Friday, November 9, 2018
We are two months into the 2018-2019 school year and already have much to celebrate! We have welcomed 55 new employees in our buildings and are encouraged by their enthusiasm for educating all of our East Valley students.
After thoughtful negotiations, on September 5, 2018, we ratified the 2018-2019 EVEA Collective Bargaining agreement that allows us to continue to offer very competitive salaries for our certificated employees. We are confident that this agreement will allow us to retain existing and recruit new highly qualified employees in future years. We are currently negotiating with our classified Public School Employees and are hopeful that we will be able to come to an agreement that is mutually beneficial soon.
Our East Valley High School Modernization and Expansion project is progressing on schedule. As we near the winter months, work on the new additions will be headed indoors. After we return from winter break, some classrooms will be moving, as we begin the remodel of our existing building. We ask that our community be patient with us as we embark on this next phase of construction. We understand that there will be some temporary inconveniences as the project continues, but we are encouraged daily as we look out toward what will be our new and improved high school. The changes that are being made now, will benefit our district for years by providing a safe and secure school that promotes opportunities for growth and innovation.
I am thrilled to share that two of our buildings, East Valley Central Middle School and East Valley Elementary, were recognized with 2018 School of Distinction Awards. Both schools have been recognized with this award for the third consecutive year. This signifies all of the collaborative hard work and dedication of our professional learning communities.
As always, the safety of our students and our staff is our highest priority. Our focus on providing safe and secure schools is on the forefront of our district and school planning. East Valley Schools are members of the ESD 105’s SSOCC program, aimed at helping districts create well-thought and organized crisis plans and preventative programs. Representatives from all of our five buildings and the district, meet with local responders from the Moxee Police Department, East Valley Fire Departments and the Yakima County Sheriff’s office quarterly to discuss how we can continuously improve our systems. During start-up week this year, we equipped all teachers with phase one of Gap Training (a training that prepares staff in how to respond during the gap time of when a crisis begins and when law enforcement arrives) and are in the process of scheduling phase two. As always, our best defense against threat, is you! If you see something concerning, please say something!
-John Schieche, Superintendent of East Valley School District No.90