WLWV School Board Briefs

June 9, 2020

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

Board Reports

West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Directors began the June 8 regular meeting by reflecting on the 2019-20 school year, recent graduation ceremony celebrations, and the current climate across the nation. In particular, Board Members discussed the district's Board Goal No. 1 and its importance in disrupting systems of racism in West Linn-Wilsonville schools.

To view the video of the June 8 Board meeting, including statements made by West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Directors, please visit the district website. Video will be posted in the coming days.

Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig Gives Budget Message, Signaling the Beginning of the 2020-21 Budget Process

Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig read the 2020-21 Budget Message during the June 8 Board Meeting. The Budget Committee received the 2020-21 proposed budget, which they will review ahead of the June 22 Budget Committee Work Session. The proposed budget reflects an estimated cost increase to PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) of $3.5 million. It also reflects an unexpected loss in revenue of $7.5 million for the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent Oregon Economic Revenue Forecast. Read the full budget message on the district website.

The Budget Committee also voted member Kirsten Wyatt as Budget Committee Chair and Craig Nelson as Vice Chair.

Board Opens Two Long Range Planning Committee Vacancies — Apply Now

The School Board opened two Long Range Planning Committee vacancies following the end of terms for Mike Jones and David Lake. Both long-time members of the Long Range Planning Committee have served multiple terms, playing integral roles in the planning and construction of multiple schools. Thank you to Mike and David for their service to the school district!

To learn more about the Long Range Planning Committee, or to apply for either of the two vacancies, please visit the district website. Terms run through June 30, 2023.

The Long Range Planning Committee meets quarterly. The citizen oversight group is tasked with guiding the development of the district's Long Range Plan, providing a rational framework for evaluating and addressing future school facility needs in Wets Linn and Wilsonville. The Long Range Planning Committee also serves as the district's Bond Oversight Committee, monitoring the progress of the 2019 Capital Bond and affiliated construction projects.

District Staff Discuss Distant Learning Data

West Linn-Wilsonville Teaching and Learning Staff presented to the School Board on June 8 following the completion of the 2019-20 school year. In particular, staff shared survey data that provides insight into distance learning, including the successes and challenges families and students experienced during the past several weeks.

The Board listened to reports from the primary, middle, and high school level, including feedback from student focus groups and Student Services parent input. Watch video of the informative reports on the district website.

Board Recognizes Bond Manager Tim Woodley for 23 Years of Service

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board thanked Tim Woodley for his work in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District over the past 23 years. Tim Woodley is retiring at the end of June, capping a career in the district that included the planning and construction of projects at all 16 West Linn-Wilsonville schools. Tim oversaw several capital construction bonds, including the construction of Sunset Primary and Meridian Creek Middle School most recently, and also served as Operations Director for the better part of his time in WLWV. Tim was instrumental in the district's safety work, including the creation and implementation of the district's Emergency Operations Plan. Thank you, Tim!

School Board Recognizes Class of 2020 One Final Time

Budget Timeline and Upcoming Board Events

June 22 — Budget Committee Work Session

June 24 — Additional Budget Committee Work Session (if needed)

June 29 — Budget Hearing and Adoption

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.