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Corvallis School Board seeks public input on Local Option Levy renewal priorities
Published on Thursday, April 28, 2016

In 1990, with the passage of Measure 5, funding for public education shifted from the local level to the state level and most school districts, including Corvallis, lost significant revenue. The local option levy is the only tool available to local school districts for voters to increase revenue for district operations. The Corvallis School board is seeking public input on funding priorities as they prepare draft language for the renewal of the local option levy. Community members, parents, and staff are invited to submit input.

The Corvallis five-year local option levy has been approved by voters two times, beginning in 2006. It comprises 6.5% of the 2015-16 operating budget and pays for 50 full time teachers. As a result of the local option levy, class sizes have been reduced or stabilized, support for literacy instruction has increased, and students receive twice the amount of music and PE instruction. Local option funds also help support high school athletics and activities and have helped expand vocational and technical education programs at the high schools. The current levy expires June 30, 2017. The school board will be placing a ballot measure on the November 2016 ballot to renew the local option levy for another five years, through June, 2023.

An online survey is available through May 8 and is available hereWritten comments may be mailed to the school board in care of Julie Catala, Board Secretary, 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, Oregon, 97333. 

The May 9 board meeting will be held at the District Administration Building, at the address listed above. The public is invited to provide input on local option levy priorities during public comment. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm and those wishing to make public comment must sign up to do so prior to the start of the meeting.

 

School Board Approves 2016-17 School Calendar
Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 

On April 26, 2016, the School Board voted unanimously to approve the school district calendar for elementary, middle, and high schools for the 2016-17 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and the school year will end on June 16, 2017. Additional days have been scheduled as possible weather make-up days including February 20, and June 19 - 23.  Calendars are available here.

 

School Board to Appoint Internal Interim for Superintendent Post
Published on Monday, April 18, 2016

In a special meeting of the Corvallis School Board, the board formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Erin Prince and determined a process and timeline to fill the vacancy created by her departure in August. The public is invited to provide input on the desired qualities of the interim Superintendent in an online survey that can be found here. The survey is open until April 26 at 5:00 pm. The public input process will also include public testimony at the April 26 school board meeting. More

 

School Calendar update: Last day of school schedule change
Published on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 

June 16 is the last day of the 2015/16 school year and was originally communicated as a full school day on the calendar. This is typically a day for teachers and students to celebrate and say their goodbyes for the summer. After further review of instructional hours and the 2015-16 calendar, we have determined that the last day of school will follow a two hour early release schedule. 

Un aviso del Calendario escolar: Un cambio del horario para el último día de la escuela

El 16 de junio es el último día de la escuela y originalmente fue comunicado a Uds. Que sería un día entero/completo en el calendario. Típicamente, es un día para los maestros y los estudiantes para celebrar y decir adiós a sus compañeros para el verano. Después de revisar aún más las horas de instrucción y el calendario de 2015-16, los líderes del distrito decidieron que el ultimo día de la escuela no será un día entero/completo sino un día donde los estudiantes salen dos horas temprano. 


 

Superintendent Accepts Position with Chalkboard Project
Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Superintendent Erin Prince has accepted a position as Vice President of Education Policy for the Chalkboard Project of Foundations for a Better Oregon, a non-profit whose mission is to create systemic reform in Oregon’s K-12 public schools. She will remain as superintendent until August 15 when she begins her new role. Superintendent Prince has served Corvallis public schools since 2011 and the most notable accomplishment in the district during her tenure has been a transformational improvement in graduation rates and the implementation of the fifth year program, Running Start. When she joined the district, four year graduation rates were 67.5% and have steadily climbed to a new high of 86% last year. The fifth year completion rate grew from 83% in 2011 to 93% last year.   

Other key areas of focus under her leadership have included a more inclusive instructional approach for students in special education programs, an emphasis on targeted interventions for students not meeting grade level benchmarks and the adoption of AVID, a program whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success in a global society.

“I am continually inspired by the commitment that I see in the staff at all of our schools. I’m proud that our graduation rates have jumped and more importantly, that every group of historically under served students (students of color, English language learners, students with disability, and economically disadvantaged students) increased by double-digit percentage points for on-time graduation,” Superintendent Prince shared with her staff on Tuesday. “We are shifting how we approach the delivery of education in our special education and English language learner programs by removing the silos and supporting co-teaching models, building capacity for instructional leadership, and expanding professional development supports for our teachers, assistants, and specialists. Together we have found strength in collaboration and while we still have much to do, our students are showing growth and feeling the care and dedication to their success.”

The school board will schedule a public meeting later this month to decide a process for hiring a new superintendent. The school district’s leadership team will carry forward with the school district’s focus to close the opportunity gap, ensure that every student shows growth and that every student is a graduate.

 

Inclement weather and school closure notifications
Published on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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There are a variety of situations that might call for school cancellations including winter weather and interruptions to facility utilities. The safety of students and staff is the primary consideration for any decision regarding school cancellation, delayed start, or district closure. Additionally, the suitability of our facilities for occupation is carefully considered as well as the condition of roads. In any situation where safety may be compromised, school district leadership works with regional agencies to make informed decisions regarding risk factors. 

An alert will be posted on the school district website homepage and Facebook page as early as possible to allow parents and staff to make appropriate changes to their routines. The announcement will include links to bus snow routes if applicable. In addition, local media including radio and tv stations and the Corvallis Gazette Times are notified through FlashAlert Newswire.

Parents are encouraged to opt-in to FlashAlert at www.flashalert.net for e-mail notifications or opt-in to FA Messenger which provides notifications through a smartphone Android or iOS app. Sign up here. There is no charge for this service. 

Emergency updates and school closures are also available by calling the Corvallis School District emergency message line: 541-757-4555.

 

School District Vaccination Rates Available
Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016

New school health legislation went into effect this year requiring publication of school district immunization rates to be available to parents. Vaccination rates for Corvallis schools are available here.

 

Los índices de vacunación de las escuelas están disponibles La nueva ley sobre la salud en las escuelas entró en vigor este año requiriendo que los índices de inmunización del distrito escolar se publiquen y estén disponibles para los padres de familia. Los índices de vacunación para las escuelas de Corvallis están disponibles aquí.

 

 

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Erin Prince’s monthly report to the school board about what’s happening in the Corvallis School District.

"Superintendent's Report 04-11-16" - Posted Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 03-07-16" - Posted Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 02-08-16" - Posted Friday, February 12, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 1-19, 2016" - Posted Friday, January 22, 2016

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