“Right now, I feel so grateful that I’m able to approach life with deeper appreciation than ever. We take so much for granted, including our breath. It’s a gift”
Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, Dakota Sioux
These words from Red Crow resonate with me as I write this Superintendent’s Message to our MASD community. We have much for which to be grateful with special appreciation for our Board of Directors. January is “School Board Appreciation Month,” and we have five members of the community who have been elected to serve our students and families to ensure that students receive the best education possible and that we are attending to the learning needs of every student who attends school in the Mt. Adams School District. Thank you Board of Directors: Mr. Spencer, Mr. Garcia, Mr. Bailey, Mrs. Hull, and Mrs. King.
We are building a new PreK-8 school! We are grateful for all of the people who have supported our efforts to build a new school. From legislators to tax payers and our Board members, we have many people who have worked hard to make this a reality. At the Board meeting on January 23, the Board of Directors voted 5-0 to purchase land adjacent to the Town of Harrah and to proceed with building a new PreK-8 school. Preliminary planning has already begun and soon we will schedule meetings to include staff and members of the community to provide input on this momentous project.
We have a Board of Directors who listens to our community! MASD has had two elections to raise $3 million in tax funding to build a new school. Two times, the majority of voters demonstrated that they wanted a new school – although not a “super majority” as required by law to pass the bond. As a result we worked with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and were able to find another method to meet our “local share” required to access the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP). We were given permission to use special “Rural School Construction” funding from SB 5453 as the local share. By moving forward on this project, the Board will provide what the community has asked: A new school for our students; bring approximately $30 million into the community; have no new taxes to build the school; continually improve the education for our children; and improve the quality of life for all members of the community. Congratulations to our Board of Directors for accomplishing this task and thank you for your service!
Safety and security is one of the Board’s top priorities! The Board of Directors has directed our administrative staff to continue looking for ways to improve the safety of our students and staff on the White Swan campus. I am excited to announce that the District received a grant to remodel the front office and entry of the campus to make it even safer for students and staff. At the Board meeting on January 23, 2019, the Board voted 5-0 to accept from OSPI, a “Safety and Security Modernization Grant” in the amount of $200,000 for Mt. Adams Middle School and White Swan High School. Construction will begin soon and continue during the 3rd Trimester. The new school office will be located in the current counseling center and current middle school resource room. Once the modernization is complete, the current building offices will become the new counseling center.
In the words of Mr. Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, “Right now, I feel so grateful...” Let us be grateful for the many gifts that we have been given, continue working together to make this community even better, and take the time to thank our Board of Directors for their ongoing service and commitment to our community!