It is with great pleasure that I begin my 21st year in the Selah School District and 10th as Superintendent. As we enter into the 2021-22 school year, I know we all had high hopes for a return to normalcy in schools. Despite the fact that COVID-19 is still very much a part of our world right now, I am pleased to share that we will be returning to school August 30 with full-time, in person instruction available for every family who wants it. Information about all of the instructional options available, as well as other important back-to-school information, is located on our district website.
Even though COVID continues to provide us with challenges, there is still a lot to be proud of in the Selah School District. Graduation rates continue to rise as more career pathways and college credit options are made available to students. Our dual language program enters its seventh year with the first cohort of students now entering Selah Middle School’s new dual program this year and impacting nearly 450 students over that time. With shortened seasons due to COVID last year, Selah Viking athletics still managed to capture numerous league championships as they prepare for a hopeful return to postseason competition this school year. In addition, we’ve hired or promoted some exceptional new leaders in Selah while continuing to both attract and retain the best staff around.
Another highlight of the upcoming year will be the completion of the new John Campbell Primary School. This will be the District’s 3rd new building opened in the past 7 years, not including the new addition to Selah High School. Students and staff will move into the new John Campbell campus following winter break, while the demolition of the old school and completion of exterior site work will continue into summer 2022. We are proud to say that these projects have all been completed on time and under budget.
In our schools we continue to work at creating environments where every child and staff member feels a sense of belonging while working hard to provide every student what they need to be successful in school and beyond. We do this through our dedicated staff bringing to life our whole child initiative called The Viking Promise.
In closing, I’m looking forward to being a part of a positive year for this district in spite of the many challenges we continue to face. I encourage us all to band together for the benefit of our most precious resource, our children. We truly appreciate the support and partnership of our parents and community, and we look forward to welcoming you back into our schools in 2021-22.