Welcome to the Superintendent’s Blog
As part of my efforts to continue the focus on communications, community engagement, and transparency, I’m thrilled to launch this blog for Sumner School District stakeholders. In this area of the website, I will discuss a variety of timely issues and provide information that I hope will be helpful to Sumner staff, parents, students, and community members. To suggest topics, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to hearing from you and connecting with the community.
From My Heart to Yours,
Dr. Sara Johnson, Ed.D.
September 3, 2014
The 2014-15 school budget is designed to support educational initiatives, district goals, and reflects our commitment to prepare all students for a successful life and multiple opportunities after high school. As educators of children in our area, we are grateful for the many ways in which we receive support from the community. Sumner School District is deeply committed to wise financial management while providing the highest level of service to students and families.
Excellent instruction in every classroom every day is the core of our work. Sumner School District is committed to use formative and summative data to guide in the development of programs and services, ensuring every student is receiving an excellent program of study. Even with the many changes we encounter from the State and Federal departments of education, we remain focused on our students and their strengths and needs. We are “Growing our Future” and will follow a pathway of sound planning and implementation of successful, proven practices.
Preparing and planning for 2014-15 has required thoughtful study and preparation. As our district grows, and we are waiting for the next legislative biennium decisions, we carefully prioritize where to most efficiently spend money to best serve students. The beginning of the funding of the McCleary decision, combined with careful budgeting, has allowed Sumner School District to provide free full-day kindergarten. Also, we have established a “Schools of Hope,” program to serve students who need extra support to get on track to graduate. Through teamwork and collaboration, we settled five collective bargaining agreements with our employees in 2013-14. There is much to be proud of in Sumner School District – and a great deal of work to be accomplished to stay at the forefront of providing a first-rate education to our students.
As superintendent, I consider it one of my most important roles to develop a budget that supports quality experiences for all students and ensures excellent instruction for every child, every day, in every classroom, from grades K – 12. Our student achievement remains strong, and continues to improve. Sumner School District has some of the best teachers and schools in Washington State. We believe in accountability and welcome community members, legislators, and families into our schools. When Washington State lost the No Child Left Behind waiver from the US Department of Education, it did not change the caliber nor quality of work we are doing in Sumner School District; it only changed the labels placed upon schools by politicians far removed from the classroom. Rest assured, we remaina premier district with outstanding teachers, administrators, and support staff and we continue to improve every year. Our ranking as a district is climbing, and we believe it will continue to follow that trend as we work hard every day to provide outstanding service and education.