BlaineSchool District: A year of improvements

Published on Thu, Jan 13, 2005 by Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington

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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.

One 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.