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School district examines budget, achievement compacts

The school board will meet again Nov. 5


The West Linn-Wilsonville School District has begun its budget development process for the 2012-2013 school year. The school board addressed the budget at its Oct. 15 work session meeting and the topic will be addressed again during the Nov. 5 school board meeting.

“We want the community to be involved in the budgetary process and in helping students achieve their highest potential,” said Doug Middlestetter, business manager for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

In addition to attending school board meetings and budget committee meetings, Middlestetter encourages parents to share their hopes and concerns with their children’s principals. While it’s still too soon to predict Gov. John Kitzhaber’s budget recommendations regarding education, Middlestetter said he is encouraged by financial indicators like employment rates and property values.

“It’s too early to make any conclusions but I’m looking optimistically at some positive indications,” he said.

The school district submitted a general fund budget of $68,636,982 for the 2012-2013 school year — a difference of only $277,605 from the 2011-2012 school year. The district has currently been operating under deficits caused this year when local option revenues came in $1 million below projections. The district anticipates these local option revenues could be down another $1 million next year.

The budget is based upon the assumption that no further cuts will be make to the state schools fund for K-12 and that forecasts project increases in state revenues for the 2013-15 biennium.

In addition, the district will use $2.3 million from a state facilities grant awarded for new schools — Lowrie and Trillium Creek primary schools — and $2.1 million from the 2011 sale of land on Parker Road in West Linn. Changes in the local option revenue’s dollars and the beginning fund balance from the 2011-12 school year have not been released.

Public comments will be accepted during informal budget meetings throughout February and March. The budget committee will formally meet on May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 22 at 7 p.m.

The school district’s last day to approve the budget is May 22, 2013, and and final budget must be adopted by June 3, 2013. For continued information, visit wlwv.k12.or.us.

Achievement compacts

The budget development process will operate differently this year than in years past due to achievement compacts the school district have submitted to the Oregon Department of Education. In June, every Oregon K-12 school district submitted achievement compacts, targets for student achievement in the coming school year.

Middlestetter said these targets set forth from the achievement compact advisory committee — which met for the first time Oct. 15 — and the outcomes will be integrated into the budget development process.

These targets were expected to aim for improvement and work toward accomplishing the state’s ultimate 40-40-20 goal that by 2025, 40 percent of adult Oregonians will have earned at least a bachelor’s degree; 40 percent will have earned an associate degree or postsecondary credential; and the remaining 20 percent will have earned at least a high school diploma.

The compacts are a part of a state education reform bill that passed this spring that, among other things, establishes a process eventually meant to distribute funding to school districts based on achievement. State lawmakers want the achievement compacts to become the measure of accountability in place of the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind act, which sets a goal of 100 percent of students meeting federally mandated achievement targets by 2014.

The compacts are less aggressive than NCLB law, focusing on 100 percent high school completion rather than 100 percent meeting subject-specific academic benchmarks. The federal government has set a process to grant waivers to states for meeting its targets if a local plan is found to be a sufficient accountability measure.

The school district must submit an annual agreement for 2012-2013 by July 1 to the newly created Oregon Education Investment Board, to show how it is doing its part to reach that goal.

Budget committee taking applications for vacancy

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District needs to fill long-time committee member Molly Spearing’s seat on the five-person budget committee.

The vacant position will be appointed for three years and will require participation in form of three to six meetings beginning in March 2013 and ending in June 2013.

Interested applicants will be interviewed by the school board and should contact the school district’s business office to obtain an application form.

Contact Doug Middlestetter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. subject line “budget committee” or call 503-673-7092 for more information.

Drew Dakessian contributed to this article.



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