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Voters approved $65 million for Forest Grove School District in 2010

Business manager Mike Schofield used four words to describe progress on a laundry list of bond-funded projects at a Forest Grove School Board meeting Monday night: “We’re in good shape.”

Of the $65.3 million bond measure aproved by voters in November 2010, all but $4.7 million has been spent, Schofield told board members.

“We’ve completed all bond projects at Joseph Gale, Harvey Clarke, and Echo Shaw elementary schools and in the areas of safety and security and technology,” he said. “But there are still projects to complete at the high school and middle school.”

One of the largest categories with projects yet to complete is “deferred maintenance” — the upkeep of building infrastructure.

“We really need to move ahead with this category in the next several months to meet federal requirements,” said Schofield. “Once we start, the money will go quickly. There is nearly $1.9 million allocated to the high school, and $1.1 million to the middle school.”

The balance is distributed to six grade schools, the administration building and to projects such as fixing parking lots and replacing heating system boilers. “These are less attractive than new classrooms,” Schofield said, “but necessary.”

Superintendent Yvonne Curtis gave a second-quarter update on the progress of the district’s strategic plan, which lays out the educational goals of the district and includes such areas as math and reading interventions; ensuring the effectiveness of staff and teachers; the development of online education options; ensuring the cultural competency of staff and teachers; and district officials’ engagement with parents and community members.

“It’s my job to implement this plan,” Curtis said. “We want to equip parents with the skills and knowledge they need to help their children. And we will continue to advocate for stable funding at the county and state levels.”

Fran Scott, area manager for Sodexo, the district’s food supplier, also presented a $1,000 check to the Forest Grove YMCA.

“We are pleased to make this donation,” said Scott. “The ‘Y’ said it will use the funds for its Backpack Program, [which] gives high school students the opportunity to fill a backpack with school supplies.”

Accepting the check was David Pero of the YMCA’s family recreation center.

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