Nine Mile Falls School District

Superintendent's Message 

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

I hope this notification finds you with your lights and heating sources fully functioning.  I know that it goes without saying that last week was, at best, crazy.  I wanted to send out a quick note regarding last week’s storm and its relation to the functioning of the school district.  I realize that there was quite a bit of confusion around whether or not school would be open, particularly on Thursday.  Wednesday was a no-brainer as there was no power and a lot of debris on school campuses and throughout the community.  Late in the afternoon on Wednesday, we had power back at all of our schools.  That same afternoon, our bus drivers were out checking routes to make sure that our students could safely get to their respective bus stops.  Everything looked good for us to have school on Thursday. 

Unfortunately, there were additional power surges that occurred early on Thursday morning that knocked one of our three legs of power out at the high school.  This particular leg runs the kitchen as well as the lights for the two high school classroom wings.  The high school kitchen is used to make all of the meals in the district and then said meals are transported to the other schools.  We learned of this additional power outage much later than would have been preferred.  We made the call to cancel school just after 6:00 AM on Thursday.  Shortly after the call was made, power at the high school was restored.  However, that was short lived as the high school and much of Suncrest lost power for awhile on Thursday morning.   

Our preference will always be to have school as scheduled as we realize that cancelling school is a hardship on families as many have to find child care.  Additionally, with all of the unknowns regarding power outages, we wanted our kids to be able to come to school where there was heat and a warm meal.  When the rest of world is crazy, routine is a good thing.  That being said, however, we will make school closure decisions based on the safety and security of our students and staff.  In the event that a late-start or school closure call has to be made, we will do our best to get that information out as early as possible.  It is our district’s procedure to alert our families and the media when a decision has been made to either delay or to close schools;  we will not notify you when school reopens.  In other words, no news is good news.  I am aware that there was some misinformation on one of our region’s media outlets.  Our district website ( and our snow line (340-4321) are updated by district staff.  If you receive conflicting information, please check one of the aforementioned as those two resources are accurate. 

With the mayhem of last week, I thank you all for your patience and understanding. 

Warm Regards,
Brian L. Talbott, Superintendent

Last Modified on November 23, 2015