School board discusses 2019 bond
The room was especially crowded during the Oct. 16 West Linn-Wilsonville School Board work session. All nine primary school principals attended to discuss their goals for the upcoming school year — what they want to focus on in each individual school — while the latter half of the meeting was spent discussing the factors under consideration when determining whether to go out for a bond in November 2019.
A common focus among primary school principals was student efficacy — making sure students are driving their learning, talking when they have the opportunity to speak up and believing they can succeed.
"Every child needs to learn at high levels, be exposed to critical thinking questions, be engaged, so how do we make sure kids are getting that?" said Angela Freeman, Boones Ferry principal, adding that the answer is to make sure students don't get pulled out of the classroom as much. "Whatever you're pulling them out for needs to be equally or more important that what they're missing in the classroom."
Another theme within schools was the focus on strengthening teacher collaboration by allowing teachers to observe each other in action.
Aside from principal updates, a portion of the meeting was dedicated to a long range planning committee discussion about a potential 2019 bond.
"If we could go out for a bond in November (2019), what kind of information would you need as a board to determine (if) you should go out (for the bond and) why?" WL-WV Superintendent Kathy Ludwig said.
Ludwig added that the board should determine what they would need from the district's citizen-led Long Range Planning Committee in order for them to be fully informed.
The school board has asked the Long Range Planning Committee to look at how the school buildings are being used and to look into compiling capacity numbers. They've also asked the committee to provide a five- and 10-year demographic report that will look at the projected enrollment based on school boundaries.
For example, West Linn High School's enrollment numbers are close to capacity, so the planning committee will be looking at what that means and what they need to do to relieve that pressure.