As winter gives way to spring, we too are in a time of transition. Although there is still a full quarter left in the school year, we are beginning to plan and to prepare for 2016-17. Below are some of the endeavors that are currently under way. Some long-time staff members have made the decision to retire at the conclusion of the year. That being said, we are in the process of posting these positions so that we can compete with other districts that are also looking for new staff members. We are thankful for the many years of dedicated service of these retirees and wish them every bit of happiness in the future. Several of the district’s previous bonds will be recallable (eligible for refinancing) in the near future. We are in the process of putting these bonds out to potential investors as interest rates remain very low. As part of this process, we have determined a minimum threshold of savings. If the recallable bonds meet the minimum requirement, you, along with all other property owners in the district, will see a reduction in your taxes. I will update you on this in the final newsletter of the year. Speaking of bonds, we are still in the process of determining when the high school bond will appear before the voters again. The lack of adequate educational spaces, safety concerns, and outdated systems have not gone away since the bond failed; thus, running the bond again is inevitable. Soon we will be pulling the original facilities committee back together to discuss the project as well as associated costs. In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing the current building first hand, I would enjoy the opportunity to provide you with a tour. I hope this newsletter finds you well. As always, I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss all things Nine Mile Falls.