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School board addresses instructional schedules

In addition to a decision to reject all construction bids on the Lakeridge High School stadium project — detailed in a story in The Review’s May 8 edition — the Lake Oswego School Board took on other major topics at its May 6 meeting.

n The board reviewed administrators’ recommendations on K-12 schedules in the 2014-15 school year, which included additional early release times: a bi-monthly early release time of 1:20 p.m. at elementary schools, a 2:05 p.m. weekly early release time at middle schools and no early release time for the high schools. Regular release times are 2:40 p.m. at high schools, 2:49 p.m. at middle schools and 3:25 p.m. at elementary schools. The teachers want the extra time during the early release days to analyze what areas their students need to improve to better understand Common Core State Standards and to better prepare them for Common Core’s corresponding new state tests, Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Oregon Department of Education Board soon will be determining whether to grant a waiver to allow Lake Oswego high schools to hold off on implementing new instructional hour requirements. If so, next year’s schedule, as administrators recommended, will remain the same, Superintendent Bill Korach said.

n Tuition fees won’t change, but the Lake Oswego School Board approved increases to some school fees effective in the 2014-15 school year, including food service fees, last increased in 2008, and pool fees, last increased in 2010. Daily admission to the pool for resident students rose from $5.50 to $6, a one-month individual pass went from $92 to $101 and there were other changes to pool fees. Among the changes to food service fees were that secondary school lunch and breakfast each increased by 25 cents to $3.75 and $2.25, respectively.

n The school board looked over a draft of the 2014-15 school calendar, which continued the practice of three furlough days (unpaid days off) for teachers, during which schools will be closed. Next school year’s furlough days currently are scheduled as Nov. 26 in 2014 and March 20 and May 26 in 2015. Other big dates on the draft calendar are: first day of school, Sept. 2; winter break, Dec. 22 to Jan. 2; spring break, March 23 to 27; and last day, June 10.

n Board members granted the early graduation requests of three sophomores who want to receive diplomas at the end of junior year in June 2015. Two students attend Lakeridge High and one attends Lake Oswego High.

n The board approved several School Advisory Committee appointments with one or more new appointees to each committee at all local schools and the Talented and Gifted program. The board also OK’d committee resignations.

n The school board recognized teachers’ contributions in honor of National Teacher Appreciation week, May 5 to 9, and National Teacher Day and Oregon Teacher Day, both on May 6. The board chairwoman gave the school district’s Proclamation of National Teacher Appreciation Week and a small present to Laura Paxson Kluthe, president of the Lake Oswego Education Association, to share with other teachers.

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