WLWV School Board Briefs

December 3, 2019

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 2. The following are highlights from that meeting.

To watch video of the night's meeting, please visit the district website.

Athey Creek Middle School Principal Joel Sebastian Recognized

The School Board honored Athey Creek Principal Joel Sebastian during the Dec. 2 meeting following his recent recognition from the Wholistic Peace Institute. Principal Sebastian received the Wholistic Peace Institute’s Peace Educator of the Year Award on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Mr. Sebastian was recognized alongside distinguished students and teachers from across Oregon for their work in making their local communities and the world a better and more peaceful place. During the ceremony at Leslie Middle School in Salem, Mr. Sebastian was presented with the prestigious award for the great work taking place at Athey Creek Middle School. Among other peace-centered projects, Athey Creek Middle School works closely with two sister schools in the Republic of Korea, located in Daegu and Ulsan. The central purpose of the exchange program is to build a bridge of understanding between the two countries and student populations, with students traveling back and forth between the two countries.

The Board thanked Principal Sebastian for his hard work in such an important subject, pointing to the district's mission of creating learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people for the world.

Three Members Appointed to District's Budget Committee

The School Board appointed three new members to the West Linn-Wilsonville Budget Committee during the Dec. 2 meeting. The Board filled three vacancies from a pool of five applicants.

"I want to acknowledge that we have an embarrassment of riches. We have five tremendous applicants and only three positions to fill," said Director Dylan Hydes. "Thank you to our community members for volunteering their time for this important position. You've made it a hard decision for us to make."

The Board appointed Hui Xie to Position 2, Emily Teixeira to Position 3, and Ahsan Ahmed to Budget Committee Position 5. Position 2 is a one-year term and positions 3 and 5 are two-year terms. New members join Craig Nelson and Kirsten Wyatt to round out the five-member committee, which works with the School Board to review and approve the budget for each school year. Learn more on the district website.

School Board Calls 2019 Bond and Local Option Election, Appoints Long Range Planning Committee as Bond Oversight Committee

By approving three concurrent resolutions during the Dec. 2 Board meeting, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board determined November 5 election results, authorized the issuance and sale of GO bonds, and assigned the Board-appointed Long Range Planning Committee as the district's Bond Oversight Committee.

Election results from the Nov. 5 Election showed Measure 3-554, the district's $206.8 million Capital Bond, passed with 60 percent of votes. Measure 3-555, the district's Local Option Levy renewal, passed with 70 percent of votes. In total, 41.67 percent of registered voters voted in the November 5 Election.

The Bond Oversight Committee will meet regularly for the purpose of providing oversight of Capital Bond Management. The Bond Oversight Committee will actively monitor and regularly report to the Board on the progress of the 2019 bond program. Responsibilities include ensuring bond revenues are used for purposes consistent with the Long Range Plan and Measure 3-554; they will meet at least quarterly to review expenditure reports, project plans, and progress reports; and communicate key 2019 Capital Bond progress and information to community stakeholders.

To learn more about 2019 bond progress, please visit the district website.

District Presents Continuous Improvement Plan, Student Success Act Update

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District presented a draft of the district's Continuous Improvement Plan, which will be submitted to the Oregon Department of Education this week as part of the Student Success Act's Student Investment Account required processes.

In May, the Oregon Legislature and the Governor signed the Student Success Act (HB 3427). The new law provides funding, in the form of a grant, to all Oregon schools. The funds must be used to increase student outcomes by addressing five specific areas of importance: reducing academic disparities, meeting students' mental and/or behavioral health needs, providing equitable access to academic courses, allowing teachers and staff sufficient time to collaborate and review student data and develop strategies to support all students, and establishing strong partnerships for student achievement.

The district spent November conducting a needs assessment by engaging the West Linn-Wilsonville community, with an emphasis on members of historically underserved groups. The district conducted small focus groups, one-on-one phone calls, targeted/facilitated surveys, surveys of 300 high school students, large staff surveys, and two community forums among other outreach.

The district used needs assessment feedback to inform the Continuous Improvement Plan, which will be part of the Student Investment Account grant application.

To review the presentation of the CIP, please watch video of the Dec. 2 meeting or review the below presentation.

Upcoming Events

Professional Growth Wednesday: December 4 — There will be a Professional Growth, Early Release Wednesday on Dec. 4 for all levels. School will dismiss two hours early.

Winter Break: December 23-January 6 — There will be no school from Dec. 23 through Jan. 6 in observance of winter break. School will resume for all levels on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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.