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School board sets goals

Five goals adopted at Monday's West Linn-Wilsonville School Board meeting


The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board adopted five goals for the 2012-13 school year during its Monday meeting. The school board discussed the goals during a retreat Aug. 27 and at a work session before the school board meeting.

Some of the goals are extensions of the work and continued efforts the school board and district set out to achieve last year. Board members said other goals were created in an attempt to think more strategically, more long-term. The school board hopes the district will be able to implement these goals on a daily, if not on an hourly, basis within the classrooms.

“The task of educating kids is amazingly complicated,” Chairman Keith Steele said during the school board retreat. “I believe in my heart that this is the best district in the state and there’s still a lot of work to do. ... This is a never-ending journey and together we can get there.”

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board 2012-13 goals are to:

  • Grow student achievement through the use of high-leverage instructional strategies that raise rigor for all students while simultaneously closing achievement gaps.

  • Align systems of accountability, assessment and evaluation to support the West Linn-Wilsonville vision of excellence.

  • Manage facilities and long-range planning to optimize the student learning environment and the stewardship of assets.

  • Cultivate new and grow existing community partnerships in support of the district vision and values of excellence in education.

  • Recognize, discover, communicate and celebrate the progress and accomplishments of staff toward achieving the district vision of excellence in education.

    These are bigger guiding principals, and many are multiyear, said Dale Hoogestraat, vice chairman of the school board.

    “We want you to make ground this year, but we realize we are probably not going to fulfill every piece of the goals this year. But we want to be on a track to work toward these goals,” he said.

    School board member Betty Reynolds said the board and district administration will work together in developing work sessions and panels to measure achievement and ensure the goals are “smart, attainable, realistic and time-bound.”

    Superintendent Bill Rhoades said the school district is up to the challenge.

    “We enjoy that a compelling vision for the district has been established,” Rhoades said during the school board retreat. “The notion of achieving unprecedented results is what floats the boat of the people that work in this school district. We get excited about trying to achieve the results that are unprecedented and better than anyone else around.”