Legislative contact needed on HB5017
The legislature is considering HB5017 (the State School Fund bill) which will split school funding for 2015-17 on a 50/50 split, instead of the traditional 49/51 split. It also proposes a $7.255 funding level. Please click on SSF K-12 Education funding, and encourage your legislator to vote no on HB5017, and support the State School Fund budget at the 7.5 billion level (or more) with a 49/51 split.
Superintendent Search Underway
Banks School District has begun the search process for a new Superintendent. Bob Huston is retiring after 9 years with the district, and the last three years as Superintendent. The Banks Board of Directors has hired Window to Leadership as the consulting firm to handle the Superintendent Search process. Please click on the sidebar, Superintendent Search, for more information and the application process.
Three School Board positions will be on the May Ballot
Three Banks School Board positions will be on the ballot in the May 19, 2015 election.
Position 3 is currently held by Laurie Schlegel and Position 5 is currently held by Kathy Edison. Position 4 is held by Ron Frame, who was appointed October 28, 2013. Position 3 and position 5 are for four-year terms, starting July 1, 2015. Position 4 is for a two-year term, staring July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2017.
The deadline for filing is March 19. Election information and forms are available online at the Washington County Elections website: http://www.co.washington.or.us/AssessmentTaxation/Elections/
Budget Committee Openings
If you are interested in serving your community as a member of the District Budget Committee, please print out a Budget Committee Application and submit the completed form to the District Office. You can find a link to the Application in the Forms section of the District Links menu.
Open Enrollment 2015-16
Banks School District is participating in open enrollment. The Oregon legislature passed HB 3681 allowing students to attend the school district of their choice, providing the school chooses to participate in open enrollment. We are excited to offer students the opportunity to attend Banks Schools through the open enrollment plan kindergarten through 12th grade. Applications are accepted no earlier than March 1, and no later than March 31, 2015.
In order to attend in the next school year 2015-2016 applications must be received by March 31, 2015.
Radon Testing Results
On January 16, 2015, the district completed radon testing. Please click on the link for the radon test report. Feel free to contact the district if you have any questions.
Parent Survey for Washington County Early Learning and Parenting Hub Planning
In July 2014, The Oregon Community Foundation funded a planning grant to support and expand parenting education programs in the Banks community. Washington County Health and Human Services received this funding for our region. As a parent, you are being asked to participate in a survey about our community’s support of young families and the services you would like to see offered in our community.
Please click on a link below to complete the survey. Thank you for your participation.
School Based Health Center
Forest Grove School-Based Health Center is open and serving all students in the Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston School Districts. The center is located in Forest Grove High School. Primary care, dental screenings and mental health counseling services are available. For more information about the SBHC or to schedule an appointment, please call 503-359-4057.
LATE START beginning September 10
Late starts will occur each Wednesday, starting September 10, 2014 and run through the end of the school year, unless otherwise designated on the 2014-15 school year calendar. Students may arrive at school at 8:50 AM, the tardy bell rings at 9:10 AM on late start Wednesdays. We are planning to have bus routes begin 45 minutes later on these days.
The District has reviewed many plans and believes the 45-minute late start plan best addresses and accommodates our current and long term plans for meeting our goals for improving student learning through the new state mandated achievement compacts. These late starts will provide our teachers and assistants with collaboration time, which is not otherwise available. This late start plan will eliminate 3 full days of staff development.
School Board Meetings
The next regular meeting of the Banks School District Board of Directors will be Monday, April 13, 2015. The work session starts at 5:30 PM. The work session is open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend. The regular session starts at 7:00 PM. The work session and the regular board meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Banks School District Administration Building. The address is 12950 NW Main St., Banks.
There will be special meetings of the board April 2 and April 8, 2015 for Executive Session, pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(a), (7).
Hazardous weather or unexpected emergencies may require changes in school and bus schedules. The decision to cancel classes or delay the start of school will be prior to 5:45 a.m. If schools are forced to close during the school day, every effort is made to contact parents. Notification will be posted on local television and radio stations and also on the district website. You can also receive information by subscribing to FlashAlert. To sign up for notifications, please go to www.flashalert.net.
Identification of Disabled Students