From the Superintendent, November 18, 2016

We’re busy at the Central Office, not only with daily work, but with the board’s vote to hold a February 14, 2017 levy election, our work now includes getting the “levy word” out.

The levy vote is for a four-year levy to replace the current maintenance and operations levy which expires at the end of 2017.

You’ll notice a new title for the levy, Replacement Educational Programs and Operation Levy, which more accurately portrays what the levy actually pays for. Other good news is the levy amount estimate per dollar is actually very close to what property tax payers within the School District pay now.

We’ll also be updating the School District’s Strategic Plan to move us forward through the next five years. Stay tuned for news about the process and how you can be involved in providing feedback. Take a few moments to read about a few of the wonderful activities happening in our schools and classrooms in this issue of Visions – Sqords for fifth graders, travels to Hurricane Ridge, Ozobots, Natural Helpers, Hamilton’s storm drain project, and more. Our teachers, principals and support staff continue to provide diverse opportunities for our students. Thank you to our many community partners who support our students’ learning in making these activities happen.

As we enter the late fall and winter seasons, let me thank our maintenance, custodial and transportation teams in advance for their continued vigilance during uncertain weather. Depending on weather conditions, decisions to close school or start late are usually made by 5:00 a.m. and generally out to the news media by 5:30 a.m. Let’s hope for a safe and incident-free winter!

Best wishes for a continued great school year!

Marc Jackson, Ed.D.