Dear Families, Staff & Community:
June has arrived and it’s a month traditionally full of celebrations and culminations of educational accomplishments. These joyous moments are occurring across the District, with more than 2,000 students receiving diplomas during eight different ceremonies.
We could not be more proud and thrilled for what each and every one of these students have accomplished to reach this point, and begin the next stages of their lives. At the same time, we are keeping an eye on Olympia. You are likely hearing about the possibility of a Washington state government shutdown.
The purpose of this communication is to share with you how the Legislature’s current inability to pass a budget will impact your Edmonds School District and its 34 schools and programs as we attempt to prepare to open our doors to 20,000 students for the 2017-18 school year.
Here are the timeline realities:
The delay has created one of the most unsettled times in Washington state public education history. We want to reassure you that very thoughtful planning is being done to the best of our ability under these conditions. We are working to ensure curriculum and materials are in place, safe and clean classrooms and schools are maintained, and staff are ready to greet students on the first of school in September.
Earlier this spring, Superintendent Dr. McDuffy stated, "This is the most hopeful time in our state’s history, with the full funding of basic education as mandated by the McCleary decision, but our legislators have a huge hill to climb.”
We still believe this is the case. Hope remains high. Our legislators must successfully scale the summit, allowing us to focus on our core purpose: Supporting each and every students academic and personal growth and success.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will keep you informed as we learn more.