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School Board Wiki and Email How-to

Email How-to

  1. Visit the Email Access Tutorial for a quick overview.
  2. Then Login Here -  You can also always get to the Webmail login screen via the Staff and Faculty page on the District Website.   However it is a good idea to take a second and create your own bookmark.  

Wiki How-to

  1. Visit wiki.orecity.k12.or.uswiki home page
  2. Click anywhere on the big "My Page" button as pictured below. 
    wiki login
  3. Login with your username and password
    wiki username and password login
  4. Now your logged in to the wiki system. This initial page shows updates to any wikis you are a part of and gives quick access to the wiki and an additional way to access your district email account.
    wiki start page
  5. To visit the School Board Wiki just click on the "wikis" link in the top navigation bar, and then select "OCSD School Board - Wiki".
    wiki link
  6. At this point you have successfully logged in, seen an overview of updates, and navigated to the school board wiki. You can optionally follow the rest of the steps to create a user profile picture, add your email address, and change your password.
  7. Click on the "settings" link in the upper right corner of the window
    settings link
  8. Next click on the "Account" button, and then click on the "+" on the avatar button. At this point a dialog window will appear allowing you to choose a picture off of your computer to use for your profile picture. At this point go ahead and also add in your district email account in the space provided.
    settings link
    settings link
  9. Lastly, click on the "Password" button and insert the required fields to update your password. Note you will be asked to login again before being allowed able to make this update.
    settings link
    settings link

For help on using the wiki itself reference the wiki help page.

Stand for Children to Host School Board Candidate Forum April 28th

Oregon City Stand for Children invites area residents to a forum for Oregon City School Board candidates on Tuesday, April 28th. The candidate forum will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Center at Oregon City Evangelical Church located at 1024 Linn Avenue.

The forum will be moderated by former Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction and six-year Senator, Verne Duncan. Candidates will have an opportunity to give an opening statement, respond to questions and give a closing statement.

"It's important for people to meet their school district's decision makers, especially in such uncertain economic times," explained Debbie Cole, an Oregon City Stand for Children leader. "This forum will give voters a chance to learn more about the candidates, their points of view, and the direction they are hoping to take Oregon City Schools."

To learn more about Stand for Children or the Candidate Forum visit their website at www.stand.org.

Oregon City School Board Ratifies Contract Agreement & Calendar Adjustments to Help Offset Shortfall

At the last session the Oregon City School Board approved an agreement with teachers, classified staff and administrators that will reduce salaries by five days this year as a cost saving measure to offset lower than anticipated state funding

The contract modifications negotiated with the Oregon School Employees Association and the Oregon City Education Association will result in a 2.6% pay cut for teachers and similar reductions for administrators and classified staff resulting in $1.1 million savings for the district. The contract modifications directly offset reductions to school funding announced by Governor Kulongoski in November.

In reducing five days, the district will not make up three snow days from December and the two other days will be negotiated: one a teacher in-service day and one an instructional day.

"These are difficult times for Oregon families and Oregon schools," said Superintendent Roger Rada. "We greatly appreciate the cooperation of our employees in making these reductions."

He adds that the agreement illustrates the extent the district, OCEA and OSEA are willing to work together to solve the shortfall while focusing on student learning.

Personnel contract modifications are being negotiated across the state as school districts scramble to reduce expenditures as resources dwindle. Amid declining enrollment and reduced state funding, the Oregon City School District is facing a shortfall of more than $6 Million dollars for the 2009-10 school year.

Facing Declining Enrollment and Rising Costs, Oregon City School Board Preparing to Make Tough Choices to Close Budget Shortfalls

Information shared at Monday night's school board meeting indicates that the Oregon City School District could be facing major budget shortfalls for the next two school years.

"As with a lot of people right now we're having to tighten our belt," says Superintendent Roger Rada. "With enrollment down and the increased cost of doing business, we have some tough decisions to make."

The state allocates funding on a per student basis and with current enrollment declines for the district those dollars add up quickly. For example, this year's enrollment is 62 fewer students than expected resulting in a loss of $372,000 in state funding. Over the last four years the district has lost nearly $3.6 million in revenue due to declining enrollment. Add to the equation increased expenditures due to rising utility costs and the cost of maintaining aging facilities as well as an economy in recession and you quickly have a significant financial challenge.

"The projections are not best-case or worst-case scenarios," Rada says. "They're conservatively realistic." Rada is quick to note that the district is fortunate to have a business manager who's been with the district for more than twenty years and has a great understanding of the district's financial history and Oregon school finance. "As we prepare to make some difficult decisions it's good to know we have someone of Wes Rogers' expertise to support our decision-making process."

The district began to feel the financial pinch last year when it made reductions to its budget and used one-time sources of revenue that together added up to a nearly $2.2 million impact on its budget. The district is out of one-time revenues and may need to make reductions of nearly $5 million in next year's budget in order to get ahead of the financial downturn.

The district's budget committee will begin meeting in January with public information and input sessions slated for February. The School Board typically adopts the final budget in May.

For more information, visit http://www.orecity.k12.or.us/school_board

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