Community participation with a purpose
Public education is entering a new era and we want you to be a part of it. Community involvement is one of the reasons that the Woodburn School District has some of the highest graduation rates in the state.
School districts in Oregon are seeing a boost in support of high schools for improvements to curriculum to better prepare our students for the future; funding to provide college and school-to-work opportunities; and to make certain that every student graduates. Community participation is an important part of these efforts to help our students succeed.
One project that is vital to the success of Woodburn students is our Strategic Plan. Over 20 years ago, the district and community developed this document which guides spending and policy decisions for our public schools. This document is updated every five years, and we're in the middle of that process now.
There is a core planning team that has issued a draft of the document. We are looking for 100 community members to take an hour of their day on Thursday, Feb. 8 to review that draft and provide input. Sessions start on the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the district office, located at 1390 Meridian Drive in Woodburn, and we encourage you to drop by. We will have Spanish and Russian translators at the 5 p.m. session. One hour of your time could have a positive impact on the future of our students for years to come.
Are numbers your thing? We also are looking to fill three vacancies on our budget committee for the district. You can find more information by contacting Jenne Marquez, executive secretary to the
You also have the opportunity to volunteer in our schools, whether you have children attending or not. Your time will make a difference with our students and community. There are site councils and parent action committees that would benefit from your participation. Find a way that works for you and your schedule. Our schools are waiting for your call!
As a final note, I want to say that we know most people are wondering how they will get everything done in their day-to-day lives, let alone volunteer in their community. If that's the case, being as good a parent as you can be, which includes being involved in your child's schooling, is community participation with a purpose. Thank you.