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San Juan Island School District: Transition to Kindergarten starting this fall

LWVSJ Observer Corps* Notes about the San Juan Island School District School Board, January 31, 2024 meeting. The governor proclaimed February as School Board Appreciation Month. The ASB representative for the high school, the middle school principal and an elementary school team of students presented cards of appreciation. Fred thanked the board for all that they do.

Student Activities: The Eco Club recently went to Olympia to support Re-Wrap Day. The students asked legislators to pass a bill making plastic packaging producers financially support recycling packaging.

A team of Friday Harbor High School students was one of 60 winners nationwide in the NASA TechRise Challenge.  NASA will provide funds and technical support for their radiation shielding experiment.  

Students have just completed finals.

The band raised about $5,000 selling Krispy Crème donuts. 

FH boys’ and girls’ basketball teams defeated Orcas. 

Superintendent Fred Woods reported the Transition to Kindergarten (TTK) program for 4-year- olds is going forward with classes to be filled by May and starting in the Fall. The pre-K program began with 7 students.  

Over the MLK break several pipes broke at the elementary and high school. Emergency repairs were done, and insurance claims have been filed.  

The District made Levy presentations to the public. Voting will end on Tuesday, February 13. Folks are encouraged to turn in their ballots.  

The District is seeking funding for one day of teachers’ training in the fall before school begins. 

Faith Knight presented the results of the annual Sexual Harassment Review. There were no new recommendations.  

The Board approved a three-year extension to Supervisor Woods’s contract. Student enrollment remains steady, and the budgets are on plan 

Superintendent Woods, and board members John Kurtz and TJ Heller went to Olympia January 28-29 to address school funding issues, asking our legislators to revise the current restrictions on accessing funds approved by voters. SJI School District is capped at a much lower funding level than the voters have approved. The Board will continue to lobby to more equitably apply the regionalization formula that affects our schools. 

The Washington Association of School Districts will hold its April 27 meeting in Friday Harbor. 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization encourages informed participation in government. The Observer Corps attends and takes notes at government meetings to expand public understanding of public policy and decisions. The notes do not necessarily reflect the views of the League or its members.

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