Brian L. TalbottDecember 2018Dear Neighbors,In this season of giving thanks and recognizing the many things that we are blessed with, let me begin this letter with my gratitude of your continuous support for this district’s students, staff, and schools. I am very proud to live and work in this great community. Below, I wish to outline and address some of the things for which I am most thankful.
Through your aforementioned support, we are nearing the end of the Lakeside Middle School capital levy project. Aside from the new roof membrane and the thirty plus rooftop HVAC units, we have been able to add more security cameras, both internally and externally, as well as a single point-of-entry system. This system requires daytime visitors, once identified, to be “buzzed in” to access the building. Additionally, the intercom system throughout the building was limping along and is being replaced. We are still in the process of determining the best course of action with the lighting configuration in the main parking lot.
Many of you are probably aware of the difficult negotiations season that school districts and labor groups endured last spring and even currently. Across the state, and certainly within the region, these meetings often became tenuous, personal, and at times unprofessional. That being said, I am proud to share with you that none of the previously stated occurred between labor and management within this district. Unfortunately, the legislature did not provide labor groups and/or school districts with a clear and concise direction for their “full-funding” plan. Instead, each of the 295 school districts across the state was left to pave its own way. In this regard, I am not at all afraid to speak on both the side of our labor groups, as well as that of the district, when I say that it was a long and sometimes difficult summer (and beyond) of negotiations. However, I can also share that both teams came to the table to discuss “our district, our employees, and our students”. At the end of the ratified and approved collective bargaining agreements, all parties had eyes toward the future with a focus on what is best for our students. I am grateful to all of those at the bargaining table for focusing on only the Nine Mile Falls School District.
As a school district, we are the beneficiaries of amazing business partners locally, regionally, and statewide. The number of partnerships that the district has are too numerous to list, and I do not wish to forget anyone. I can share that the educational programs of our district would look much different and not as robust without them.
I am appreciative of the many adults (support staff, teachers, coaches, administrators, and school board members) who serve our students. I have the privilege of walking the halls of our schools, visiting classrooms, and watching our kids perform and compete. As such, I am constantly reminded of the commitment and dedication of our staff members to the overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being of our students.
As a parent of one who has graduated, another who will soon, and a third who will not long after that…I thank this community, the staff and board, and all of our educational partners. While I believe that ultimately it is my responsibility to raise my children, I am well aware that it truly does take a village. I am thankful for this great village…both personally and professionally.
Brian L Talbott, Superintendent
Last Modified on December 3, 2018