Welcome! We are well on our way through the 2017-18 school year and already planning for 2018-19.
The Woodburn School District has received a significant amount of attention for the success we are having closing the achievement gap between different student groups. The Oregon State Board of Education held their monthly meeting on our campus, and toured classrooms to see how our bilingual program was contributing to high graduation rates. The board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon’s 197 public school districts, and 20 educational service districts. We have been asked to serve on several panels to share what we have learned from our success in Woodburn with other Oregon public schools. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and will continue to work towards closing the achievement gap.
The school district is also making good progress on our construction projects. Voters approved a bond in 2015 to fund additional space for students, major repairs and maintenance to our schools and improvements to security/technology systems. Construction is well underway on the two-story addition at Washington Elementary and for the new building for Success High School. We’ve been able to secure a $3 million grant for seismic upgrades for both Washington and Lincoln elementary schools, in addition to bond funding. Classrooms that were fire damaged have been renovated at the high school, a project funded with insurance payments. A sprinkler system has been installed in the high school for safety. Heritage and Valor have a new roof. And the final three major construction projects are in the final planning stages and will likely break ground this summer for additions at Nellie Muir, Heritage/Valor, and Lincoln/French Prairie.
Another important project for the Woodburn School District this year has been to update our five-year Strategic Plan. This is a significant effort involving stakeholders from the district, students, business and community. The Strategic Plan serves as the backbone for our policy making decisions.