Dear Community Members,
Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent
I’d like to begin by thanking you for your support of ourreplacement Maintenance & Operations and Technologylevies. These measures passed with a more than 65 percentapproval rate. We are truly honored by your trust andcontinued support of our school district.
As a district, we work hard to maintain your confidence inhow we manage our financial resources. One example of thisis the recent refinancing of the 2006 bond, which will result ina decrease in interest payments for taxpayers equaling morethan $809,500 over the life of the bond. We were also able torefinance other portions of the bond in 2012 and 2013. Thecombined refinances save taxpayers a total of $2.3 million overthe life of the bonds.
Your school board and I are keeping a close eye on
this year’s legislative session. At the end of January, weattended the annual Legislative Conference, hosted by
the Washington State School Director’s Association,
where we received updates from Gov. Inslee’s office,Superintendent Dorn and state budget analysts. We alsohad the opportunity to meet with our local legislators tourge them to continue to support K-12 education throughfull funding, and to explain how proposed legislation wouldimpact our district and students.
There’s always a buzz of anticipation in our schools as wetransition into springtime. In addition to nicer weather andfun-filled concerts and school events, springtime marks thesecond semester of the school year and annual state testing.
This school year, students will continue to take theMeasurements of Student Progress (MSP), the High SchoolProficiency Exam (HSPE) and End-of-Course (EOC) Examsin math and science. Students at Sunnycrest ElementarySchool, Lake Stevens Middle School, North Lake MiddleSchool and Cavelero Mid High School will forgo the MSP and
HSPE to participate in a pilot of the new Smarter BalancedAssessment, which is aligned to the Common Core StateStandards. For detailed information about state testing andCommon Core, please read the articles on pages 1 and 2 ofthis newsletter.
I am exceedingly proud of the efforts of our teachers, leadersand staff members, and their relentless focus on studentachievement. Results of last year’s state testing showedoutstanding results across the district, and I’m confident ourefforts will be validated once again.
Throughout this school year, a significant amount ofadministrator, teacher and staff professional developmenttime has been dedicated to implementation of the CommonCore State Standards, teacher and principal evaluations, theCharlotte Danielson Framework and using student data. Workis also ongoing districtwide to meet the goals of our three-yearFoundation for Excellence.
This is just a snapshot of the many wonderful things that arehappening in Lake Stevens Schools. I am proud to be yoursuperintendent and to have the good fortune to work withstudents and staff on a daily basis. I welcome and encourageany questions you have about our schools.