Superintendent's Message

Superintendent, John Schieche
As we enter 2018, we are enthusiastic about what the New Year holds for our District.
 
In late 2017, we welcomed two new members to our School Board of Directors: Seth Basford and Ray Wiseman. Both of these individuals bring unique qualities that will serve our students and schools well. We honor all of our Board of Directors this month for the work that they do to ensure high quality education is possible for all of our East Valley students.
 
As many of you may know, our East Valley High School Modernization and Expansion project was put on hold last August after legislators were unable to compromise on the Hirst Water Bill, which had been attached to the State Capital Budget. We are excited to announce that on January 18, 2018, the State Legislature came to an agreement and the Capital Budget was passed. With this exciting news, we are preparing to move forward with putting our high school project out to bid and anticipate construction to begin soon. We thank you for your patience  and understanding as we have endured this long process and look forward to sharing our progress on this project throughout the year.
 
On the February 2018 election ballot, residents of East Valley will notice that the School District is requesting a 3- year replacement Educational Support & Operations Levy.  Voters will need to return mail-in ballots by February 13, 2018. We encourage voters to become educated on the details of this levy by reading, LEVY FACTS, on pages 4-5.
 
Our District continues to focus on providing safe and secure schools for our students, staff and community. We encourage community members to stay engaged in this process by anonymously reporting incidents and concerns. To report crimes, bullying or other safety risks, please visit Safe Schools. This reporting site operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and automatically notifies District Administrators of every concern logged. You may access this site at https://evsd90-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/.
 
We know that the impending Rattlesnake Ridge landslide may have many families and community members concerned. Please rest assured knowing that we are in constant contact with the Office of Emergency Management and have been evaluating what the potential impact could be for our schools and community. We are preparing our schools and staff members with how to best support our students, families and community if difficulties should arise due to this unfortunate event.
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