WLWV School Board Briefs

November 5, 2019

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a regular meeting on Monday, November 4. The following are select highlights from that meeting.

School District Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 26th-Straight Year

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) in September and the School Board recognized the prestigious award during the Nov. 4 meeting. Awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association, the award was given for the District's comprehensive annual financial report. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, awarded to school districts who go above and beyond to demonstrate transparent communication in school district finances.

West Linn-Wilsonville was one of just 538 school districts across the nation to receive the CAFR last year, and one of 21 school districts in the State of Oregon.

"This award is only given to school districts that demonstrate full transparency in their financial practices," said Director Dylan Hydes. "This award indicates the district goes above the minimum requirements in an effort of transparency for our community and to educate our citizens on our governmental finances. To receive this award 26 straight years is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to our business office."

WLWV Chief Financial Officer Dr. Son Le Hughes gave credit to her staff, and thanked the entire school district for the recognition.

"This award is really a credit to the whole school district," said Dr. Hughes. "I want to thank our department leaders and principals for working so well with our team to ensure we have what we need to work effectively."

Board Opens Three Vacancies on Budget Committee — Interested Community Members Can Apply Now!

The West Linn-Wilsonville Budget Committee has three vacancies on its five-member budget committee following the completion of terms. Budget Committee members work with the School Board to review and approve the budget for each school year. Budget Committee members are asked to attend 5-6 evening meetings in the spring to review the proposed budget.

Budget Committee Members are appointed by the School Board. To apply, or re-apply, please visit the Business Office website to fill out and submit to the West Linn-Wilsonville Business Office by mail, fax, or email.

Thank you to Budget Committee Members Jim Kamikawa, Jeff Hallin, and Stephen Owen for your service to the district the past three years!

How Do We Know We're Making a Difference: The Use of Data to Make Improvements

West Linn-Wilsonville Staff provided information during the Nov. 5 meeting highlighting many of the important areas where the school district tracks and uses data in measuring student achievement. In addition to Smarter Balanced and State Report Card Data that helps inform programmatic decisions at the district or school level, school leaders rely heavily on interim and formative assessments to monitor learning growth and optimize outcomes for all students.

Staff continuously fine-tune district and school work plans throughout the school year, centered around areas where indicators from District and School Report Cards show need for improvement.

In particular, the Big 5 indicators of student learning in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District include:

  1. Graduation and 9th Grade On Track
  2. Growth over the school year: MAP (interim assessments) growth K-8
  3. Attendance and Engagement
  4. Course of study and co-curricular participation
  5. Social-Emotional learning progress: persistence, collaboration and relationships skills, self-management, decision-making

Watch the complete presentation on the district website.

School Board Thanks Local Partner Athey Creek Christian Fellowship Church

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The School Board thanked members of Athey Creek Christian Fellowship Church for their ongoing partnership with the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. For the past several years, the church has donated their building for the district's quarterly joint-safety meetings, where local safety partners collaborate on various safety and security tabletop exercises. Joint safety sessions allow the district, first responders, and other local safety agencies the opportunity to improve safety practices across the district.

Upcoming Events

Election Day: November 5 — Tuesday, Nov. 5 is the last day to turn in ballots for the November Election. Don't forget to vote!

Veteran's Day, NO SCHOOL: November 11 — There is no school on Monday, Nov. 11 in recognition of Veteran's Day.

Long Range Planning Committee Meeting: November 13 — The West Linn-Wilsonville Long Range Planning Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.

NO SCHOOL: November 25-29 — There is no school during the week of Thanksgiving from Nov. 25-29. Monday, Nov. 25 is a Staff Development Day and Tuesday, Nov. 26 is a Certified Work Day.

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.