This has been a great start to the 2016-2017 school year. Our enrollment has been steady at 939 students in grades K-12. We have many new students and several new staff members that we are fortunate to have on our educational team.
The next Legislative Session will begin soon so I will remain vigilant about the proposals and budget related issues that are discussed. The Legislators will once again be tasked with resolving the court order to fully fund public schools in our state. This requirement has been kicked down the road each legislative session so let’s hope that full funding is addressed and resolved this time.
With funds saved throughout this school year if possible, we hope to address some of the maintenance and/or repair projects that were part of the failed Capitol Improvement Bond. However, this must be balanced with the goal to continue staffing and programs that we wish to keep that benefit our students. We strive to do our very best to address these projects when funding allows.
We continue to research new concepts, ideas or different processes in order to meet the various needs of our students so they can be successful. The primary school’s Leader in Me program is one of those successful programs. The students learn about character, responsibility, dependability and then are recognized when they exemplify what they have learned. The high school and middle school FFA programs have had numerous success stories and one of the best is that two of our middle school students received national awards after competing against students much older! Another program we are excited about is the Astronomy Club at the middle school where students are learning about our galaxy. The “Watch D.O.G.S” (Dads of Great Students) program at primary school bring our role model Dads into the classroom! It is exciting staff ideas like these examples that help to shape a supportive environment for our students in each school.
We have been fortunate to have staff that has secured outside grant funding or donations to support our schools. Congratulations to Josh Krieg was able to secure a $25,000 grant to update the equipment in our agri-science programs. Iberdrola/Avangrid Renewables, our local renewable energy business, has donated funds to make certain “No Child Goes Hungry” with a $3,550 donation to support student nutrition needs – what a great community business partner! There are many people who continue to support our students in a variety of ways and we thank you for this generosity.
Thank you very much for your continued support of the Goldendale School District. Please feel free to contact me at 773-5177 or any school official when ever a question or concern may arise so that we have the opportunity to address it.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason as I am always open to new ideas and suggestions. You may reach me at 773-5177, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the office at 604 E. Brooks Street, Goldendale. You may also contact any of the school principals, John Westerman at GHS @ 773-5846, Dave Barta at GMS @ 773-4323 or Chip Ferrell at GPS @ 773-4665.