WLWV School Board Briefs

May 4, 2021

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, May 3. The following are highlights from that meeting.

Staff, Superintendent, and School Board Collectively Make Commitment to 5 Day, Fully In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig outlined the district's shared commitment to starting the 2021-22 school year with all students attending in-person five full days per week. The District has already begun the hiring process for the 2021-22 school year, and schools are well into the class placement and course selection process for the fall.


The School Board unanimously passed a motion during the May 3 meeting confirming the School Board and School District's commitment to starting the 2021-22 school year with a fully in-person 5 day per week schedule.


The District's plans for the fall full return to in-person learning is contingent on guidance and requirements from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority.

District Announces Chinese Dual Language Program

West Linn-Wilsonville Staff provided the Board with an exciting update during the May 3, meeting, announcing the implementation of a Chinese Dual Language Program starting in the 2022-23 school year. The Chinese Dual Language Program is an extension of the District's existing Spanish Dual Language Program, and is informed by recent studies conducted by Portland Public Schools and the University of Oregon among other research.


The District will provide families with more information about the Chinese Dual Language Program in the coming weeks and months.

Budget Committee Receives 2021-22 Proposed Budget, Budget Message

The West Linn-Wilsonville Budget Committee convened for the first time in 2020-21, receiving the Proposed Budget and Budget Message from Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig.


The 2021-22 Budget was created based on a $9.3 billion State School Fund biennium. While an increase from the past biennium, it is not enough to accommodate "roll up" costs to maintain current programs and personnel, including payroll increases, increases in PACE insurance due to COVID-19 risks, and increases to PERS (Public Employee Retirement System). Interested community members can review the proposed budget and learn more about the budget landscape by watching the District's 2021-22 Budget Information Video.


Chief Financial Officer Son Le Hughes and Superintendent Ludwig presented a proposed budget that is both balanced and conservative, with consideration of the remaining unknowns at the state level. The Proposed Budget was built with community input and feedback in mind.


The Budget Committee will reconvene for a Budget Hearing on May 17. Meeting information can be found on the District Website.

Board Recognizes Teachers, School Nursing Team, Student Presenters, Local Partners

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The School Board took time to recognize several student, staff, and community groups during the May 3 meeting.


School Nurses have always been a crucial component to West Linn-Wilsonville Schools. Their role in schools only increased in importance this school year with the implementation of many health and safety protocols, contact tracing, and much more. The School Board recognized the district's seven nurses during the May 3 meeting, thanking them for their invaluable work during this unique school year.


The School Board also District Teachers and Staff for National Staff Appreciation Week. Board Members shared personal stories of their own experiences with District Staff, thanking them for their work this school year.


The Board thanked high school students Michelle Quinn, Cole Peters, and Sophie Wheeler for providing regular updates at meetings this school year, presenting each with a commemorative plaque. Lastly, the Board recognized the BeeLine Foundation, a local organization that has been providing many different resources to community members in need during the pandemic. Watch the full Board Video to review these recognitions.

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Board Authorizes District Participation in Oregon Education Districts Pension Bond Program

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board authorized the District to participate in the Oregon Education Districts Pension Bond Program. The resolution came after the Board engaged in multiple information sessions with District staff, financial consultants, and pension bond experts. The Board Action allows for the District to engage with the Oregon Education Districts Pension Bond Program, potentially saving future costs relating to PERS (Public Employee Retirement System). The District most recently went out for a PERS Bond in 2004, capturing more than $11 million in savings.


The full memo and resolution can be found in the online agenda.

Other Reports

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


  • Financial Report
  • Consent Agenda, including approved meeting minutes from past meetings, the Board Hire List, and a resolution for the purchase of technology
  • Board Video

Upcoming Events

May 17 — Budget Committee Meeting: The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board and Budget Committee will hold a public work session on Monday, May 17, beginning at 5 p.m. The Board and Budget Committee will hold this meeting in person and interested members of the public are asked to join virtually to abide by social distancing requirements.


May 19 — Budget Committee Meeting (if needed): The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board and Budget Committee will hold a public work session on Wednesday, May 19, beginning at 5 p.m. if needed. The Board and Budget Committee will hold this meeting in person and interested members of the public are asked to join virtually to abide by social distancing requirements.


June 7 — Regular Board Meeting (Budget Adoption): The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 7, beginning at 6 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.

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.