School board rules no new inter-district transfers will be accepted in 2017-18

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District met Monday, March 6, to discuss a variety of topics, including a decision on inter-district transfers, which will take effect immediately.

The board decided not to participate in the Oregon Department of Education's Open Enrollment program for the 2017-18 school year during its Feb. 6 meeting.

"The inter-district transfer process is slightly different (from open enrollment) in that it does mean a family outside the district is asking for release from their district in order to attend ours, or a family in our district is asking for release to attend another school district," said Superintendent Kathy Ludwig. "Unlike open enrollment, where there does not need to be permission from the resident's district, this process does involve permission from the sending district."

Ludwig said it was the staff's recommendation that the board open inter-district transfers, but only to those families who are currently enrolled in the district, as well as siblings of current students who are scheduled to start kindergarten in 2017-18.

"Staff has taken a look at the numbers, and also greatly influenced by what we've been hearing from the community, we've determined that we would like to open for inter-district transfers," Ludwig said. "No new families' applications would be accepted for next year, so this is just about accommodating students who are already here and letting them finish and their siblings finish.

"This doesn't include families with tuition payment, so for example, if they're currently here and did not receive a release from their district, and decided to pay tuition and we approve that, then we would continue to approve that next year. ... I think we have about five families in the district who currently play tuition."

Ludwig said Trillium Creek Primary, Lowrie Primary, Arts and Technology High School will remain closed to inter-district transfers as has been the case the past few years, and that Rosemont Ridge Middle School will also now be closed to inter-district transfers as outlined in the middle school boundary implementation plan. The final day for affected families to make a decision will be June 16. She added that the district will also open 20 slots for students wishing to transfer out of the district — the same number WL-WV opened last year.

"If there are more requests than the 20, we will take a look at high school students first wanting them to finish and then middle school and primary siblings, and then anyone making new transfer requests would be the last criteria we would consider."

Board Chair Keith Steele said he was in favor of the recommendation, particularly because it would mean that siblings wouldn't be split up among different schools, and after brief discussion the board unanimously approved the resolution.

The board also approved a construction contract for Trillium Creek Primary to enclose two second-story outdoor learning spaces. Operations Director Tim Woodley said the district had originally budgeted $900,000 of the 2014 capital bond for the project, and recommended the board approve a contract for the amount of $728,240 to Cedar Mill Construction Company, LLC.

He added that it was the same project that was completed at Lowrie Primary last year, and said he was happy with the public bids that came in.

The board unanimously approved the contract, and construction will start as soon as school gets out of June with completion expected before the 2017-18 school year starts.

The board was scheduled to next meet for a regular meeting April 3, but agreed to push that meeting to April 10 so that it doesn't fall so close to spring break.

Contact West Linn Tidings reporter Andrew Kilstrom at 503-636-1281 ext. 112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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