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Update on the West Linn-Wilsonville School District


This year a West Linn-Wilsonville School District Achievement Team has been meeting regularly to think about and refine the short- and long-range achievement targets that would indicate that all students have developed college and career readiness.

Setting these targets helps the district to consider and affirm the strategic investments it makes in support of reaching goals and achieving its mission. Along with graduation rates and the AP coursework, the district is also monitoring and making extra efforts to support freshmen success in their courses as they transition into high school.

District officials want all students to have the opportunity to access college coursework and credit during high school and is tracking the number of college credits earned while in high school as well as the percentage of students who move on to post-high school educational opportunities. 

Officials are also considering the critical benchmarks in grades K-8 that might guide administrators along the way.

“We believe that your support for and investment in rich and comprehensive school programs with many opportunities for students to access diverse and meaningful learning experiences is the key to success for West Linn-Wilsonville students,” wrote Superintendent Bill Rhoades in a newsletter. “Our students demonstrate every day and over time the value of our efforts to educate the ‘whole child.’ ”

Long-range facilities and budget planning

The district’s school board-appointed Long Range Planning Committee has been actively updating the district long-range facilities and capital improvement plan in response to the growth, development and planning in the cities of West Linn and Wilsonville.  

This team of volunteers is also involved in monitoring the progress toward completion of the 2008 capital bond projects, which are expected to be completed over the course of the next year.

The committee continually tracks current and future community growth trends, school capacities and maintenance and building needs. Their reports and updates to the board provide data for use in analyzing and considering long-range facilities and capital improvement planning needs. 

“The consistent and thoughtful work of this team has served the district well for many years and will continue to do so in the future,” Rhoades wrote.

The school board also appoints five citizens as members of the district’s Budget Committee. 

“As legislators begin their 2013 session we look forward to the shaping of future state school funding and the challenge of building a budget the to support our critical investments in educational excellence,” Rhoades wrote.