Stoops' Scoop

May 14, 2020- Edition 11

District Vision

We provide exceptional educational experiences that inspire, challenge and prepare each student to achieve personal and academic success.

School District Moves Budget Meeting to Monday, June 1st

The first meeting of the Mt. Angel SD Budget Committee has been moved to June 1, 2020. The second meeting which also includes public hearing is scheduled for June 9, 2020 prior to the Regular June Board Meeting. Both budget meetings begin at 6:00 pm and will be held via ZOOM Meetings. A public login link will be posted prior to the meeting.

Board Approves 5 Furlough Days

To help with balancing the budget for the 2020-2021 school year, Mt. Angel Board Members unanimously approved a reduction in the 2019-2020 school year by 5 contract days. Mt. Angel Teacher's Association (MTA) approved the change with a 96% vote. Beginning Friday, May 15, furlough day we be every Friday for the remainder of the school year. With this change the last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 10, 2020 and the last day for staff is Thursday, June 11, 2020.

District Prepares for Decreased Revenue in 2020-2021 School Year

At the regular board meeting on May 11th, school board members were presented with the budget outlook for the 2020-2021 school year. The district will have a $482,330 reduced end fund balance at the end of this year. In addition, the state is recommending a 17% reduction for next year, another $385,026. The revenue forecast on May 20 will likely determine if school districts will get funds for their SIA plans. For Mt. Angel SD this is an additional $670,000 in revenue intended to support the activities outlined in the district SIA plan. SIA funding statewide will be dependent on the state collection of the new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) revenue.

Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

As the school year enters into the last four weeks of a historical year, there are still many uncertainties about what school will look like next Fall. School Districts expect to about initial guidance for next year in the first week of June. For now we are planning for students to keep their Chromebooks over the summer. This will allow students to continue independently over the summer if they choose to. As further information and guidance is available from the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education, the district will communicate the information to students and parents.

District Family Survey Results

About 180 families completed the April Mt. Angel School District Family Survey. Thank you for your feedback and input on Distance Learning for All, it continues to guide our work supporting you with distance learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Overwhelming, families reported that we care about your students (97% agree/strongly agree), are working to understand your needs during the closure (92% agree/strongly agree), and know where to go to get information (91% agree/strongly agree). Building-level data was reviewed by our district and school leadership teams, and we continue to use this information to improve our communication and services. 80-86% of families reported that you’d prefer no change in the frequency of district and building communication. We will continue to provide weekly building updates through school newsletters, and district updates as needed.

Thank you for partnering with us to make Distance Learning successful.

School Board Approves Student Investment Act (SIA) Application

At their regular board meeting on May 11th the board approved the SIA plan for 2020-2021 school year without knowing if any funds will be received for the plan. The district has spent the last year surveying staff, parents, students and community members to develop and prioritize programs and activities to support staff and students. The highest priorities include instructional supports in reading and math, and behavior/social-emotional supports for staff and students. Districts across the state are waiting for the State Revenue Forecast scheduled to be released on May 20th. Once the forecast is released the Governor will determine the level of funding for schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Mt. Angel Schools Provide Meals during Closure and Summer

Mt. Angel School District continues to provide 3000+ meals to local families each week. Free and healthy "Grab-n-Go" breakfast/lunches are available for children and teens between the ages of 1 – 18 years old. Students and/or families can stop by St. Mary’s Public Elementary School located at 590 E. College Street in Mt. Angel between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Monday -Friday. Food boxes can be delivered on Mondays by request. The final day for the food box program will be June 8th. The "Grab-n-Go" breakfast/lunch program will continue through August 21st. If you have any question, please contact Gayle Schmidt at 503.845.2345.