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Board OKs strategic plan

District now has plans in place for security, facilities and instruction


Lake Oswego School Board members unanimously approved a revised strategic plan Monday that will shape how the school district approaches security, facilities improvements and instruction. Beck

“It’s a living, breathing road map for us, and it is beginning to take shape in terms of our priorities,” said Heather Beck, the recently hired LOSD superintendent. The three-year plan will be revisited and updated as goals are met and needs change, she said.

The board okayed a draft plan Aug. 6, asking Beck and district staff to update it and bring it back for review this week. The final version lays out specific actions that must be taken within certain time periods, based on a priority list that includes developing “a vision for safe and updated facilities, space utilization and enrollment changes” and improving students’ educational achievement.

The plan now calls for the formation of a committee to study technology, facilities and safety changes; the commitee would also be charged with setting target dates for uniform security and safety upgrades. In addition, the plan says goals for future exams will be based on advanced-placement tests and state standardized testing scores, and it details which benchmarks the district will use to set those goals. Goals also will be set to evaluate Spanish-immersion programs.

Board member John Wendland said the plan will help the board shape its expectations for Beck — and vice versa.

“I want to make sure that we’re comfortable as a board with how we’re going to evaluate you on these things,” Wendland told Beck.Wendland

The board set a timeline Monday for the superintendent’s performance evaluations. Beck will have a mid-year review in January, and a final evaluation in June.

In the meantime, the board gave her a “road map” to follow:

Instruction

All 10 schools will have plans to increase student achievement in the 2014-15 school year.

Five schools will pilot instructional rounds in 2014-15, and all schools will have them the following year. Instructional rounds involve teachers observing colleagues and offering feedback.

Schools must set goals using the benchmark of the previous year’s scores on state standardized and advanced-placement exams.

Security

Safety standards must be developed by the end of September, and a new safety committee must meet by the end of October “to offer input on safety processes and prioritization.”

LOSD facilities must meet “uniform safety and security standards.” The executive director of human resources will be tasked with collecting documentation in January and June to allow her to plan ongoing safety trainings and drills. Schools will hold drills for fires or other threats (such as a gunman or interloping cougar). There must be clear assignments for personnel and debriefing after drills.

Facilities

The strategic plan calls for reports on facilities’ conditions and sets goals for developing more-efficient use of building space. The reports are due in October.

The board will assess whether physical changes to buildings are needed and determine how to acquire funds for them.

The board established a Facilities Advisory Committee, which will include members with expertise in construction and engineering. For now, the group’s been charged with evaluating a real estate study and pending projects.

The study, completed earlier this year, is designed to inform the board’s decision about which buildings to sell. Three elementary schools — Bryant, Palisades and Uplands — were shuttered earlier this year and now are being used for other purposes. The study details maintenance that needs to be done at elementary schools and junior highs, and it provides property value estimates for elementary schools and Lakeridge Junior High, which is using Bryant Elementary School’s gym and offices.

The committee also could take on the assessment of technology and safety/security changes to buildings — or that could be the work of another group.

Beck and her staff will look at the impact on facilities of enrollment, which could change based on space limitations and district and state mandates, such as the statewide implementation of full-day kindergarten. In addition, elementary school boundaries could be redrawn. Their first report is due in November.


By Jillian Daley
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