School is back in session and it is wonderful to have Coupeville students attending class again. School year 2017/18 looks to be a very exciting year and we are pleased that our middle school is now a separate institution from the high school with a dedicated school principal and secretary. The middle school administration office and counselor are now located adjacent to the performing arts center, just to the left as you enter the front doors. Middle level student learning is very important and this specific change demonstrates the level of commitment that we have for students in grades 6-8.
We are also pleased to share that we accomplished a 98.6% graduation rate for the class of 2017. Having seventy-one out of seventy-two students graduate is excellent. Nevertheless, we will continue to aspire to a 100% completion rate. More student performance data can be found in the report card section on the OSPI website http://www.k12.wa.us/.
Phase 2 of the capital improvements project is very near complete with only the Mickey Clark grandstands scheduled for assembly during the month of October. Phase 3 is also underway. The elementary school multi-purpose room architectural and engineering plans are nearing completion with contractor bidding to begin in October 2017. It is anticipated that construction will commence this winter and conclude at the end of August 2018.
You may have also noticed that the legislature was able to complete its work with changes to the school funding formula beginning school year 2018/19. Terms such as per pupil funding, enrichment levies, and basic education are important for parents and patrons to know and understand. As we prepare for these changes in funding, I would invite you to attend one of this year’s State of the School addresses. Several dates, times, and locations will be published later during the school year.
Finally, I hope you and your student(s) have a wonderful school year.
Dr. Jim Shank,