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School board approves new committees

Lake Oswego School Board members okayed the creation Monday of Facilities Advisory, Fundraising Equity and Safety and Technology committees. The three temporary committees will help shape policy on facilities, donation parity and security improvements.

  • The six-person-maximum Facilities Advisory Committee will provide recommendations to the board on actions involving the district’s recent real estate study and other facilities issues. The study, completed earlier this year, involved determining the value of schools and assessing needed facilities repairs. The study showed that there is more than $24 million in deferred priority maintenance needed at elementary and junior high schools.

    The committee will be appointed Oct. 6, and the group will meet October to December. The administrator responsible for the group is Stuart Ketzler, executive director of finance. Application information will be released Friday.

  • The nine-person-maximum Safety and Technology Committee will look at school security issues and related tech improvements at local schools. This would include discussion about issues such as whether to add more security cameras to schools.

    The committee will be appointed Nov. 3; the group will meet November to March, with a presentation due to the board in February. The administrator responsible for the group is Joe Morelock, executive director of secondary education. Application details will be released Oct. 17.

  • The 12-person-maximum Fundraising Equity Committee will focus on how to maintain parity among schools when one school gets more donations than another. In November 2013, for example, Lake Oswego High received a pledge from local resident Charley Cobb of up to $600,000, and he since has offered more.

    The committee, which will include one person from each school and two at-large positions, will be appointed Oct. 6. The group will meet October to December. LOSD Superintendent Heather Beck and Sara Patinkin, executive director of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, will be responsible for this committee.

    The committee selection process will be announced Friday.

    The application deadline for the Facilities Advisory Committee and the Fundraising Equity Committee will be Sept. 26. For more information on the new committees, contact LOSD Communications Director Nancy Duin at 503-534-2312 or duinn@loswego.k12.or.us or visit www.edline.net/pages/Lake_Oswego_School_District.

    Also at the Monday meeting:

    n The board voted in favor of the Palisades Neighborhood Association’s use of a $9,800 grant from the City of Lake Oswego to install outdoor artwork near the ceramics department at Lakeridge High School. The Lake Oswego School Board must approve capital projects that cost more than $5,000, regardless of the funding source. Palisades Neighborhood Association Chairman Rick Eilers said the art installation is the neighborhood’s gift to the school. The look of the installation is yet to be determined, but the project is slated for completion in November.

    n The board heard a presentation on how it would go about issuing the capital improvement bond now under consideration, and board members listened to a presentation from teachers’ union representatives who said they’d like to see an end to blended classes and furlough days.

    By Jillian Daley
    503-636-1281, ext. 109
    email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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