It’s hard to believe I’m entering my seventh year in our great school district, my fourth as superintendent. I continue to marvel at the amazing staff and supportive community that join to support our most precious resource: our kids.
It is a humbling yet exciting responsibility to oversee the education and well-being of our projected more-than 10,800 students. We have been in a period of unprecedented growth, which means our community is thriving and people want to be part of our district.
This is great news, though it also poses challenges as we seek creative ways to not only educate, but also find classroom space for our students. In order to meet the growing population and complete our promise to voters to lower class-size targets (this year in 1st, 3rd and 5th grades), we hired more than a dozen new teachers.
Most of our student population growth is in the northwest portion of our district, as schools there continue to overflow. We have addressed this with both some boundary changes and some additional portable classroom use.
Also due to the generosity of our voters through the supplemental levy in March of 2015, we are for the second year in a row replacing core K-12 curricular materials. Last school year, it was mathematics materials – our adoption incorporates great materials, instruction, assessment and the use of technology – all of which will help our continued support of student growth. For 2016-17, the new materials funded by the levy will be science – again K-12. The new elementary materials will allow for genuine hands-on science learning for our students; in our middle and high schools we will be able to enhance the lab experiences of our students while tapping the most current materials through digital resources.
I truly believe that we have a top-quality school system with top quality people. This is not to say that we are perfect – there is always room for improvement. We welcome your feedback and respectfully ask that when you have a concern that you share it with the appropriate person – most often your first point of contact will be your child’s teacher(s). Building administrators are also there to help, as are those of us in the district office – we have an elementary director and a secondary director who are available to problem-solve if your concerns are not being addressed to your satisfaction. I, too, am here to listen and problem-solve if you still need help!
That said, teachers, support staff and administrators “in the trenches” of schools every day work diligently and compassionately with so many students and deserve all of our appreciation. So, I also want to encourage you to share good news and positive thoughts with your child(ren)’s teachers.
Again, thank you for your support and generosity. I’m looking forward to partnering with you toward another exciting and successful school year in Coeur d’Alene Public Schools.
Superintendent – Coeur d’Alene School District 271
All children in our district 0-5 years old are eligible for a free screening to provide parents with information regarding their child's development in: Speech & Language, Large & Small Muscles, Concepts, Vision & Hearing. Screenings will be held at Harding Head Start on 9/26, 10/24, 1/9, and 3/20. Call 666-6762 to schedule an appointment!
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Congratulations to Alexandria Jones & Sophia Bishop of Atlas Elementary, winners of our "Make Every Day Count" Attendance Campaign Video Contest! View the video now! The students created this video using iMovie software made possible by a grant from the Excel Foundation.
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