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Schools get an added $7.5 Million for this year
[from the PPS website] The School Board voted the funds at its Feb 10 meeting.  Funds will be used this school year to pay for:
    Technology upgrades for teachers and students.
    School safety improvements.
    Summer school and credit recovery programs to help high school students graduate.
    Library books, musical instruments and PE equipment.
    Expansion of career technical education classes.
    Schools’ discretionary budgets.
    Professional development for teachers.
In our survey of tech resources, we will be looking at how this affects SW Portland schools.
 
Successful Schools Survey
Parents and school staff have been filling out an extensive survey about school climate, to guide future PPS planning and evaluation.  No result as of press time, but we should be seeing some in March.  We will post findings on our web page and in email bulletins as we get them.
 
Boundary Changes Update
News is unchanged from last month.  Michael Reunert, our Hillsdale rep, is on the D-BRAC (District Boundary Review Advisory Committee) and will give us an update at our March meeting.  Boundary changes for SWNI-area schools will begin to be discussed later in the year, and put into effect in a later school year, possibly 2016-17.  If the experience so far with enrollment and transfer policy is any indication, the changes will come later rather than sooner, and our citizen input will be key to making them as fair as possible.
 
Enrollment & Transfer Policy In Effect Next (2015-16) School Year
The Portland Public School Board  approved the policy changes at their January 20 meeting.  A link to the revised policy is on our http://swni.org/schools website.  As we get more information on the process, we’ll send out bulletins to our contact list and on the SWNI Schools website.
 
 
Next meetingThursday, March 19, 2015, 7 to 9 PM at Room 4, Multnomah Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy at 31st.