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San Juan Island SD Career & Technology Program awarded $84K grant to purchase Switch EV lab lithium-ion system (hyper9) package.

LWVSJ Observer Corps* Notes on San Juan Island School District Board meeting on March 27, 2024.

Griffin Bay School showcased their program to the board. A student spoke about how the school format helped him stay on track. A profile of students who live off island but attend the school showed the reach of online learning in supporting students to make it through school. The district plans more outreach to other districts to show how Griffin Bay’s model works.

Student body representative Aaron Orozco reported the drama group got a superior award at the Olympia program where they qualified for the national competition. The 9-10 graders won the Knowledge Bowl, and the 8th graders won the best dressed competition.

Superintendent Woods reported they applied for a grant to provide staff a paid voluntary one-day training just before school begins. The school district is considering more professional development options for teachers including a course on artificial intelligence hopefully before the 2024-2025 school year begins.

Band teacher Chris Schuh requested funding for two trips. One trip is to the Central Washington University Jazz band Festival on May 3-4 in Ellensburg. Students will perform and take classes on their instruments. The second trip would be to the Seattle Heritage festival on April 3-6, 2025, to perform and take classes. The board approved both trips.

The board heard about the Highly Capable Program which offers gifted learners a faster pace, a chance to explore concepts at a deeper level than in the standard curriculum and more interaction with their intellectual peers. The goal of the district’s program is to identify and structure formats to keep gifted learners engaged as they progress through the grades and to support them in interacting with other students. The Board approved $25,000 for the program.

The Career and Technical Education program was awarded an $84,297.00 grant to purchase a Switch EV lab lithium-ion system (hyper9) package. This is a car that can be developed, assembled, run, and then taken apart to be used with the next class for up to 10 years. Students will learn about hybrid technology, battery technology, and assembly requirements that will assist in employment in the EV field.

In the financial report, the district headcount is running higher than budget projection for all three schools. Several students from Lopez Island are attending school on SJI. The overall budget remains on target.

The school board reviewed and discussed their goals for 2023-2025. On April 27th the regional Washington State School District Association meeting will be held in Friday Harbor. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will attend.


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