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Sherwood School District and City of Sherwood Partner for Landscaping

posted Mar 2, 2013, 11:06 AM by Frank Luzaich   [ updated Mar 2, 2013, 11:07 AM ]
Sherwood School District and the City of Sherwood are proud to announce a new partnership. The City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement last week allowing the City to take over all landscaping needs for District facilities and grounds. In the past, the District has had two full time positions and summer temporary help dedicated to landscaping. Budget shortfalls in previous years led to the elimination of all but one full-time position for District landscaping. In light of additional, anticipated budget reductions for the District and the desire of both the District and City to most efficiently use taxpayer resources, the two organizations were able to identify the solution for the City to begin maintaining all District grounds. 

“When you consider that the District has 20 acres of lawn areas, the partnership just makes sense from an economy of scale perspective,” said Superintendent Heather Cordie. “The City already has the infrastructure and resources in place to maintain our grounds.” “This new agreement builds upon our existing partnership foundation and allows our educational partners to focus on their core mission," stated Joseph Gall, Sherwood City Manager. "We are fortunate in Sherwood to have such innovative leadership in the Superintendent and School Board.” The agreement for landscaping services is just one example of the District and City’s efforts to be strong partners. Other partnerships include the School Resource Officer, whose salary is paid jointly by the District and City, as well as maintenance of District sports fields, to name a few.