As we near the end of the fall season, we are thankful that we already have much to celebrate about in the East Valley School District. The purchase and deployment of over 3,000 Chromebooks has ensured that we will meet our goal of 1:1 Technology for our students, we have received confirmation that we will once again receive an annual grant of $217,000 per year for the next 7 years to offer the University of Washington’s GEAR UP program at East Valley Central, and the expansion of our very successful dual language program from K-5 to K-8, all bring great excitement for the future. We are encouraged by the continued support of our staff, students, families and community members and for the great start to a new school year.
Replacement Levy Coming Soon – Over the past several months the East Valley School District has been working to analyze and interpret new state requirements associated with levy funding. We are in the process of projecting District levy funding needs that align with the state’s new levy requirements, which establish guidelines that levy funds be used to provide enrichment opportunities for our students. Be on the lookout for levy-specific communications in the very near future.
East Valley High School Construction Project – I am extremely discouraged that our State legislators have not approved the State Capital Budget, which is necessary to open bids for the addition and renovation work needed to update East Valley High School to ensure that it has the capacity to serve our growing student population. The $61 million high school project has been out for bid since July and was originally projected to be awarded in August. Work on this project has been put on hold until our legislative parties can agree on approving the Capital Budget. I am very concerned that the overall costs of this project may be impacted due to the escalating costs of construction materials as a result of the recent national and international hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters. I urge you to contact local legislators to share your opinion regarding this very important issue.
Continuous Improvement in Student Learning – We are committed to the goal for every child making at least one year’s growth in each of their subject areas by the end of the school year. These efforts are being supported by the collaboration of teachers, working more closely together to determine the learning needs of every child. The implementation of individualized remediation and intervention programs for students based on these focused team efforts, along with the implementation of new reading and math curriculums in the last two years, have further aided in our student growth successes.
We look forward to the continued achievement of our students as we strive for excellence every day, in every classroom for every child in our district. Thank you for your involvement in a great beginning to the 2017-2018 school year.
John Schieche, Superintendent