WLWV School Board Briefs

June 12, 2019

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, June 10. The following are select highlights from that meeting.

School Board Adopts 2019-20 Budget

During the June 10 meeting, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board adopted the 2019-20 proposed budget as recommended by the Budget Committee.

All school boards are required to adopt budgets by June 30, and Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig informed the Board that future adjustments to the budget will likely be required as state funding is further finalized.

Further information, including a message from Dr. Ludwig regarding the 2019-20 budget, will be sent to families via ListServ in the coming days.

Local Option Levy Proposed Ballot Language Approved for November, 2019 Election

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board officially announced that the District will go out for a renewal of its Local Option Levy during the November 2019 Election by approving the required ballot title, caption, question, and summary.

The Local Option Levy currently provides funding for approximately 80 teachers in the District. The renewal of $1.50 tax per $1,000 of assessed value for general operations for five years beginning in 2020-21 will allow the District to maintain those teachers currently funded by the Local Option Tax. The Local Option Tax Levy was last passed by West Linn-Wilsonville voters in 2014 and is set to expire following the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Long Range Plan Part 2, Capital Improvement Program Approved, Board Turns Attention to Possible 2019 Capital Bond

Operations Director Tim Woodley presented the Long Range Plan Part 2, including the Capital Improvement Program. The Board Approved Long Range Plan Part 1 in January, outlining the District's mission, vision, values, programs that shape schools, and initiatives that build resilient schools.

Part 2 outlines the Capital Improvement Program, identifying facility needs, timing and sequence, and specific capital improvement projects needed over the next 10 years across the district.

Following approval of the Long Range Plan Part 2, the Board engaged in the first reading of 2019 Capital Bond Proposed Ballot Language. A second and final reading will occur in August after the District has learned whether a matching grant will be received from the State.

Three Rivers Charter School Contract Renewed

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved the Three Rivers Charter School Renewal, spanning from 2019-2024. TRCS Administrator Nic Chapin presented a recap of the 2018-19 school year, highlighting student successes and school initiatives into the future. The School Board thanked Three Rivers staff, board members, and students for their hard work and for their strong partnership with the school district.

Classified Staff Contract Ratified, Approved by School Board

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved a two-year WLWV Oregon School Employees Association Classified Staff Contract during the June 10 meeting.

Of note, the two-year contract includes a Cost of Living Amount (COLA) increase of 2.5 percent in each of the next two years, an increase in the premium insurance cap, and a salary step process adjustment that better reflects years of service and meets minimum wage standards. The Board thanked WLWV OSEA President Mary Hanks on behalf of all West Linn-Wilsonville classified staff during the June 10 presentation.

Three Community Members Appointed to Long Range Planning Committee Vacancies

The Board appointed Samy Nada to Position 6, Doris Wehler to Position 4, and Julie Miller to Position 2 of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District's Long Range Planning Committee on June 10. Mr. Nada will be serving his second three-year term with the LRPC while Ms. Wehler has served on the committee since 2001. Ms. Miller is a first-time Long Range Planning Committee appointee, bringing a fresh perspective to this important group.

The Long Range Planning Committee is a seven-member citizen committee responsible for guiding the development of the Long Range Plan, that provides a rational framework for evaluating and addressing future school facility needs as the West Linn and Wilsonville areas grow.

School Board Discusses Policy Changes

The School Board adopted Oregon School Board Association-recommended policy updates for Policy JECBD and Policy GCBDC. The Board also discussed Policy KL with plans to discuss Policy GBNA and Policy JFCF at a future meeting. To view the Board discussion involving policy, community members can review video of the June 10 meeting on the District Website. Video of Monday's meeting will be uploaded by June 14, 2019.

Board Director Betty Reynolds Recognized for Service to WLWV School District

Monday, June 10 was the last School Board meeting for Director Betty Reynolds as a member of the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Dr. Reynolds served two terms on the Board and has been a volunteer and advocate of the District's for longer than that. Thank you, Dr. Reynolds for your many years of service and for your dedicated commitment to West Linn-Wilsonville students!

Board Gives Annual Superintendent's Evaluation

Vice Chair Dylan Hydes gave the Superintendent's Evaluation during the June 10 meeting. Following discussion, the School Board awarded the Superintendent with a 3-year contract.

About West Linn-Wilsonville

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