I recently had the pleasure of visiting some of our schools and was reminded once again of the dedication and talent of our educators and support staff. I try to make these visits throughout the year, and am always awed by the commitment of the nearly 600 individuals working to provide our students with the highest quality education possible. I am proud to be a part of a district that is making such a difference for the children in our communities.
Our 2015 graduation rates were higher than they’ve ever been — 89.86 percent. The graduation rate of our English Language Development students was above the state average at 93 percent. These rates have been steadily rising over the last several years and reflect the commitment of everyone involved – our hard working students, families and our entire district team. Every grade level from kindergarten through high school plays an instrumental role in guiding our students to success. We should all be proud. As we move through the second year of our strategic plan, I look forward to seeing our graduation rates continue to improve. For details about graduation rates, please visit the Oregon Department of Education website.
Recent District Audit
Responsible stewardship of our taxpayer’s dollars is something our team takes seriously. We are always working to maintain excellence in education while staying within budget. This can be especially challenging when funding for schools is suffering nationwide. Thanks to the efforts of our district team, we’ve managed to keep and grow our programs to serve students with limited funds. I’m proud to report that our district recently received a “clean” audit from the accounting firm Pauly, Rogers and Co., P.C. This means that our financial statements are accurate, complete and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. I’d like to thank our finance team for their help with the audit and our entire district team for the work they do everyday to provide a quality education with sometimes limited resources.
SFSD Bids Farewell to Joel Smallwood
Congratulations to Joel Smallwood, district director of Maintenance and Facilities, on his new position as Maintenance and Construction Services manager with the Salem-Keizer School District. Joel has been with Silver Falls School District for the past two years and has been instrumental in navigating our facility needs and managing multiple facility and maintenance projects. While we will miss Joel, we wish him luck in his new position. Joel will continue in his SFSD role until a new maintenance director is on board sometime in mid-spring. We wish Joel the best as he moves on to this new chapter in his life.
Our district community is still grieving the tragic loss of Bethany Charter School teacher Douglas Bonham and Silverton High School student Matthew Albrecht who lost their lives in a car accident last week. There are no words to express the sadness in our community at this difficult time and we continue to send healing thoughts and prayers to their families and friends. They will be greatly missed.