Blaine School District: A year of improvements
By Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington
On behalf of the school board, our administrative team, the Blaine school district staff, and especially our students, we would like to thank you for our continued support during 2004. We also extend our best wishes to you for the new year.
focus of the past year was the district’s emphasis
on safety. We received recognition from the state and a
fifth consecutive “superior” transportation
department inspection. We purchased a portable defibrillator
for use on campus, should it be necessary. More outdoor
lights and security cameras were put in place. The crisis
plan was updated to reflect today’s concerns and
issues with safety and security.
A second focus is continuous improvement of student learning. A 21st Century Grant provided $124,000 over the next five years to assist low achieving students to meet the academic requirements of Washington state. Blaine was granted a three-year partnership with the WWU math department and our middle and high school teachers to improve math education. We also joined a Science Consortium with WWU and other school districts to strengthen science programs. Our high school received an advance placement grant to assist in that area along with other funding to support math classes. All of our schools are participating in School Improvement Plan programs to increase student achievement in academic areas.
We especially appreciate the parents of our students. The partnership between parents/teachers/students supports children in many ways. Parents encourage participation in our winning spelling, math, geography, vocabulary, athletic, art and music programs. Over 90 percent of parents attend conferences and all district concerts are considered a family affair.
Our students benefited from donations received from many community sources. The Family Service Center welcomed provisions from local organizations and individuals. Most recently, BP Cherry Point donated $4,600 to assist our students to improve their math skills. Another donation will fund a special program for parents to learn WASL abilities to share with children. Walmart and Exxon funded diverse activities.
In the coming years we will continue to be challenged by reduced funding and new needs for our boys and girls. The world of education is constantly changing and together we can advance the goals of excellence in education.