“I wanted to help shape and guide the educational path of the children in our community and to ensure we provide them with the skills and education needed to become contributing members of society,” Koch explained.
The recent news that Silverton High’s graduation rate is nearing 90 percent makes Koch extremely proud.
“Given this rate is the highest it’s ever been and that it has increased roughly 7 percent over the prior year signals to me that we’re on the right track of keeping our students engaged in learning,” Koch said.
“We still have a ways to go, but we’re definitely making steady progress toward the goal of every student receiving a diploma. I’m also very proud of and thankful for the devoted, high quality administrators, teachers and staff we have within SFSD. They’re truly what makes our district special and our children’s high level of educational performance is a direct reflection of their hard work each and every day.”
Koch views the building of a permanent new middle school as one of the District’s biggest challenges.
“My greatest hope for the future is that we’d be able to come together as one district and community to tackle some of the hard issues facing us. The facts are clear that we’ll need to approve a bond to accomplish this,” he said. “I believe that if we unite as a community, we can craft and approve a bond within the next few years that will be amenable to our taxpayers, the district and the future educational needs of our children. It’s not going to be easy, but working together as one, we can get this done.”