by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian March 26, 2013
The BSD's shiny new $58K PR firm is delivering here, huh? I bet the Beaverton "public" schools' communications director, lawyer AND cop (your education money hard at work) sat down with the Public Relations professionals and a plethora of BSD administrators in the meeting when they made up these thoughtful questions...
YOU feel included now, taxpayer? Good. Now vote for the local option levy like you used to:
"BOARD FINDS SUPPORT FOR BOND ISSUE: A majority of those at a Beaverton School Board hearing Monday back a proposed $140 million measure for the ballot" December 5, 1995 by Cristine Gonzalez The Oregonian
"A majority of the parents, teachers and other concerned citizens who attended a public hearing Monday night expressed overwhelming support for a $140 million bond measure for Beaverton schools.
A bond measure, most agreed, would mean, among other items, more classrooms, building repairs and computers for students. But they cautioned the school board to plan how it would maintain schools and programs the bond measure would provide. for.how it funds that would maintain the schools and programs it plans to build with bond monies.
``I've seen a deterioration of the Beaverton schools system since I moved here,'' said Dennis Koop, 43, a bond measure supporter. ``But I'm worried that if we get more schools we won't be able to pay for heat and repairs. The board needs to keep that in mind.''
More than 30 people attended a 45-minute hearing at the Beaverton School District's Administration Center on Southwest Merlo Road. The meeting was the latest of several attempts to gauge public sentiment on a bond measure. A community task force recommended that package to the school after a year of study. In another show of support, more than half the registered voters polled two weeks ago in a phone survey said they would support the measure.
If approved by voters, the $140 million package would be the second-largest in Oregon history, behind Portland's $197 million bond that passed Nov. 7, and cost taxpayers an average of 70 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation if repaid over 20 years. For a $130,000 home, that adds up to an additional $91 a year in taxes.
The board is expected to decide by its Dec. 11 meeting whether to place a measure on the ballot and for what amount the measure 's size should be.
Janet Hogue, director of Citizens for School Support, said many parents in her group not only supported a $140 million bond measure, but also questioned if it was a sufficient amount.
``People are looking around Beaverton, seeing what's happening to their community, and realizing it has a large impact,'' said Hogue, referring to the district's enrollment growth, which is expected to rise from 29,000 students to 32,000 students by the year 2000.
The bond measure would provide money for four new schools, new roofs, modern heating, cooling and plumbing systems, building repairs, land purchases, cafeteria and library expansions, new classrooms at existing schools and computer and other technology.
Several parents, however, said they were deeply opposed to a bond measure.
``I want to caution you that building schools can lead to closing schools when you no longer have the money to operate those schools,'' said Ruth Bendl , 55, of Cedar Hills. ``Not all of us are ready to give a helping hand to developers who come to cheerfully set up subdivisions.''
Others, still smiting from the elimination of the district's outdoor school program, expressed deep concern and distrust of the board.
''I don't trust them with my money,'' said Denise Nass, an Aloha resident whose two children attend Beaverton schools.
"BEAVERTON BONDS FOR SCHOOLS FACE VOTE: The campaign to push the $146.5 million bond issue kicks off after the school board agrees to put it on the March 12 ballot" December 13, 1995 by Robin Franzen The Oregonian
"Less than 24 hours after the Beaverton School Board voted to place a $146.8 million bond issue on the March 12 election ballot, the campaign to sell the package of four new schools and other capital improvements to voters was swinging into gear.
Janet Hogue, director of Citizens for School Support, a Beaverton-based bond measure campaign organization, said Tuesday that the group was beginning a phone survey to gauge public reaction to potential elements of the pro-bond campaign. She said the effort probably would include an informational campaign via phone, mailings and neighborhood canvassing.The group also is approaching Beaverton businesses for contributions toward a $120,000 campaign war chest, an effort that Hogue said was ``going very well.'' She said the group knew of no organized opposition, but was ``waiting to see'' whether Oregon Taxpayers United -- the same group that opposed Portland's $197 million bond measure that passed Nov. 7 -- would stand in the way of Beaverton's request.
If approved, the Beaverton measure would be the second-largest in Oregon history, behind Portland's.
The school district was still working to come up with a cost estimate Tuesday. However, an estimate developed for an earlier proposed $140 million bond measure suggested a cost of roughly 70 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation if the bonds were repaid over 20 years. The average bill for owners of a $100,000 home would have been $700 per year, under that formula.
The school board, minus absent board members Sherre Calouri and Sue Downey, approved the measure's amount Monday after whittling it back from a proposed $151 million. Items eliminated from the package included: $500,000 for proposed master planning; $800,000 for design and other costs; $1 million for heating and ventilation improvements; and $1.79 million for elementary school office and middle school choral room renovations. By reducing the overall amount of the measure, the district would spend $61,444 less on costs related to the actual sale of bonds.
Of the $146,890,473 total request, more than $85 million would pay for new school construction needed to meet population growth between nowand the year 2000, during which time enrollment is expected to grow from 29,000 students to 32,000 students.
The money would cover two new elementary schools, a new middle school and a new high school, as well as 25 additional classrooms at high-growth elementary schools. Construction of the new elementary schools would begin almost immediately.Roughly $50 million would be spent to buy 90 acres for school sites, building repairs, earthquake safety improvements, handicapped-accessibility renovations, remodeling to make more efficient use of building space, and computers, video, telephone and intercom systems needed for safety and communications.
A citizen's task force recommended a $139.8 million bond-measure, but the board tacked on money to cover such things as project management, projected inflation in construction costs and the cost of selling the bonds.
Although testimony at a public hearing last week and a district-financed phone survey indicate strong public support for a large bond measure, some critics oppose the package as being too costly or not adequately addressing the long-term space problem.
Jeff Gilbert, the parent of a first-grader at Raleigh Park Elementary School, accused the board of ignoring possible ``experimental'' solutions to the district's space needs, including establishing charter schools and schooling youngsters in double shifts at the elementary level. He also criticized the district's new Westview High School, which opened in 1994, saying it was vastly overbuilt, and therefore, too expensive for taxpayers..."
"SCHOOL GROUP'S NEW CREDO: DO MORE: The Beaverton foundation steps up funding efforts and hires a director to help local schools" Sept. 9, 1999 by Laura Gunderson The Oregonian
After several years of what it calls less-focused fund raising, the Beaverton Education Foundation has decided on an aggressive approach to help Beaverton schools and students.
The 11-year-old foundation wants to move beyond handing out awards to district staff and giving small grants. It has begun an ambitious campaign to receive donations of kicker income-tax rebates and has hired its first, part-time executive director, Janet Hogue."This is just a perfect time for us to step in and do more," said Hogue, who was a leader in the Beaverton School District's successful bond campaigns in 1994 and 1996 totaling $175.4 million. "We can't restore what we've lost in schools through years of cuts, but it's important that we fund what we can and raise awareness levels.
"For our growing community, the public school system is the unifying force."
Foundations began popping up across Oregon in the last 10 years to help school districts foundering after 1990's passage of Measure 5 and subsequent tax-cutting laws that caused schools to cut fine arts and other extracurricular programs. Most foundations work independently of districts, although a couple have part-time staff paid for partially by the districts. Oregon is home to about 36 such foundations -- not counting smaller groups that support one or two schools within a district.
Beaverton's nonprofit foundation is known for the Golden Apple awards it hands out annually to teachers, administrators and classified staff, and for its distribution to teachers of grants ranging from $500 to
$2,000. It now hopes to follow the lead of more financially successful foundations such as that of the Portland Public Schools, which has raised millions of dollars and one year funded 200 teaching positions.
"The foundation has been a great support to the district over the last five years," said Yvonne Katz, superintendent of the Beaverton School District. "Their Golden Apple recognizes outstanding staff members, and that is very much appreciated by us at the central office as well as those in the school district.
Hiring an executive director is a necessary step to becoming a strong nonprofit, said Cynthia Guyer, executive director of the Portland Public Schools Foundation. "It's a sophisticated, competitive market for nonprofits," she said, "and you need a strong staff and a strong board to be successful. If your agenda is mushy or your case confused, people aren't going to give."
Established in 1996, Portland's foundation in three years has raised $6 million from individuals, small businesses and corporations. It led a fund-raising drive that collected $800,000 in tax-rebate donations in 1997 and organized a $10 million effort to rehire 200 Portland teachers laid off after budget cuts for the 1996-97 school year.
Beaverton raised $55,000 and spent $32,000 on grants and awards last year. Hogue and board members want to raise multiples of that in upcoming years. In the past, the foundation has paid for reading incentive programs, provided supplemental reading material for literacy training and given teacher and building grants for extra classroom supplies and curriculum.
This year, the foundation hopes to promote community awareness through ambitious phone and mail campaigns and to solicit business donations to expand teacher grants to as much as $20,000.
"The foundation is a way for the community to take back control of their schools," said Hogue, 46, who taught biology at Sunset High School from 1979 to 1986. She became active in school fund raising, lobbying and campaigning after the passage of Measure 5.
"As well as trying to raise money, we really want to promote partnerships with everyone from parent-teacher organizations, the teachers' union to the district," said Richard Thomas, a foundation board member. "We're not trying to compete with any of these groups, but work with them."
Beaverton will begin its first big drive next week, as students carry home fliers handed out in all the schools. They will ask people to give the foundation their tax kickers, the rebates the state returns at the end of the year when income tax collections exceed budget projections. The campaign will continue through October, and another fund-raising drive is planned for the spring.
"I don't know that new Beaverton parents have a total grasp of what all we have lost," Hogue said...
"BEAVERTON DISTRICT has $66 MILLION SURPLUS: A history of over-budgeting leaves millions untouched in the Beaverton district’s coffers" April 29, 2004 by Victoria Blake Beaverton Valley Times
"The Beaverton School District had $66 million at its disposal from previous budgets at the beginning of this school year, almost half of which could have been spent on just about anything.The money wasn’t a rainy-day reserve, and it wasn’t additional money from the state. It was money the district had in its coffers all along.
The $66 million, a cumulative balance of all the district’s funds on June 2003, was the savings from money received but not spent during the past few years. It includes the $11.8 million 2003 general fund balance, but does not include money left in the district’s $149 million capital improvement bond approved in 2000. While the bulk of the $66 million was earmarked for capital projects or debt payments, more than $27 million could have been spent on anything from football games and field trips to special education teachers and textbooks. District officials said having that much money in reserve was good fiscal management..."
"IS DISTRICT CLEANING UP KATZ' LITTER?" by Rick Casey c. 2004 The Houston Chronicle
"One shoe has dropped in the mystery of why Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Yvonne Katz resigned on three days' notice last month, leaving behind nearly three years on a $250,000-a-year contract.
District officials announced that one of her top assistants, Mike Maloney, has resigned after he and two of his subordinates were put on administrative leave with pay.
Officials said the district was conducting an investigation, but they declined to give details until it is complete.
Maloney was associate superintendent for facilities, transportation and support. He was brought to Spring Branch by Katz from Beaverton, Ore., a Portland suburb where she had been superintendent and he was facilities manager at the school district..."
"BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT FACING $40 MILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL NEXT SCHOOL YEAR" by Wendy Owen The Oregonian 01/27/11
"BEAVERTON SCHOOL BOARD KEEPS SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES A SECRET, BUT OTHER DISTRICTS ANNOUNCE THEIRS" March 01, 2011 by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian
WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, EDUCATION REFORM IS SMOKESCREEN HYPOCRISY: