Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. We are looking forward to greeting students back to school on September 6th. Our staff members have been working hard to prepare for the new school year. They have attended workshops and training sessions to sharpen their knowledge and skills and their ability to ensure the best possible learning experiences for all children. Our maintenance and custodial staff have been busy preparing facilities and school grounds.
There are many improvements that took place over the summer and more will continue throughout the school year that I would like to highlight.
• We are excited to report that 1,362 Chromebooks were purchased this summer for students to use throughout the school district, bringing the district total to approximately 2,000.
• Sample interactive projectors have been placed in each of the K-8 schools. If teacher feedback is positive, K-8 classrooms throughout the district will be similarly equipped later this fall. The interactive presentation stations are an excellent tool for teaching and learning. Professional development, for use of the new tools, will follow once installed.
• We are preparing for installation of a security system at Elger Bay Elementary. After sampling that product, the rest of the K-8 schools will follow. Schools will be equipped with surveillance cameras. The elementary schools will also be equipped with a controlled entrance system.
• High School and alternative program teachers will receive document cameras in November and once the new buildings are complete, projectors will be installed.
Facility improvements include:
• Four schools received exterior paint (Port Susan Middle, Utsalady, Elger Bay, and Twin City Elementary),
• Two elementary school playgrounds were renovated (Stanwood and Twin City Elementary),
• Three schools received partial flooring replacements (Utsalady, Cedarhome, Elger Bay Elementary),
• One school received partial window and stucco replacement (Stanwood Middle),
• One school had a full boiler replacement (Stanwood Elementary),
• One school received new food handling equipment in the kitchen (Stanwood Middle),
• Three schools received new gymnasium lighting (Utsalady, Elger Bay, Cedarhome Elementary), and
• One school received an updated heating and ventilation control system (Cedarhome Elementary).
The Facilities and Technology Levy, that was approved by voters in 2013, funded all of the above improvements. Planning has also begun to place a Replacement Facility and Technology measure on the February 13, 2018, ballot. The measure would propose replacing the Facilities and Technology Levy that expires at the end of 2018. The measure would include:
• Funding to maintain the district’s technology equipment and infrastructure,
• A new roof at Port Susan Middle School,
• Playground renovations at Cedarhome, Utsalady and Elger Bay Elementary Schools,
• Replacement of more windows at Stanwood Middle School,
• Parking lot repairs, and
• New fire alarm systems at Twin City and Stanwood Elementary Schools.
This proposed levy, which will not raise our local school tax rate, is a part of our comprehensive school-funding plan we have been sharing with the community for several years.
Again, I want to express my appreciation for your overwhelming support on the bond measure last spring, that includes a new Stanwood High School, Lincoln Hill High School/Lincoln Academy/Saratoga Parent Partner Program, Maintenance/Technology Center and fields. Planning for the facilities continued throughout the summer. All three of these facilities are nearing completion on the schematic design phase. Once complete, the architect will prepare cost estimates to make sure the projects are being designed within budget parameters. Following school board approval in September, the architect would begin the next level of design development. Preliminary plans include beginning the site work for the new Stanwood High School in late spring of 2018. Updates regarding this project will be available on our website.
Enjoy the last days of your summer vacation. I look forward to seeing you throughout the school year. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the students and families of the Stanwood-Camano School District. It is my sincere hope that this year will be a fantastic experience for every student and family.
Jean Shumate, Ed.D.