Dear Fabulous Community Members, Happy 2019! This school year, all of our schools have been working to increase consistent and systemic protective factors for our students so that regardless of whatever else may be happening in a student’s life, ALL students find school a safe place to learn, with practices they can count on, and a place where they are cared for. Our schools have found ways to have students ready themselves for learning quickly, thus ensuring a consistent learning environment each time their teachers are ready to begin. In one school, all staff members, in their initial greeting of students, ask each student what is going well for them. So, regardless of all the possible turmoil a student might have in their life, they start their day at school reminding themselves of what is going well, that staff care for them, providing them with a kick start to a productive day.
January 31, 2019
On Wednesday, January 30, the Board of Directors of San Juan Island School District appointed current Interim Superintendent, Kari McVeigh as Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year and Fred Woods as a Superintendent Intern for next school year.
Fred will continue as principal of Friday Harbor High School, along with his intern duties for the 2019-20 school year. During the year, Fred will meet with and be mentored by Kari and the Board of Directors on a regular basis. He will be given Superintendent-level tasks to perform and have his performance evaluated by both the Board and the Superintendent.
If, as the Board believes will be true, Fred proves to be the right choice as successor superintendent, in February 2020 he will be offered a three-year contract as Superintendent of San Juan Island School District for the position starting on July 1, 2020.
Not only does this process allow San Juan Island School District to grow their own District level leadership, it will allow the Board of Directors to see the successor superintendent’s work -- in action -- prior to any formal contract. It will also allow the new superintendent to hit the ground running, wasting no time in getting to know the issues and community and thus making for a smooth and productive transition.
Both Fred and Kari are thrilled to have this opportunity to provide San Juan Island School District with strong stable leadership, for what the District hopes, will be many years to come.
We see you out there capturing wonderful photos of school activities and events and we would love to use them to promote the exciting things happening in our schools!
If you have a photo(s) you would like to share, please email with a brief description to: SJISD_Communications@sjisd.wednet.edu.