It is hard to believe that I am nearing the completion of my sixth year as the superintendent of the Nine Mile Falls School District. When we arrived here as a family, we sent our oldest on to his first year of middle school at LMS and our next-born on to second grade at NMFE…our youngest was not yet school-aged. Next year, each of our children will complete their final year at LHS, LMS, and NMFE respectfully. Like you, I wonder where the time goes and how it is even possible that my children are growing so fast while I am staying so young. My own children have received excellent educational and extra-curricular opportunities throughout their time in this great district. I am ever thankful for the commitment and dedication of the staff that makes this district exceptional for all of our students.
In early January, the district entered into a facilities study with the main focus being placed on Lakeside High School and its surrounding campus. In mid-February, a facilities committee was created to assess the current reality and to help formulate a potential bond plan to address facility concerns. Said committee has been meeting monthly and is made up of staff, students, parents, and community members. To date, several options have come to the forefront, and I anticipate that toward the latter part of summer or early fall, a recommendation will be brought forward by the committee. From there, the recommendation will be entertained by the Board of Directors as to whether or not a bond measure will be placed on an upcoming ballot. If this is to be the case, you can expect that there will be multiple opportunities to gather and meet to discuss and share your thoughts and concerns as we answer questions about the process and recommendation.
Although our schools will be quiet during the summer months, we will be busy here at the district office. As always, I invite you in to dialogue about education and our district or to just share a cup of coffee…or iced tea depending upon the weather.