Newberg school board gets back to work
The Newberg School District board of directors returned from the holidays with a meeting on Jan. 14, attending to a number of key matters facing the district.
Chief among the issues of import was a construction bond being crafted by district officials and committee members, which the board has been kept abreast of. At the Jan. 14 meeting, the board charged Superintendent Joe Morelock with gathering feedback on the proposed bond package.
The projected $140 million package is in its final stages before official approval by the board and is likely to include items such as a complete replacement of Dundee Elementary School, renovation of the cafeteria at Edwards Elementary and additional funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
According to the district, the goal is to tax Newberg homeowners $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed value on their home – which they say is the lowest cost to the taxpayer ever on a bond of this size. There will also be one year during which homeowners will pay on the current school bond in addition to the new one.
During the Jan. 14 meeting, the school board also approved the 2020-2021 academic calendar along with eight new courses at Newberg High School. The courses vary in topics and have been advocated for by students and faculty alike.
NHS principal Tami Erion presented the proposed courses and all eight were approved by the board. The courses include woodshop I and II, makerspace, mobile app development, intro to medical sciences, honors biology, musical theater and chamber orchestra.
Woodshop classes allow students to "learn the basics of woodworking tools, materials, safety protocols and career opportunities," according to a course description. The makerspace class is of the same vein and "will serve as an introduction to hands-on making and our CTE course offerings, as well as serving as a hub to extend class projects and all CTE elective courses."
Students will create applications for smartphones in the mobile app development course and get the first taste of information necessary for a job in the medical field in intro to medical science. Honors biology adds depth to the school's advanced science curriculum and the musical theater and chamber orchestra courses expand the available opportunities for students interested in the arts.
The board meets next on Jan. 28, where it may well approve the final construction bond proposal before the district and committee crafts the final language for voters. The bond is expected to appear on the ballot in May.
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