive approximately $7.6 million annually.
After taking in input from various stakeholder groups throughout the district, West Linn-Wilsonville created a three-year SIA plan, aligned to the district's Continuous Improvement Plan, that describes district priorities that emerged from a needs assessment and identified outcomes, actions, and strategies to meet those needs. To read about district priorities, as well as the seven strategies the district outlined in its grant application, please read the draft presented to the Board on April 6.
Strategies aim to promote teacher collaboration, provide individualized instructional time, promote a culture of learning that is responsive to the needs of students from historically disadvantaged groups, seek community partnerships to support students' behavioral and mental health, and increase efforts to improve attendance.
District Revises Budget Process Timeline
- May 29 — Budget Listening and Learning Session in the form of an online webinar and survey
- June 8 — Superintendent's Budget Message (the Budget Committee receives the budget message and proposed budget document)
- June 22 — Budget Committee Work Session
- June 24 — Additional Budget committee Work Session (if needed)
- June 29 — Budget Hearing and Adoption
- June 30 — Last day to adopt the 2020-21 Budget