Dear Pullman families,
I hope your summer is off to a great start. This was another full school year and I have been reflecting on the variety of great things our students and staff accomplished. Two of our schools were honored as “State Recognized Schools” by OSPI for achievement and growth! Franklin Elementary was recognized for high achievement in English language arts and math, and Lincoln Middle School has been closing achievement gaps and demonstrating improvement among students who need extra support.
Our 3,114 students learned at high levels and our preliminary state test results are showing continued positive growth. The year’s academic accomplishments culminated with 193 students earning their diploma from Pullman High School earlier this month. That is a better than 95% graduation rate, which is a high rate in comparison with other schools across the state and is a testament to the effort and heart our teachers and support staff pour into our students in every grade.
Our athletic and academic teams at all levels competed with heart, professionalism and grit - with many teams moving on to compete at the district, regional, and state level, and some even at national levels. Staff members were also recognized at the district and state levels for their outstanding performance as well.
To give you a sense of our schools by the numbers, during the past 180 days the Pullman School District accomplished the following:
- Taught, loved and supported 3,114 students
- Hired 125 employees, including 32 new teachers
- Built one new elementary school
- Served 68,000 breakfasts and 190,000 lunches
- Drove students 229,869 miles
- Cleaned and maintained 480,000 square feet of school facilities
- Earned a clean financial audit from the state
The district continues to monitor and respond to the changing school funding landscape post-McCleary. This has involved watching our expenditures carefully and aligning our operations with new state-level requirements for budgeting and allocating resources. We have also continued to explore additional funding sources and partnerships. The most recent legislative session resulted in a few changes for us, which will impact special education with some additional funding and a new revenue funding model that will provide an average salary allocation rather than a statewide salary schedule. Like all school districts in Washington, we’ll finalize our budget this summer. Unlike some districts, we are projecting a balanced budget for next year.
Looking ahead to next year, the school district will be running its replacement levy and possibly a bond to renovate Lincoln Middle School. You can expect to see more information about any ballot measures well in advance of the spring 2020 election.
For now, I look forward to a restful and productive summer in preparation for the upcoming school year. I want to thank our families and community for being so supportive to all of our schools. I wish you and your family a great summer.
Bob Maxwell, Superintendent