Dear ESD parents and staff,
We are off to a great start here in Ellensburg for the 2018-2019 school year. Our all staff “Welcome Back” celebration on September 4th was a great way to recognize our incoming staff members and honor our veteran personnel.
A special thank you to the middle and high school ASB students who used their “bulldog pride” to greet ESD staff as they entered Morgan Middle School. Their presence was a good reminder about the importance of our work together to empower our students to be lifelong learners.
After synthesizing much input from parent surveys, staff members and participants during this year’s Leadership Retreat, the major themes for this year are equity, empowerment, community and communication. To increase communication and input from staff, parents and community members, an invitation to join one of our district-wide committees was sent out today. This diagram demonstrates the four committees.
An important outcome for all of these committees will be to develop ESD’s Strategic Plan. Please consider applying for one of these committees. The work of these committees will be vital to giving staff, parents and community members a voice at a district-wide level and moving Ellensburg School District to the next level of excellence. This application process will close September 28th and the first committee meetings will occur at 5:30 on Monday October 22nd.
In order to increase communication regarding central office roles and responsibilities, an organizational chart has been created, along with phone numbers to contact various personnel. We also intend to work on the district website later this fall to continue to make it engaging and easy to use.
Additionally, we will be asking voters to cast their November ballots concerning an ESD bond proposal. If the bond passes, these monies will provide resources to build a new K-5 elementary school (to relieve overcrowding in our current schools) and implement large scale renovations to Lincoln Elementary School and Mount Stuart Elementary School. By running the bond in this November’s election, we could receive up to 750,000 of additional matching funds from the state and stabilize the future tax rate. Here is a link to the ESD Bond Fact Sheet. We appreciate your casting your vote this fall because strong schools make for strong communities.
We also appreciate the support of our community for passing the Morgan Middle School Bond. On September 26th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, we will be hosting an open house reception and tours at Morgan Middle School. This will be a great opportunity for you to observe your tax dollars at work by seeing an inviting learning environment for students. Please plan on joining us for this great celebration.
Ellensburg is a special place. As cultural anthropologist Margret Mead stated, “Never doubt that a small group of caring people can’t make a difference. For indeed, those are all that ever have.” I look forward to a great year ahead.
Jinger Haberer, ESD Superintendent