The Washington School District’s annual budget report includes a list of accomplishments from the past school year.
The school board last week adopted a new $56.8 million spending plan for 2018-19.
In addition to a breakdown of expenditures and revenues by source, the 30-page budget report also notes district highlights, and how the budget keeps the district’s mission, goals and priorities at the forefront.
“This budget is cognizant of our desires to prepare students for a future, than in some case, we can’t even fathom yet,” Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer noted in the executive summary.
“We will always remain focused on producing college/career ready students,” she said. “With strong financial backing and accountability, and a budget aligned with our strategic goals, we can ensure progress.”
VanLeer also stated that success is a direct result of quality teachers, leaders and support personnel who work with students every day.
“We understand adequate funding gives educators access to the resources they need to support students and the growing demands placed upon them,” she said. “We must encourage a growth mind-set in our employees and our students.”
Among the accomplishments noted in the budget report the completion of the 1:1 (one computer/one student) plan with the rollout of chromebooks to eighth-graders this past year.
“This completed the goal of a 1:1 environment in grades three to 12,” VanLeer noted.
The third Pathways for Teachers team also was established this past year and funded through a state grant and Title funds. The team of 60 faculty and staff toured local industries, visited innovative schools and strategically planned.
VanLeer said the culminating event was participation in a Summer Institute which included three days of training in Project Based Learning from the Buck Institute or externships coupled with lesson and project planning.
The district also formed a new partnership with Mercy Hospital to launch a new Health Science Academy of Innovation. A classroom will be located at Mercy guaranteeing the most authentic learning environment, VanLeer said.
Additionally, more than 300 business and community leaders visited, utilized or partnered with the district’s Confluence incubator space at the Four Rivers Career Center. This space is used by the district’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies students, along with career and technical education programming.
The budget report also highlights other successes specific to individual employees or schools buildings.
VanLeer said the district will continue to set lofty goals for the good of students, regardless of continual challenges.