Nine Mile Falls School District

Superintendent's Message 

Superintendent Brian Talbott
 Brian L. Talbott 
September 2015
Dear Neighbors, 

Welcome Back!  September 1st witnessed the return of our students across the district.  Staff members began rolling into their respective buildings in the middle of August in preparation for a smooth start.  As I toured the buildings during the first week, it was obvious that this planning helped to create a great kickoff to the 2015-16 school year. 

 We had an incredibly busy summer after the students and staff left in mid-June.  This may have been the largest hiring season that I have experienced during my tenure in the district.  We welcomed many new staff members; those folks are eager and ready to serve the students and families of our community.  I am so grateful that we are able to attract such quality educators.  We also had a number of staff members move to new positions and buildings; we are blessed with dedicated and capable employees.      

For the first time in district history, we are offering All-Day Kindergarten at both Lake Spokane Elementary and Nine Mile Falls Elementary.  Expanding our kindergarten program to full-day has been a goal of Nine Mile Falls for many years.  It became possible when the state legislature passed a budget after its third special session that included funding at Lake Spokane only.  In the interest of equity across the district, the Board of Directors approved full-day kindergarten at both elementary schools.  Many schools and districts across the region have been able to provide this for their students through state funding.  Although our students only attended half-time prior to this year, our teachers were expected to have their students ready for first grade despite only having half of the time to prepare them.  Our true hope is that our kiddos will now be able to absorb their learning and enjoy more so, the educational journey. We are excited about what this opportunity will mean for our young students. 

As we are all well aware, our state and region has literally been on fire.  During the month of August, our staff responded to regional needs by opening up our schools as shelters for those that were being evacuated.  Additionally, Lakeside High School partnered with the Department of Natural Resources and Stevens County Fire District #1 as the campus became home to several hundred firefighters and crew.  Our relationship with emergency responders is certainly bilateral, and we are pleased that we were able to offer our grounds and buildings for their use as those brave men and women were out protecting life and property.  I am proud of our maintenance department and custodial staff who were there to assist and support during and throughout the time that the facility was being used.

Speaking of Lakeside High School, I have been asked by many if and when the district will run a bond measure again.  At this point I am unable to say that there is a definitive plan.  While the need still exists, more work and opportunities to share and discuss within the community are necessary.  As more information is gathered, we will provide that to our families and neighbors.

In the very near future, the NMFSD will be launching a feedback opportunity with any and all interested stakeholders within the district.  The vehicle that will be used is called Thoughtexchange; the sole purpose of this endeavor is to build a two-way link between your concerns, interests, and input and the direction of the school district.  If you decide to participate, and I truly hope that you will, your anonymous feedback will help to identify and prioritize those areas that need attention.

 In closing, I am excited for what this school year will bring.  As always, I invite dialogue and would be happy to meet with you to discuss those things that are pertinent to our schools and community.   

Warm Regards,
Brian L. Talbott, Superintendent

Last Modified on September 4, 2015