Superintendent Rick Thompson
I can hear Pomp and Circumstance now for the class of 2014 (do you know who wrote March No. 1?). Despite that fact that it is currently snowing, our spring athletes begin in a week. Here is an update on the work ahead in the San Juan Island School District.
ü STEM Renovation
Next month the Voc/Tech building renovation into the STEM center will be advertised for bidders. This is a public works project financed by the WA State legislature. The building is nearly 7,000 square feet of industrial work space. The project is expected to start before school is out and be ready for second semester, at the beginning of 2015. Any interested contractor should consult with John Gresseth Architects in Friday Harbor to review bid documents. The project will be awarded by the school board to the lowest responsible bidder. This is the building behind Friday Harbor High School by the school buses.
ü Blair Street Improvement Project
Working with the Town of Friday Harbor, the District will provide $25,000 in capital funding to substantially improve the streets, parking and sidewalks in front of Friday Harbor Middle and High Schools. The project is expected to begin this summer.
ü Academic Calendar for 2014-15
The school board will approve the calendar for next year this spring. Prior to approval, the calendar will be jointly created by the District and officials from the San Juan Education Association and Public School Employees. Before sending the calendar to the board for approval, the District will ask for public input.
ü Complete the Consolidated Program Review
This is a state-level system monitoring of multiple federally funded programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The vast majority of the Districts’ required documentation has been submitted to the state for a desk review. This monitoring takes place every six years to ensure that the District complies with a vast array of laws, policies, procedures and regulations, both at the state and federal levels.
ü 2014-15 Budget Adoption
This summer the school board will need to adopt the District’s budget for next year. Thanks to a successful school levy campaign and generous local support, we expect cuts to be at a minimum. This will depend, as it has in the past, on the level of state support. This is a supplemental budget year, and the legislature is expected to sine die in March. We are hoping for greater steps in the effort for full funding of public education. For more information please see www.waschoolexcellence.org (Networks for Excellence in Washington Schools).
ü Support from San Juan Public Schools Foundation
We will also put together our Foundation “wish lists” for next year. Your school leaders basically consult with teachers to determine where the needs are, then create a prioritized list. Remember, these are dollars from the business partnerships, Knowledge Bowl, phone-a-thon, and the like. Every dollar that you give goes straight into the classroom! Please see www.sjsf.org for more information.