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'As we enter a new school year, we continue to provide equitable outcomes for all the children entrusted to our care.'

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT - Superintendent Chuck RansomI love this time of year. It reminds all of us at the Woodburn School District that we are in service to our students and community. Since the founding of this district and regardless of all other external factors, we have been here as one community to provide our students with the best possible education.

This commitment is absolute because Woodburn students are and have always been the future of this community and our country. Our students reflect the rich, diverse background of America to its earliest days. As we enter a new school year, we continue to provide equitable outcomes for all the children entrusted to our care.

Woodburn students achieve academically and professionally because of this equity lens. We see this through recent graduation rates for the Class of 2017, which are almost 10 percent higher than the state average. Our graduation rates for disadvantaged student populations are even better.

Woodburn graduates are actively sought by businesses, colleges and universities because of their ability to succeed in a global society. Our K-12 dual language program means that our students are proficient in two languages (English and Russian or Spanish) by the time they complete high school. All students have the opportunity to earn college credit before they graduate, and many pursue post-secondary opportunities beyond high school.

Part of this success is because we are open and transparent in our decision-making. The Woodburn School District has a five-year Strategic Plan in place that guides our actions. The plan will be updated in early 2018 to meet the needs of our students for the next five years. Community members are invited to participate in this process. To learn more, visit our web site at www.woodburnsd.org.

The Woodburn School District operates under a balanced budget, and has passed all accountability and financial audits required by the state. School board members are unpaid volunteers, elected from the community and cannot be gifted funds.

All regular school board meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the District Offices, 1390 Meridian Drive in Woodburn. We hope you will join us.

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