WLWV School Board Briefs

November 10, 2020

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board hosted a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. The following are select highlights from that meeting.

No School or Meal Service Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Pick Up an Extra Meal Today!

There will be no school or meal service on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. Families are encouraged to pick up meals for Tuesday and Wednesday at any of our school or bus stop locations.

Board Engages with Capital Bond Gender Neutral Restroom Project Information

The 2019 Capital Bond includes the building of new Gender Neutral, Single Occupancy
Restrooms for several schools in the district, including West Linn High School, Wood Middle School, Wilsonville High School, and Athey Creek Middle School.

In planning restrooms, the bond project team, district staff, and the architectural team for each project are in the process of using research about restrooms in schools, reviewing design plans from schools around the country, consulting with other school districts, and engaging the community to develop a basic plan to be adapted for use at different school sites.

The restroom design process has many stages, with community input playing an important role. District staff presented early thinking regarding Gender Neutral Restroom design during the Nov. 9 meeting, including sample designs and key components highlighted by students and staff from previous focus groups. Nothing has been decided regarding restroom design at this early stage in the process.

The school district will host a public Listening Session regarding Gender Neutral, Single Occupancy Restrooms on Tuesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. The district will provide context through a brief presentation. The community is invited to provide any comment or feedback regarding this topic at that meeting.

The meeting will be held virtually with meeting details found on the district website.

Interested community members can read about the early planning as well as view the Nov. 9 presentation.

Board Adopts 2021-22 Budget Calendar, Opens Budget Committee Vacancy

The School Board adopted the 2021-22 budget calendar during the Nov. 9 meeting. Important Budget Process dates include:

  • March 17 — Budget Committee Member Work Session
  • March 31 — Budget Committee Member Work Session (if needed)
  • May 3 — Superintendent Proposed Budget Message
  • May 17 — First Official Budget Committee Meeting
  • May 19 — Second Budget Committee Meeting (if needed)
  • June 7 — Board Meeting and Budget Adoption

The School Board also opened a vacancy for the district's Budget Committee. Interested community members can learn about the Budget Committee on the district website. To apply, interested community members can fill out an online form to be returned to the business office. Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 30.

Board Conducts First Reading of New Policy ACB "All Students Belong"

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board engaged in a first reading of new Policy ACB — All Students Belong — during the Nov. 9 meeting. The policy has been drafted by Oregon School Board Association following the adoption of a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) on Sept. 17, 2020.

The new policy aims to protect Oregon's most marginalized students, as well as staff and others. The rule and proposed new policy prohibits the "use or display" of symbols of hate, including the noose, swastika, and confederate flag. The proposed policy can be found on the district website.

The Board will engage in a second reading of the policy with possible adoption at an upcoming meeting.

Board Approves Student Investment Account (SIA) Grant

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved the district's Student Investment Account (SIA) Grant Agreement during the Nov. 9 meeting.

The district was budgeted to receive $7.5 million of SIA money when the grant was approved on April 6, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and the related economic impact on the State of Oregon, the SIA Grant award is now estimated at $2.4 million for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

The district will continue to fund portions of the seven SIA strategies and priorities outlined in the district's Continuous Improvement Plan, suspending some strategies pending additional funding in the future.

Read more about those strategies and work taking place in the district by reading the Nov. 9 memo.

Clackamas County Health Metrics

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District continues to monitor health metrics in Clackamas County. The most recent two-week total in Clackamas County was 195.3 cases/100,000.

To see the most recent metrics, as well as the necessary thresholds to transition to hybrid learning, please visit the district website.

Upcoming Events

November 11: Veterans Day (NO SCHOOL) — There will be no school on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day.

November 16: Board Work Session —
The School Board will hold a public work session on Monday, Nov. 16 beginning at 5 p.m.

November 17: Gender Neutral Restroom Listening Session — The district will host a public listening session regarding Gender Neutral Restroom Capital Bond Projects on Tuesday, Nov. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. Meeting details can be found on the district website.

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.