Messages from Deb

  • Students provide feedback on belonging; levy lid lifted

    Students provide feedback on belonging; levy lid lifted

    As you may have seen in the news last week, the Legislature voted to raise the levy lid! What does this mean for NTPS? Well for one, it helps us shrink a $15 million budget gap. It also helps us avoid a reduction in force (layoffs) and preserve education programs our community has come to value and expect. This funding is vital, especially since McLeary underfunded most local school districts compared to the majority of our neighbors to the north.

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  • Career-Connected Learning & Budget Update

    Career-Connected Learning & Budget Update

    April, May and June always seems to fly by as we prepare for many end-of-school- year celebrations and students get ready to demonstrate their learning on state assessments. As a parent of a senior, I’m shocked by how fast the year has gone! So, join me and fasten your seat belts for a fun, end of year ride!

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  • March marks growth for students across the district

    March marks growth for students across the district

    After “Snowmageddon 2019,” the signs for spring are a welcome change for all of us. I’m an avid gardener, so it’s nice to see the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips pushing their way up from the soil. Growth is visible in many ways and it is also true for student learning!

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  • Planning for the future takes a village

    Planning for the future takes a village

    Besides showing others love, our District is planning for the future, and I wanted to take a moment to thank our Citizens Facility Advisory Committee, our voters, and our community.

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  • District faces budget cuts without local levy restoration

    District faces budget cuts without local levy restoration

    As our staff comes back to work, so does the state Legislature. This session is an important one for school districts across Washington. Your Board of Directors has been actively engaged with our elected representatives to share our district priorities for the upcoming session. Unfortunately, due to the current state funding model and a reduction in levy authority for North Thurston Public Schools, your local school district is facing a budget deficit in the 2019-20 school year.

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