Meeting Highlights - May 15, 2017
2014 Bond Program Update
Despite continuing wet weather, all three new school construction projects remain on track to open for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
The second and final sale of bonds has produced a bond premium of about $30 million. That puts the Bond Program Reserve plus Project Contingencies at more than $70 million.
Bond Accountability Committee Report
BAC Chair Hal Bergsma reported that the Committee feels confident that the proper cost controls and measures are in place, and requested to reduce the frequency of meetings. The BAC requested to meet six times next year, instead of 12, and Board members agreed.
Committee members are satisfied that bond revenues are being used for the purposes consistent with the voter-approved bond measure and with state law.
The BAC recommends Bond Program Reserve Funds should not be spent on new projects for the next few years, due to expected increases in labor costs. The Committee also recommends money from the program reserve should be set aside to acquire a second elementary school site in the South Cooper Mountain area, if determined to be needed. If, in a few years, is is determined that new projects could be funded from the Bond Program Reserve, the BAC recommends the District engage the public in a process to define and weigh criteria to determine priorities before focusing on specific projects. Read the report...
- Providing quality, consistent feedback to about student progress to parents and students
- Concerns about enforcement of student dress codes
- Safe Routes to School
- The budget for the 2017-2018 school year
Sexton Mountain Elementary School
Clemens-Brower highlighted the success of the school's Walking School Bus and Planting Seeds programs. The Walking School Bus encourages students to walk together to school weekly. Planting Seeds provides backpacks of food to families in need. Clemens-Brower said the goal of both programs is to make them sustainable and replicable in other schools throughout the District.
Improving scores in Reading has been a major focus for staff. With support from the Multilingual Department and the Instructional Innovation Department, teacher teams are able to meet monthly for professional development in English Language Arts and English Language Development. Clemens-Brower says she is looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year, when teachers will have more time to collaborate during Wednesday early release.
Clemens-Brower noted successes in reading growth for many students due to these increased efforts. Read the report...
Beaverton High School
Beavertronics Robotics Team
Certified CFO Award
Sexton Mountain Elementary School
Public Health Ambassador Award - Walking School Bus
Bonny Slope ES & Stoller MS
Oregon Battle of the Books State Champions
School of Science & Technology
U.S. News & World Report #1 Ranking School in Oregon
Individual School Board Member Comments
Board Member LeeAnn Larsen also encouraged voter participation and encouraged the community to keep up the pressure on the legislature in regard to the the State School Fund.
Board Member Susan Greenberg attended an informational evening at Beaverton High School for Spanish-speaking parents about the repercussions of deportation. Susan also attended the Vose Elementary School Fun Run.
Board Member Donna Tyner attended a media tour of Mountainside High School.
Board Member Eric Simpson attended the Cedar Mill Elementary School Science Fair.
Directors: Anne Bryan (Chair), Becky Tymchuk (Vice Chair), Susan Greenberg,
LeeAnn Larsen, Eric Simpson, Donna Tyner
Beaverton School District
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