7:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board Meeting
Nooksack Valley School District Needs Substitute Employees
Have you ever considered working as a substitute employee? The role of a substitute teacher or staff member is highly valued by the District. Substitutes provide services which allow the District to continue a quality educational program when a staff member is absent. Substitutes work in both certificated (teaching) and classified (support) positions such as:
Substitute employment packets may be obtained at the District office. If you are interested in finding out more information about either of these opportunities, or if you would like to have materials mailed to you, please contact Glenna Nolte at (360) 988-4754.
Welcome Back Nooksack Valley!
As we start the year, here are a few informational items:
1. Construction Projects: All three projects are progressing through the design phase. At this point, we are tentatively planning to go out to bid for the Nooksack Elementary project this fall; the Middle School next spring, and the High School next summer. There will be opportunities to review these designs as we get a bit further in the process.
2. Capital Projects: We have completed a number of capital projects this summer. Nooksack Elementary has a new roof. The High School gym floor was redone, the gym was painted, and a new sound system is being installed. You will notice other projects as well. Next summer we plan to reroof Everson Elementary and likely tackle a few other larger projects. These projects are paid for with the Capital Projects Levy.
3. Smarter Balance Assessment (SBAC): We now have data from the first year of the new SBAC state assessment of student learning. This is baseline data that we will certainly build on, but it was a very encouraging start. Our students outperformed the state average in 12 of 14 areas. Our students were also the top three in the county in all SBAC areas except one.
4. New Staff: Between five retirements, enrollment growth, and additional staffing allocations from the state, we have hired eighteen new certificated staff to our team.
Again, we are looking forward to the 2015-2016 school and our journey together.
Superintendent of Schools
The following is the next installment in our attempt to keep you updated on the progress of our construction projects. As a reminder, our community passed a $28,000,000 bond issue with overwhelming support of almost 70% “yes”. These funds, along with over $7 million in state matching assistance, will pay for a new middle school, various projects at our high school, and four new classrooms at Nooksack Elementary.
We have sold all of the bonds and the proceeds will be in our account by May. The market was so favorable that we were able to sell them at what is called a “premium”. The premium allowed us to sell all of the bonds and a) pay all of the costs associated with selling them, b) collect enough proceeds to make the first bond payment in December, c) sell them all at once, instead of in two installments, paying them off in one less year, and d) generate all of the $28,000,000 for our construction projects. To cap it all off, this process also lowered our projected tax rate by about $.13 per $1000 less than originally anticipated. This was a very good day for Nooksack Valley!
We have also tentatively selected architects for the projects. Proposals from a number of architectural firms were solicited and received. A committee then went through a process that ended with the selection of the Zervas Group Architects for our middle school and high school projects. They are a local firm (Bellingham based) with successful experience with similar projects, both in scope and size.
King Architecture was selected for our Nooksack Elementary School projects. David King was part of the architectural team that originally designed this school, making it a perfect fit for the work to be done there. This firm is also local, with an office in Bellingham. Both the Zervas Group Architects and King Architecture articulated a strong respect for Nooksack Valley and the investment being made by our community for our children. Both were unanimous choices by our committee and we are excited to work with them.