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The district has completed its application for funds from the Student Success Act

It's been a year since the end of Oregon's 2019 legislative session, when the $2 billion Student Success Act was passed. Now, Molalla River School District has its application for funds ready for the community to peek at.

Molalla's Director of Teaching and Learning, Kathleen French, has been the driving force behind preparing the application that if accepted, will bring about $2.2 million to Molalla schools.PMG FILE PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Molalla High School students celebrate in 2018 when a fellow student won an art award. They may celebrate again soon if and when the district receives $2.2 million from the Student Success Act.

She presented the completed application to board members March 12.

Then Superintendent Tony Mann announced in a letter to families on March 17 that the application was ready for the public to view.

In the application, the community can see the budget breakdown, which adds many additional staff members. Board members on March 12 expressed concern that if monies weren't available the following year, then new staff would have to be let go.

French noted that she worked with other school districts on that very topic, and she is confident the funds will be available the following year to maintain the added positions.

"We're making the assumption, like every other district is, that some of these dollars," Mann said, "if not all of these dollars, will remain in place."

Furthermore, Mann pointed out that some of the added positions are either one-year contracted services or extra-duty stipends that don't amount to a long-term financial commitment for the school district.

The purpose of the Success Act is to meet students' mental and behavioral health needs and increase academic achievement, Mann pointed out in the letter.

The act is particularly focused on reducing disparities for students of color, students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, students navigating poverty, those experiencing homelessness and those who are in foster care.

To view the application and to provide feedback, visit www.molallariv.k12.or.us and click on "Student Investment Account Application."


Kristen Wohlers
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