Look a Little Closer

by Mitch Wainwright Every property owner will receive a property tax bill in the mail and will look at the increase in their payment from one year to the next.  This will be the same for me when my property tax bill comes in the mail. I would like to ask that you look a … Read More

The Costs and Benefits of Technology

We were heading home from a family gathering along the interstate. When I looked at my Google Maps display on my smartphone, a small bullhorn symbol showed up next to my highlighted route. It was a speed trap alert. Apparently, drivers ahead of us had spotted a police officer pulling over speeding cars. Other drivers embedded … Read More

Many Other Factors

by Superintendent Mitch Wainwright It’s hard to believe that one year ago, the district was asking the taxpayers for permission to issue debt to add on to and remodel the elementary school, along with asking for additional operating money.  During those meetings last fall, we presented information on the property tax impact if one, or … Read More

Appreciation and Humility

“I hear your school district is one of the best in the state.” I hesitated to respond when a new parent said this to me. She was filling out her registration paperwork in our conference room. I had stopped by to introduce myself. Her answer to my general question, something about what brought her family … Read More

Good Referendum News

by Superintendent Mitch Wainwright I have good news to share with everyone about the elementary building referendum.  At last month’s school board meeting, our architect (HSR) and a structural engineer (raSmith) reported to the board what they believe to be the main issue under the building foundation. By digging a series of holes inside and … Read More

Strategic Plan: Starting with Social Studies

In June, the faculty examined the state social studies standards with the purpose of developing a written curriculum plan for this discipline. Last week, teachers focused on one strand of social studies (civics, economics, geography, history) and started to develop a narrative that would introduce students to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of that area … Read More

Take a Moment to Reflect

by Mitch Wainwright I was recently having a conversation about how quickly summer has come and gone this year and the proof is in how clean the buildings are.  One registration day has already happened, “Back to School” commercials are all over the place, and soon many high school students will be coming back for … Read More

Celebrate Together

by Superintendent Mitch Wainwright The 4th of July is a time to celebrate.  It makes me think about all of the people that have worked hard and sacrificed to get us where we are today.  Some men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice and should not be forgotten. Our freedoms should not be taken … Read More

Year-End Reflection: The Challenge of Change

I have had the honor of observing our current 5th grade students become the individuals they are today since 3rd grade. This is one of the many perks of being a principal: having a schoolwide view of our kids as they progress through the years. As a former 5th and 6th grade teacher myself, I … Read More

Thanks for a Great Year

by Mitch Wainwright Where has the school year gone?  It seems like yesterday when it was August and the teachers were coming back to school.  Now, it is the last day of school for all students and staff. How is that possible? There have been so many things that have happened this year, and I … Read More