Kent School District

Watts Happening January 2020

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WATTSHAPPENING SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE WITH DR. CALVIN J. WATTS JANUARY 2020 Since 1984 Kent School District has operated with local levy support for education programs and operations. In February 2018, voters approved a two-year $94,000,000 replacement levy measure providing nearly 20 percent of the district's overall budget. The 2018 Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy bridges the gap between state funding and community expectations. This levy provided the second-largest source of the district's annual general fund operating budget and supports educational programs not fully funded by the state. Currently the 2018 levy is helping to fund teacher, instructional assistant, and support staff salaries; improve safety and building security for students and staff; fund Special Education services for students; provide bilingual services for student; fund professional development for staff; fund multi-tiered systems of support to provide behavioral support to students; and fund bus transportation and student activities. The 2018 EP&O Levy expires on December 31, 2020, and the gap between state funding and actual school district persists. The renewal EP&O Levy on the February 11, 2020 election, if approved by voters, will allow Kent School District to continue supporting all students through continuing the educational programs, student learning and staffing currently in place. Additionally, this levy will allow us to expand educational programs and operations to meet future readiness needs and support student learning. The Renewal Educational Program & Operations Levy will continue to help pay for and expand student safety and school security; career readiness programs including opportunities for exploration acceleration and remediation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM); bullying prevention and social-emotional learning programs; educational support for students with special needs; daily operations to support clean, healthy, and well-maintained schools and classrooms; professional development for teachers, paraeducators, principals and educational support staff; and essential staff like classroom teachers, nurses, counselors, social workers, and bus drivers not fully funded by the state. I look forward to working with the Kent School Board of Directors this spring and through the summer as they will be approving a budget that reflects the priorities of the District and community, including the expenditure of levy dollars approved by voters. WHEN OUR SCHOOLS ARE STRONG, Over the last few years, our District has been steadily working to ensure our schools across the district are equipped with the resources they need to be successful while maintaining fiscal solvency. From the classroom to the boardroom, we must continue working together to ensure that all students, regardless of where they live, their race, their home language or family income, have access to a high-quality education today and into the future. Local levy funding allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state. This funding, proposed in the renewal EP&O levy, will ensure all students in Kent School District have the same opportunities to learn, grow and succeed. OUR COMMUNITY THRIVES. 15 Board Work Session JAN We are hosting two informational meetings about our EP&O Levy measure on the ballot for the February 11, 2020 election. These meetings are open to all members of our KSD community and will be held on January 23, 2020, 10:00- 11:30 a.m. at Kent Panther Lake Library and January 27, 2020, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at Golden Steer Restaurant. Thope you are able to attend as there will be an opportunity to ask questions after we provide important information about the renewal levy. If you are not able to attend or would like additional information about the levy, answers to frequently asked questions, information about registering to vote, informational flyers in Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese, and more, please visit our website at 20 Martin Luther King Jr. JAN Day 22 Board Meeting & JAN Work Session 23 Renewal EP&O Levy & 27 Informational Meetings JAN KENT SCHOOL DISTRICT EQUITY - EXCELLENCE - COMMUNITY 29 State of Our District JAN Event UPCOMING EVENT

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EQUITY COMMUNITY Strong Community = Strong Schools Every day, students count on public schools to help prepare them for successful futures. They count on adults across this district to ensure they have access to resources to help them learn, keep their buildings safe, and have qualified teachers to guide them. The month of January marks the observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for our elected leaders who are key to building the future of public education. As a crucial bridge between the local community and school district, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. Their commitment to service and public education affects the present and future lives of our children and our communities. I had the opportunity to join schools, including our Northwood Middle School Choir, in honoring our School Board members at the January 8 meeting. Thank you to all the students, staff and community members who have participated in honoring the hard-working individuals who collectively serve on our school board. HALO HOLA Interpreter Trainings HELLO Our families speak more than 130 languages. We need members of our families and community members to become trained, paid interpreters to support our students. I invite you to learn more and consider joining TeamKSD as an interpreter. We welcome all languages and are in need of interpreters for the following languages as a priority: Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL), Burmese, and Somali. All KSD interpreters are required to complete training before they can begin working. The training is waived for those who have already completed the Washington State Interpreter Certification and can provide KSD with a copy of the certificate. Interpreters who have completed training and been cleared through KSD Human Resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school year. Approved interpreters are paid based on hours worked. Our next training opportunity is Tuesday, January 28, 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Our training is provided by Puget Sound Educational Service District staff and space is limited. Please email Emily Collado at to register. EXCELLENCE Earlier this week during our KSD Leadership meeting, Thad the opportunity to present four #KyeSD rockets to several members of #TeamKSD415 to recognize and honor them for living out and modeling our district's core values of equity, excellence, and community. These small rockets, imprinted with #KyeSD, were shared with the leaders to recognize their commitment to equity, excellence, and community and how each day their actions represent this commitment. Thank you to Dan Irvine - Principal, Grass Lake Elementary, Cynthia Green - Principal, Ridgewood Elementary, Scott Haines - Principal, Mill Creek Middle School and Samantha Ketover - Principal, Kentwood High School for saying #KyeSD to equity, excellence, and community and for their outstanding work as instructional leaders in our schools. Kent SCHOOL DISTRICT Royals

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