Straight from the Superintendent
The New Year is here and school is well underway at the Woodburn School District. I would like to take this opportunity to share some highlights.
First, we are more than halfway through our timeline for bond projects for Woodburn schools. Success High School and a major addition at Washington Elementary are open for classes!
The final phase of the Woodburn High School sprinkler project was finished.
Major maintenance, technology and security improvements at Nellie Muir and Lincoln Elementary Schools, and French Prairie Middle School were completed also. These improvements are possible because of your support, and we are grateful.
Second, the Woodburn School District passed its recent financial and accountability audit. It’s important you know that we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. An independent audit each year confirms this for our community. We are pleased to welcome our new financial director Sarah Bishop, who was instrumental in this process.
Field Trip: Apprenticeship Week The Oregon Legislative Assembly began its session in January, and a priority issue is funding pre-kindergarten programs and services. You will be hearing more from us about this important topic as negotiations begin in Salem. Bipartisan studies have shown that our ability to work with families and children from a young age is part of what helps them succeed later as young adults. This includes targeted social support in addition to early learning.
We welcomed a new school board member this month. Noemi Legaspi comes to us with a strong background in the community and helping students. She currently works as a bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, as well as for Pacific University in downtown Woodburn as an adjunct instructor and academic adviser for students.
Regular school board meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:45 pm. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Thank you again for supporting Woodburn schools and our students.