WLWV School Board Briefs

April 6, 2021

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, April 5. The following are highlights from that meeting.

WLWV Receives Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association recently announced that the West Linn-Wilsonville School District has received GFOA's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting on March 26. The Board recognized the district's Business Office as well as WLWV students who helped to make the award a reality.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. In order to be eligible for the PAFR award, a government must also submit its comprehensive annual financial report to GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program for the current fiscal year. Each eligible report is reviewed by judges who evaluate the report based on the following categories: reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, creativity and other elements.

The school district's business office worked with Evergreen State Graduate Student Joshua Fike and WLWV high school students to create a report that met the PAFR standards. Wilsonville High School students Khoa Bui and Kate Jeffries joined West Linn High School's Kendall MacDonald to engage in the project as part of a Internship through CREST. In addition to earning the prestigious award, the process informed district practices in putting together budget reports moving forward into the future.

Board Recognizes Clackamas ESD Superintendent Jada Rupley

The Board recognized Clackamas ESD Superintendent Jada Rupley, who recently announced she will be retiring later this year. Jada has served the Clackamas ESD and the West Linn-Wilsonville for more than five years. She thanked the Board while also recognizing WLWV Art Students participating in this year's Clackamas ESD Regional Virtual Art Show.

Board Receives Information about Recent Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance

Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig provided the Board with information about a recent update to Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance on March 22. Of particular note, updated guidance included a revision of 6 feet required distancing to 3 feet for students in several circumstances.

The District is currently researching the feasibility of implementing the new guidance this school year to see whether or not it would be possible to return to a 5 day per week in-person learning schedule. While the new guidance includes 3 feet of distance for students in the classroom, 6 feet of distance is still required in hallways, during arrival and dismissal, in libraries, while eating, in band, choir, and PE courses, and in other instances during the school day. There are many challenges the district would still need to work through before any change to the Hybrid Model would be implemented.

To view the full presentation, please access Boardbook or download the pdf below. To watch video of the April 5 meeting, please visit the district website.

Board Engages in First Reading of Pension Bond Program

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board engaged in a first reading of a resolution that would authorize the District to participate in the Oregon Education Districts Pension Bond Program. The Board will wait for further information from consultants before taking possible action at a future meeting.

The Oregon Education Districts Pension Bond Program would allow the District to issue revenue bonds to finance pension liability for potential long-term savings.

Read the full memo in the Board Meeting Agenda.

Other Reports

To view memos and information for other reports, please visit Board Book. Other Reports include:

  • Financial Report
  • Bond Resolution: Auditorium Addition at Wilsonville High School Project Contractor Qualification
  • Board Video

Upcoming Events

April 19 — School Board Work Session: The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will hold a public work session on Monday, April 19, beginning at 5 p.m. The Board will hold this meeting in person and interested members of the public are asked to join virtually to abide by social distancing requirements.

April 22 — Last Day of Q3: April 22 is the last day of Quarter 3 for middle and high school students. There is no school on Friday, April 23.

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.