Just the Facts Please… The MV Schools Levy Fact Sheet and FAQ

Dear Methow Valley Families and Community Members,
The district’s four-year replacement Educational Programs and Operations (formerly referred to as the Maintenance and Operations levy) and Capital Projects-Technology levies are scheduled to expire at the end of 2020.
Together, they represent approximately 22% of the district’s annual operating budget. They will be placed on the ballot during the February 11th, 2020 special election.
If approved by voters, the levies will provide critical funding to bridge the gap between what the state provides and what it actually cost to educate our students.

The Methow Valley Schools Levy Fact Sheet and FAQ have been posted for your review.

Dream Big: MVSD Launches Budget Development Process, Seeks Input into 2020-21 “Priorities for Progress”

Participate in the 2020-21 MVSD Budget Development Process!

Did you miss the Dream Big Event? That’s ok… The 2020-21 MVSD Budget Development Process is just getting underway and we want to hear from you!

Please take some time to review the current draft of the 2020-21 MVSD Budget Development “Priorities for Progress. Once you’ve done so, please consider the following questions and share your input with us…

  • What do you like that should be expanded?
  • What’s missing that should be initiated?
  • What you believe should be reduced or eliminated?

You can share your ideas in one of three ways: 1) Submit a Budget Enhancement or Reduction Request Form electronically, 2) email your ideas to Superintendent Tom Venable or 3) mail/drop off your handwritten requests to the district office.

All ideas received by the end of the day on Friday, February 21, 2020 will be reviewed and considered by the MVSD Budget Development Advisory Committee.

MVSD School Board Unanimously Selects Gary Marchbank to Serve Third Term as MVSD Board Chair

Gary MarchbankKicking off the New Year, members of the MVSD School Board of Directors unanimously approved the nomination of Gary Marchbank to serve a third term as the MVSD Board Chair during their regular board meeting held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.

As the MVSD Board Chair, Gary Marchbank will continue to work closely with members of the board, superintendent, staff, students, and community to help the district achieve its mission and vision – Working in partnership with our families and community, to develop curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented, citizens prepared to change the world.

Gary’s selection to serve a third term as board chair is a clear reflection of the school board’s gratitude and appreciation of his long-standing service to the community, commitment to equity and excellence for all students, strong support for innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and above all else, admiration for the many qualities displayed by Gary that we wish to see in our own children.

Following his acceptance of the nomination, Board Chair Marchbank stated, “I’m humbled and honored to serve alongside a team of school board members, staff, parents, and community members who are making good things happen for our students.”

During the same meeting, school board members Mary Anne Quigley, Frank Kline, and Judith Hardmeyer-Wright were sworn in to serve a new four-year term by Superintendent Venable.

Following the oath of office and election of officers, Dana Stromberger was also recognized by WSSDA for 10 years of service to the Methow Valley School District as a school board member.

The Methow Valley School District Board of Directors is a cohesive and dedicated team of five elected officials, committed to creating a system of exceptional teaching and learning where every student can shine.

Please join us as we celebrate the selection of Gary Marchbank to serve as the MVSD Board Chair!

Dream Big Event: MVSD to Kick-Off Budget Development Process, Invites All Interested Stakeholders to Participate

We Invest in what we value, our youth and their future!

2nd Grade Town Planner - Cane McCarthyThe MVSD is kicking off its annual Budget Development Process by encouraging all students, staff, parents, and community members to participate in the first-ever, Dream Big Event.

The Dream Big Event is scheduled to take place on the evening of Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in the Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS cafeteria, beginning at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Facilitated by LBHS Principal, Crosby Carpenter, ILC Principal, Sara Mounsey, and MVE Principal, Paul Gutzler, participants will have the opportunity to provide input into what the district should prioritize as it attempts to strategically align the investment of its limited resources with the shared vision, beliefs, and learner outcomes established by our community.

All input received will be reviewed and considered by the MVSD Budget Development Task Force prior to making a final recommendation to the Superintendent.

Further information will be made available in mid-January for those interested in participating on MVSD’s newly established Budget Development Task Force.

We hope to see and hear from you on Tuesday, January 14th!

Happy Holidays Methow Valley!

Snowflake in the sunWhether you find yourself celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays and traditions, we hope you find yourself surrounded by the laughter, love, and joy that comes from time spent with close friends and family.

Its with sincere gratitude and appreciation that we want to thank you for your generous support of our schools and the students, families, and community we serve.

Please Note: All MVSD schools and the district office will be closed to the public Monday, December 23rd, 2019 through Friday, January, 3th, 2020 in observance of the Winter Break.

MVSD Expands Transportation Service to Include After-School Activities Bus

Bus Driver - VinceWorking within the Strategic Area of Focus titled, “Equity and Excellence for All,” the MVSD is taking positive steps to eliminate the barriers and obstacles faced by our students and families by expanding its transportation services, including the transportation of students participating in after-school extracurricular activities.

When will the new route begin?

The new route will take effect on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Where will the new route stop?

The stops associated with the new route include: the Winthrop Baseball Field and Library, the Winthrop Ice Rink, Little Star Montessori, The Merc, and the Twisp Airport Soccer Field. Stops will vary from one season to the next and are subject to change based upon the activities taking place within our community. Changes to routes will be communicated in advance.

Is it true that the district will begin transporting skis?

Yes. The newly established route will include three stops where students traveling with larger equipment (e.g. skis and hockey sticks) may board. This includes Hank’s Market, the Winthrop Ice Rink, and the Mazama Store. Depending upon the season and related activities, pick up and drop off sites could change. Please note, skis will need to be in a ski bag.

Will this result in some changes for regular bus riders?

Yes. Some students will be assigned to the new route as part of their regular route. Parents of students who will be assigned to the new route will be notified of the change during the week of January 6, 2020.

How was the decision made?

In late November, a team of building administrators, secretaries, and representatives from the MVSD Department of Transportation, met to review bus routes, ridership rates, staffing capacity, and student needs. Based upon the data and feedback, it was determined that another route was needed to accommodate our district’s growing enrollment, expanded ridership, and increased participation in after-school activities. Balancing the safety of our students and drivers with the desire to ensure all students are able to access the many enriching after-school activities taking place throughout our community from one season to the next, they identified a solution. It was recommended that we establish a new “After-School Activities Route.”

Will it be perfect?

No. But it’s a place for us to begin as we attempt to ensure all students can access the many enriching activities taking place throughout our community.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to invest in what we value — the health and wellness of our students, parents, and community!
If you have further questions, we encourage you to contact Bud Hover, Director of Operations at bhover@methow.org or Leanna Jensen, Secretary at ljensen@methow.org or call (509) 997-2113.


Monday, January 20th, 2020 • All MVSD Schools and the District Office will be Closed in Observance of American Civil Rights Leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.