WLWV School Board Briefs

August 17, 2021

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 16. The following are important news and notes from that meeting.

Interested community can watch the video recording of the Aug. 16 meeting on the district website.

School Board Adds Professional Development Day to School Calendar, First Day of School Now Sept. 8

The School Board voted to add a Staff Professional Development Day to the 2021-22 school calendar during the Aug. 16 School Board Meeting. The addition of a Staff Professional Development Day creates changes to the first and last day of school.

  • The first day of school for all schools and grade levels is now Wednesday, Sept. 8.

  • The last day of school for all schools and grade levels is now June 20. As a reminder, the last day of school is subject to change in the event of inclement weather or other necessary calendar adjustments during the school year.

The School Board added the Professional Development Day to give school staff more time to prepare for the coming school year. Staff Development time will allow for school staff to focus on care and connection for students as we prepare for their return to a full five-day per week schedule this fall.

This extra day of planning and preparation will allow staff to:

  • Review social-emotional student survey data (Panorama) from last spring in order to implement strategic systems of care and connection right away;

  • Plan social-emotional lessons designed to support students with transitions, peer relationships and sense of belonging (e.g. Second Steps, School Connect, Sources of Strength);

  • Plan community-building activities to reconnect students to one another, to staff and to their school community (e.g. Circle Forward, Equity by Design); and

  • Provide time to integrate social-emotional routines, rituals, and structures specifically for the first week of school as well as throughout the school year that foster inclusive and equitable learning communities (e.g. 7 Components).

Board Approves Land Purchase — District Plans for Additional Parking at West Linn High School

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board authorized the district to execute a Purchase and Sale Agreement between the District and New Life Church River Falls for property located at 5509 W A Street and 1923 McKillican Street, directly across the street from West Linn High School and directly adjacent to the existing visitor parking lot.

The property will be used to add additional parking to the visitor's lot for use during the school day and during school activities. More information about the piece of property can be found in the online meeting agenda.

District, Long Range Planning Committee Provide 2019 Capital Bond Program Quarterly Report

Capital Construction Program Manager Remo Douglas and Long Range Planning Committee Member Mary Pettenger presented the Quarter 2 Report for the 2019 Capital Bond.

Ms. Pettenger shared her experience walking the Wilsonville High School campus with the Bond team to see project progress of the schools new Performing Arts Auditorium first-hand. Mr. Douglas provided a brief overview for current project updates. Important highlights from the quarterly report included:

  • More than 40% of current funding, $91.2 million, has been committed to projects
  • The Bond Management Team remains confident in completing all bond projects within available funds.
  • The third option high school project construction has started.
  • The forecasted over/under for the program was reduced by $2.2 million since the last quarterly report. Bid results and progress on projects reduced financial risk for several projects, allowing funds to shift to cover the Wilsonville High School Auditorium Project.
  • Learning with Technology projects are underway.

The full Quarter 2 Report can be found on the district website.

School Board Appoints Two New Members to Long Range Planning Committee

The School Board appointed two members to vacancies on the district's Long Range Planning Committee.

Selecting from an impressive pool of candidates, the Board selected Kim Jordan to fill Position 3 and Amy Paterson Sandie to fill Position 5. Both positions are three year terms. Kim Jordan previously served on the Long Range Planning Committee. Amy Paterson Sandie is new to the Long Range Planning Committee

The Long Range Planning Committee is a seven member citizen committee responsible for guiding the development of the Long Range Plan, that provides a rational framework for evaluating and addressing future school facility needs as the West Linn and Wilsonville areas grow. Learn more by visiting the district website.

Board Approves PERS Bond Budget for 2021-22 School Year

In May, the Board authorized the district to participate in the Oregon Education District Pension Bond Program Series 2021, a program that could reduce PERS-related costs for the District. The District participated in a pooled sale of pension bonds with 22 other Oregon school districts on July 22.

Chief Financial Officer Son Le Hughes provided an overview of the pension bond program and the district's decision to opt in. The Board voted to allocate funds from the bond program to applicable areas in the 2021-22 budget. To learn more, access the memo in Boardbook.

Upcoming Events

September 8 — First Day of School for All Grades

September 13 — Regular School Board Meeting

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.