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Superintendent's Message

May 7, 2019

Happy Springtime!

Dear Chimacum Community:

Have you ever considered school board service?  If so, for the open seats of Chimacum’s board the filing period is one week long and begins Monday.  All interested in securing a four year term on the school board must file next week. For more information on how to file see https://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/1266/Elections.  You can also access the district website to learn more about school board elections here:  www.csd49.org

Have you been following the Legislative Session which just ended on April 28?  The debate about school funding continues. While some (in many cases larger) districts saw an increase in their funding, by increasing their ability to raise more revenue from the local levy the Chimacum funding did not change in any substantial way.  This is due to the vast changes to school funding formulas in 2017.  We did see a slight uptick in Special Education funding, which begins to move in the right direction. 

Over the last few weeks we have had a committee of staff and community members present a series of solutions to the challenges the district is facing with enrollment.  This school year enrollment has remained steady and I am optimistic that more families will see the absolute value in a Chimacum education.  We have so many exciting things happening in the school district. 

Just look at this list of community support for our students:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) gathering volunteers for Kindergarten Literacy and 3rd grade mathematics; the family of Chimacum High School Class of 1953 valedictorian Robert Roe who have supported STEM in our district; WSU and 4H working together to apply for a competitive 21st Century Learning Grant which, if awarded, will provide exciting after school programming for our students; East Jefferson County Rotary Club under the direction of President-Elect Paul Wyncoop donating the construction of an outdoor pavilion on our main campus; a recently awarded Garden Grant for over $100,000 which goes to support wellness activities on both campuses, a grant which would not have been possible without the tremendous support of the Community Wellness Project.

I would also like to recognize Boeing Blue Bills and the Peninsula Support Organization for their ongoing technical and financial support for STEM activities. The Robotics Fair on April 16, organized by Chimacum Elementary School, is an example of great things happening in our schools.  The STEM list of donors includes:

  • Port Ludlow Associates
  • Shine Micro
  • Windermere Real Estate
  • Autoworks
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate
  • John L. Scott Real Estate
  • Coast Seafoods
  • Circle and Square

Please join me in thanking these organizations for their ongoing support of Chimacum Schools.

Don’t forget the commencement of the Class of 2019 which will be held at 1 pm on June 8.

Let me know if you have any questions,

 

Rick Thompson

(360) 302-5896

rick_thompson@csd49.org





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