The Lake Oswego School District school board on Wednesday approved a detailed list of priorities for the 2006-2007 school year in anticipation for one of the district's most ambitious years to date.

The year will be characterized by a number of significant efforts and issues, including staff contract negotiations, a comprehensive study of the Talented and Gifted program and a renewal of the English curriculum.

The board will also focus on declining enrollment at the elementary and junior high school levels.

"We are entering what could be an excellent year for this district ... but we have a huge agenda," said Superintendent Bill Korach.

The list was approved about three months ahead of schedule, due to the sheer amount of objectives the board wants to tackle this year, Korach added.

It was the board's final opportunity to review the priorities before it is shared with administrators and association presidents.

The meeting also marked the first with new board chair Curt Sheinin at the helm.

For more on this story, see the July 27 edition of the Review.

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