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Weekly Update 1-27-17

Posted by Tom Opstad at 1/27/2017

Weekly Update

January 27, 2017


Student activities continue along with classroom instruction as Aberdeen High School, Harbor High School and Miller Junior High School finish the first semester of the 2016-17 school year today.  The new semester starts on Monday, January 30, 2017.  This weekend there are numerous events taking place including several sporting events and the Bobcat Music Booster's Annual Auction on Saturday evening in the AHS Commons beginning at 6:00 p.m. (See the poster below)


On Tuesday, we received official notification that Robert Gray Elementary School is exiting their Focus status effective with the 2017-18 school year.  The exit criteria is based on the average of a school’s performance over a three year period, beginning with the 2013-14 school year and ending with the 2015-16 school year’s results.  Great job to all the staff and students at Robert Gray!


Tuesday I attended the Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. luncheon at the Grays Harbor County Club to listen to the mayors in Grays Harbor.  It was very informative and interesting to hear what each city’s focus is for the upcoming year.  The general theme was to improve infrastructure and to work on enhancing the growth of local businesses. 


We are continuing to develop the 2017-18 budget.  Our certificated staffing projection for next year is nearing completion.  I will be spending the month of February working on the classified staff budget.  My goal is to have the majority of the budget finished and ready for review by the board and the new superintendent in July.


At our regional superintendents’ meeting on Wednesday, we heard a review of the legislative progress to date.  There are many links to the legislative process that are available to community members who have an interest in the process.  I have included a link to both WASA and WSSDA legislative updates for to keep abreast of the latest news from each of these organizations.  There is also a link to the legislative page for updates on what is being heard in various committees in, "Whats happening on the floor."


WSSDA - wssda.org/Legislative/LegislativeUpdates.aspx (click on the latest 2017 Session Updates)

WASA - http://wasa-oly.org/ (click on Government Relations, This Week in Olympia)

What's happening on the floor - http://leg.wa.gov/


Thanks again and have a great weekend.


Sincerely, Tom