The Methow Valley School District Budget Development Process has been designed to promote an inclusive and transparent process that encourages broad stakeholder participation into the development of a balanced budget that strategically aligns our limited resources with the district’s Strategic Vision.
Somewhat recently, the Methow Valley School District produced a draft of its newly revised Strategic Vision document [PDF]. This document, built upon the feedback provided by students, parents, community members, and staff, outlines a clear vision, set of core beliefs, and learner outcomes. It also includes Six Strategic Anchors – Areas of focus, aligned to our vision, values, and outcomes that drive action!
In addition to reviewing the Methow Valley School District Strategic Vision document, we’d like to encourage your participation in the Methow Valley School District Budget Development Process by submitting your budget enhancement and budget reduction ideas for consideration.
The Methow Valley School District has an annual budget of approximately 7 million dollars. Like many districts across the state and nation, roughly 83% of the operating budget is spent on staff salary and benefits. With a goal of maintaining another 5-7% in reserve for unforeseen and unplanned expenditures, our district allocates approximately 10-12% in the design and implementation of educational programming.
Participate in the Process:
We want to hear from you… Please submit your ideas about what we should consider reducing or eliminating in support of budget savings. Also, please share your ideas as to what we should enhance or initiate as part of our planned investments for the 2015-16 school year.
The ideas you submit will be given careful consideration as we work to build a balanced budget that strategically aligns our allocation of resources with our short-term and long-range priorities for action.
You can download the 2014-2015 Budget – Community Request Form below. Completed forms can be mailed or dropped off at the district office. All request received no later than Wednesday, March 18th will be given consideration.
The Methow Valley School District Facilities Task Force, co-chaired by Methow Valley Elementary parents Sarah and Erik Brooks, is made up of more than 20 members consisting of students, parents, staff, and community members.
Building upon the work of the previous Facilities Committee, the newly formed Facilities Task Force, established about a year ago, was charged with the task of developing a proactive approach to identifying and addressing the needs that exist within our facilities. Over the course of the past year, the Task Force has been learning about the physical condition of our facilities, our aging transportation fleet, educational technologies, how they are funded, and the process associated with voter approved bond and levy measures.
Their job is to present the superintendent with a prioritized facilities plan with a recommended funding mechanism (Bond or Levy) to be put before the voters in the spring of 2015. They have project ideas contained in the attached brochure that they’re ready to share… now they’d like to hear from you!
During the Facilities Task Force Public Meeting, we will have members of the Task Force on hand, ready to share information with you about the process, project ideas, tax rates, timelines, and possible next steps.
During the Public Meeting we’ll ask you to consider sharing your feedback in response to our project ideas using the following four questions:
1. What do you like most about what you learned here today?
2. What are your biggest concerns about the district’s facilities needs
3. What questions do you still have?
4. Is there any other feedback you’d like to share with us today?
The goal is to provide a recommendation to the superintendent and school board that reflects a smart investment of our community’s resources. Please stop by for a few minutes or as long as you’d like to learn more about the project ideas that have emerged and share your thoughts.
Unable to attend? We encourage you to review Facilities Planning Task Force 2.0 – Report to the Community and submit your feedback online no later than Friday, February 27th.
Methow Valley Cross Country Coach, Craig Herlihy has been named “Coach of the Year” for 2014 by the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association. Coach Herlihy’s commitment to the development of healthy, active youth is reflected in the ever-increasing number of student-athletes participating on the Liberty Bell Cross Country team. He will be honored during the 2015 Washington State Track and Field/XC Convention on January 17 as part of the awards ceremony. Please join us in congratulating Coach Craig Herlihy.
As we kick-off the new year, we are extremely excited to announce that Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare (OBHC) is working with the Methow Valley School District to hire a full-time, on-site Mental Health Professional prepared to support our students and families. This aligns with our district’s vision – “Working in partnership with our families and community, we develop: curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented citizens prepared to change the world.”
The Methow Valley School District believes in promoting the social-emotional well-being of our students by providing increased student and family access to support systems that include district-wide counseling services. To accomplish this, the district has formed the Student and Family Support Team consisting of the two school counselors, Amy Faxon and Hannah Sands, the school nurse, Laura Brumfield, the school psychologist, Jim Cordell, the Youth and Family social worker, Melinda Boonstra, the Student Success Coordinator, Margell Callier and principal Deborah DeKalb. This team meets weekly to ascertain the needs of our students and they determined the need to add Mental Health counseling for our students. The team, with the support of superintendent Tom Venable wrote a letter to Skip Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer of OBHC to outline the needs of our students. As a result, OBHC has agreed to offer a full-time counselor for our school district as well as the other districts in Okanogan County. We feel incredibly thankful to welcome a Mental Health counselor to the Student and Family Support Team.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare. They are seeking applications from qualified professionals to serve the Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket, Oroville, Brewster, Pateros, Grand Coulee and Methow school districts. Duties include individual and group counseling to youth population during the school year and summer months. Masters Degree in a Behavioral Science with 2 years experience treating mentally ill clients required, MSW preferred. Salary Range – $52,000 – $65,000 annually. Send cover letter and resume’ to: Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare – ATTN: Jessica Blake -1007 Koala Dr. Omak, WA 98841 inquire by email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
OBHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
“When will we make up the snow day?” That is the question that typically emerges immediately following a “Snow Day.” As you may recall, we closed our schools on Wednesday, November 26th due to the significant amount of snowfall, power outages, downed trees, and hazardous driving conditions to ensure the safety of our students and families.
“Is our school district required to make up the school day?” That is the other question that often surfaces. Washington State RCW 28A.150.220 requires a 180-day school calendar for schools. Therefore, we are required to make up the missed day and believe our students are entitled to the services we provide.
That being said, our Calendar Committee has reviewed our options and determined that Friday, February 13 will serve as an Early Release Make-Up Day.
We anticipate some of our families may have pre-arranged travel plans scheduled during this time. If this includes you and you know your child will be absent, please assist us by notifying office staff of your child’s excused absence.
Thank you for your participation in the survey about refreshing our online communication tools. There were 54 individual responses which were almost evenly split between K-6 and 7-12.
Some recurring themes we heard from you as part of the refresh include:
28 responses indicated they would like to use social media to keep up on school current events, activities and changes.
26 responses indicated they would rather use the website than social media to gain information about school.
Our next steps will be to utilize the information generated from the survey to:
Please provide any additional comments or thoughts we may have missed, Here.
Dear Methow Students and Families,
I hope each of you enjoyed an “extended” Thanksgiving Break! My guess is that it would be difficult for many of you to recall the last time school was closed in the Methow Valley. However, as you are well aware, due to the heavy snowfall, causing power outages and hazardous traveling conditions prior to Thanksgiving Break, I chose to close our schools.
As you can imagine, there is some risk in early notification – notifying staff and families that we are closing school the night before school. However given the adverse weather conditions, forecast, safety concerns, and disruption that changes in our school schedule creates for our families, it seemed like the right thing to do.
“When will we make up the Snow Day?” Of course, that is the primary question that immediately emerges for most…
In anticipation of this question, our district’s Calendar Committee has been working together to discuss possible options with the hope of communicating their decision prior to Winter Break.
Regardless of the option selected (identifying a make-up day within the current school year or extending the current school year), we anticipate scheduling conflicts will arise for those who already have pre-arranged travel plans. Anticipating this, we will work together to develop solutions to address the needs associated with students, staff and families that have pre-arranged plans.
We heard you! Changes are coming! Using your feedback, MVSD will be refreshing it's website this spring.