Still looking to make a decision by May on going to referendum this fall to fund new schools, the Oregon school board is getting ready to take its message to the people – and get their reactions.
During another “work session” at Monday night’s board meeting, members discussed the four options presented by a district growth task force last month, as well as estimated enrollments and possible time frames. While they are still a ways from endorsing a final plan, they are continuing “feedback and engagement,” with the goal of getting some community input on plans starting later this month.
Superintendent Brian Busler said the district held a communication meeting last week to figure out a three-step process. He said district officials would like to conduct around 10 focus groups between “now and the end of April, or perhaps the first week of May.”
“We’re thinking of casting that net super wide and putting out a couple of advertisements,” he said. “If anyone is interested in participating, they are welcome to contact me and (district communications director) Erika (Mundinger).”
Ideally, the groups would have about 10 participants, “because that generates the best participation,” Busler said. The district is still working on questions for the focus groups and is looking to do a “pilot” focus group later this month.
“Erika and I are working on it and hope to have that for you soon,” he told board members.
A second part is a district-wide mailer, which is scheduled to be sent out to district residents April 16.
Lastly, the district is creating informational displays to be placed at locations and businesses around Oregon.