Superintendent's Update: November 13, 2019

Educator of the Year Award

I am pleased to let you know about another statewide educator award. Sarah Fisher, a teacher at Central Kitsap High School, was selected as the American Legion 6-12 Educator of the Year. Sarah’s award was announced during a staff meeting on October 31, in recognition of her career success and community service. Sarah is described by her students as influential, kind, and understanding and is often cited as their favorite. We are proud of Sarah and grateful for her work at CK High!

Visit to Northshore School District

Last Monday, several of us met with officials from Northshore School District (Bothell, WA). Northshore is doing some great work around equity and diversity, and we are eager to learn from them. During our visit, we discussed Northshore’s commitment to supporting and sustaining an educational community that is inclusive, diverse and equitable. We also had the opportunity to dialogue with members of their school equity teams. We are excited about our continued journey forward for our students, staff and community. 

Visit with Alaska Airlines + Horizon Air

Last Tuesday, we met with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air officials to discuss the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding. Our partnership is focused on flight operations and maintenance. This proposed agreement would allow for student tours at the SeaTac Horizon facility, guest speakers and career presentations, a student summer experience, and a commitment to interview recent graduates. We expect to sign the MOU in December. 

Leading Ed Solutions Conference

Late last week I attended the fall gathering of Leading Ed Solutions, a community of superintendents and leaders from across the country providing solutions, strategy and support around educational critical issues. We learned from national and global experts about student safety (physical and social/emotional) and focused on pragmatic solutions and strategies. This collegial network provides a deep dialogue with leaders and will continue throughout the year through webinars, networking calls and a spring gathering.

Seabeck Demolition

I wanted you to be aware that our demolition contractor (TITAN Earthwork) plans to begin demolition of Seabeck Elementary School on Monday, November 18. They expect it will take approximately four days to complete.

Board of Distinction

Finally, it is my pleasure to recognize our school board for earning a Board of Distinction award from the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). This award honors school boards that demonstrate alignment with research-based governance practices to increase student and district achievement. I look forward to seeing our board members presented with this award during the WSSDA Annual Conference later this month. Congratulations!