Posted by Star Saenz at 2/24/2016
The St. Paul school district has achieved a great deal this past year with our instructional program and our efforts to improve the learning environment for our students. As a result we have many individuals and groups to thank for our continued success.
Academically this past year based on statewide assessments the students from St. Paul outperformed the state averages for students who met the state standard in grade levels 3-11 for both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Perhaps even more important, is the fact that the students in St. Paul showed more academic growth based on data from the department of education than many other districts in the state. The following is a quote from the assessment department staff at the Oregon Department of Education about the student performance in St. Paul, “students across all tested grades in St. Paul SD performed as good as or better than the majority of students in Oregon who had similar scores the previous year. These are all very impressive, and only a few districts in Oregon demonstrated as high of performance.”
It is the outstanding work of our teachers, the hard work of our students and the support of our parents and community members that have helped us to achieve so much. You can find additional information about student achievement on the web at-http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx.
This year thanks to the support of our community we are engaged in the work of planning and implementing a bond project for our district with construction scheduled to begin this summer. As I mentioned in my last bond update letter the bond advisory committee and the school board, as well as our staff have been instrumental in keeping this project on track. As a district we have been working with a project manager (David McKay) and the architectural firm of (AC and Company) to complete a design that includes all of the items that were outlined in the project scope during the initial stages of the discussion with the community and staff. As many of you know, our design was delayed by nearly three weeks following a third party estimators return of cost estimates that exceeded our financial capacity based on the resources provided by the bond sale. Since that time we have worked with additional estimators (contractors) and the advisory committee to make recommendations to modify the design in a way that still meets the criteria as outlined in the original scope of the project and that aligns more precisely with the budget. I am excited to move the district to the final stages of design with the plan of obtaining school board approval to proceed to bid following the March 14th meeting of the St. Paul school board of directors. The highlights of the bond work will include the renovation of the girls’ locker room at the high school, the construction of an auxiliary gym and music room as well as upgrades to the elementary school which will include: new windows, new heating and cooling units for the classrooms, new flooring, lighting and other electrical improvements.
All of these projects will enhance the learning environment for our students and improve the livability of the district facilities. I have included for your information the updated calendar which indicates the time line the district will follow as we move forward with the project this spring. You can find additional information about the bond project, my advisory committee, as well as other information about our school district and the success of our students in academics, athletics and other programs on the district website athttp://stpaul.schoolwires.net/site/default.aspx?PageID=1
On behalf of the entire staff I would like to extend our appreciation to you for the continued support of our schools, its students and our district and invite you to contact me directly with any questions or comments that you may have. It is my pleasure to serve and work in a district that has such tremendous pride in its students and schools.
Joseph M. Wehrli
Superintendent of Schools
St. Paul School District #45