In my seventh year as Superintendent of the Selah School District, I continue to feel honored to be a part of a team dedicated to student success. We know it takes all of us working together to create outstanding learning environments and experiences for our students. The meaningful work we complete in the District has set the foundation for new opportunities to improve the futures of our students as we continue to follow our core purpose of ensuring high levels of learning.
This year as a District our emphasis will continue to be on creating equitable learning experiences for all students in Selah to close the opportunity gaps that exist. While every gap that exists is important, we have made it a choice to prioritize meeting the academic and social emotional needs of our students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is the metric used to define poverty within public schools. By focusing on strategies that support this group of students, we ultimately help strengthen learning for all kids in Selah. In addition, the District will also work on creating its new three-year priority plan that will used to guide student learning and achievement focus as we continue to provide quality educational opportunities and cultivate a lifelong learning for all. Also, excitement will continue to grow throughout the year as the District builds progress with the construction of a new Kindergarten Campus approved by the passage of last spring’s Facilities Bond. Groundbreaking at the Kindergarten Campus is expected in April 2019. The second project associated with the passage of last spring’s bond package to replace and restructure John Campbell Primary School is the construction of a new first and second grade campus. Design work for this school is targeted to begin in February 2019.
My aim is to again collaborate with others to make decisions, which provide the best opportunities that equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to help them realize their dreams. With this, I am excited to maintain strong relationships with parents and the community. Parents and patrons are essential partners in the overall success of students, and the District's strong ties to the community help create the best educational environment for them.
As always, thank you for your support of our District and for being a part of The Viking Way!