A Letter from the Superintendant
What a schizophrenic weather pattern we have had as of late. Amazing that we can wake up to a couple of inches of snow and by noon on the same day, it is all gone and the sun is out. I guess that this is a small price to pay for having a mild winter. That being said, I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding on our questionable mornings. To go or not to go (on time or at all) is one of my least favorite decisions.
During the month of February, state auditors staked camp in the district office to perform our annual review and audit. I am pleased to share with you that the unofficial results of that audit were outstanding for the Nine Mile Falls School District, as it received a low-risk entity. The District was lauded for its internal and external controls and was given a sparkling review with no findings, management letters, or exit recommendations. Although the audit is required and the district must pay for it, the depth and length of the audit is completely dependent upon reports from previous years. When the district qualifies as a low-risk entity, it saves taxpayers time and money. The full, official report is expected to be available to the public during the first week of April and can be found at http://www.sao.wa.gov.
As the superintendent of this great district, I have the distinct privilege of engaging in and witnessing first hand the partnerships that this district enjoys. Below, I will highlight a few of these as it is through these partnerships that we truly shine.
During the past several months our parent partners have worked hard to ensure that the students within our buildings do not go without. This is done through unique fund raising efforts that provide entertainment and enjoyment for kids and families. Most recently, these activities have included: A Night Out for parents which included a dinner and auction at the Spokane Club; Family Bingo Nights with prizes for kids and adults, and a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament and auction at Northern Quest. I cannot say enough about our parent partnerships as they truly are in it for the kids.
I was recently reminded of another great partnership when I received a timesheet indicating the hours that our Stevens County Citizens Action Team (red coats) volunteered during the fall and winter sports seasons. These fine folks put in over three-hundred hours while assisting the high school staff and ensuring safety and security during home contests. These selfless individuals work diligently to better our community through their vigilance and volunteerism.
One of the best reasons for living in a small town can be found in a recent community partnership that was forged between a local health care business and the schools. Toward the end of March, the elementary principals and I met with the fine professionals at Lake Spokane Community Dental Clinic. The District is partnering with this non-profit organization in an effort to bring educational opportunities, oral health goodie bags, and non-intrusive dental screenings to our elementary students. Our students will be the direct beneficiaries of their expertise.
We are very lucky to live in a community that so values its youth; the above examples only begin to scratch the surface of our great fortune. I am grateful for your generosity and care of our students.
Brian L. Talbott