Superintendent’s Update

Shared with the Corvallis School Board during the November 1, 2018 meeting

Rivero Koetje Appointed to OSU President’s Board of Visitors
Equity and ELL Coordinator Marcianne Rivero Koetje was recently appointed to the OSU President’s Board of Visitors, an advisory board that provides counsel to the president and members of OSU’s senior leadership team to carry out the university’s mission in ways that enhance access, retention, and opportunity for traditionally underrepresented and underserved students, faculty, and staff. Ms. Rivero Koetje was chosen due to her solid connections across communities and her ability to provide insights and perspective that would add value in advancing the university’s diversity goals.

Bond Oversight Committee
The Bond Oversight Committee held their first meeting on October 22. Committee member Amy Crump is joining us tonight. The committee will meet quarterly and their primary role is to ensure transparency, accountability, and careful management of taxpayer dollars. Thank you to all committee members and to Rich Arnold for serving as the chair of this committee. Committee meeting notes are available on the district website and published in the packet for tonight’s board meeting.

Design Guidance Teams
Nearly 80 people, including staff, parents, and community members attended the kick-off Design Guidance Team meeting on October 24. Members of our architect teams and staff liaisons in each topic area including Health & Wellness, Operations, Safety, and Teaching and Learning facilitated discussions. Their next meeting will be November 7 at 5:30 pm. A community input session is scheduled for November 19 where the preliminary work of these committees will be shared and additional input gathered. That meeting will be held at Lincoln Elementary school at 6:30 pm.

Multi-Year Strategic Financial Plan Listening and Learning Session
At the October 11, 2018 board meeting, Finance and Operations Director Olivia Meyers Buch provided a report on our process to develop a Multi-Year Strategic Financial Plan that will align our provisional school board goals and instructional priorities with how we use our financial resources.

We are inviting community input through an online survey and at two Listening and Learning Sessions. Those sessions will be held Monday, November 5 at 6:30 pm, Linus Pauling Middle School in the Commons and Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30 pm, in the Lincoln Elementary School Gym.

CTE Event
I want to thank the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation for hosting the Real-World Learning Summit this week. The event was attended by approximately 50 community and business representatives who came to learn more about our career and technical education programs. Students from all three high schools shared their experiences and the value they have found in our CTE courses. Once again, the community of Corvallis came out to support our students.

COSA Key Legislative Areas
As we near the start of a new legislative session there are three key areas that the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators will be focusing on. It will be their goal to bring bills forward that focus on social/emotional support for our students, workforce development (teacher recruitment and retention) and early learning. These three areas are critical to achieving our goals of student health and wellness, equitable systems and student achievement. I will provide updates throughout the legislative session.

Student Artwork
Thank you to our art education teachers for the installation of student art. I am always inspired to see our student’s creativity on display in the boardroom and hope you will take a few extra minutes to appreciate their work. This month we have artwork from Adams, Franklin, Garfield, Hoover, Jefferson, Lincoln, Linus Pauling, Mt. View, and Crescent Valley.