Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members: When I was searching for a way to begin writing this letter, I was wondering why is it still cold today. I wore my hat, gloves and used my space heater at work. I was pondering with the thought thinking that the beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. I even bought spring candy! However, the ground hog did predict that we will have six more weeks of winter. I am looking forward to the spring season! Are you? The good news is that there are many reasons to celebrate and recognize individuals and/or groups of people: March is Women’s History Month and National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In our state and our district, we will be celebrating the classified employees for all of their contributions in our educational system. Thank you for all that you do for our teachers, students and families!
Decision on Sixth Grade Transition Postponed until March Board Meeting
The decision by the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors on whether or not to move the sixth grade from the Friday Harbor Elementary School to Friday Harbor Middle School will be postponed until the regular school board meeting scheduled for March 29, 2017. At the January 18, 2017 special school board meeting/public hearing, the elementary staff made a presentation to the board in favor of the move, citing supportive research in pedagogy and issues of crowding in the elementary school. The Board is requesting information on the impact to the 2017-2018 school year budget before making a final decision. The decision process is compounded by the uncertainty of state funding to be received by the district in the next two years. Additional information is needed for district staff to provide a clear financial projection to the board.