Superintendent

 

 

Thank You Students, Staff and Families
for a Great 2016-17 School Year!


As the eventful 2016-17 school year draws to a close, Blaine School District recognizes and appreciates the extensive level of community ownership and involvement that is in place at all levels of our program. The communities of Blaine, Point Roberts and Birch Bay take great pride in the learning that takes place in their schools and, most importantly, in the ongoing growth and success of students. Over many years, we have consistently championed providing quality learning opportunities for students, and 2016-17 has indeed been representative of this commitment.

 

Improving student learning at every level of the system remains at the heart of our vision and mission. Over the past four years, teachers and administrators from across the State of Washington have taken on an unprecedented level of transition with respect to new learning standards (Common Core State Standards), a new performance evaluation system (TPEP), and a new state assessment system (SBAC). In concert with this overall set of program expectations, we remain focused on moving forward with key upgrades and adjustments to curriculum, particularly in the content areas of math and literacy/language arts.

 

These initiatives have placed a significant level of demand upon the overall system. As we continue to strive for higher levels of achievement on the part of all students, our staff responds in a highly professional and focused manner. The Blaine School District employs a skilled and dedicated group of professionals. Teachers and support staff strongly desire to work in Blaine, and many choose to spend their entire career in our District. We see this as a clear tribute to the overall quality of the program and the commitment that we make to developing and supporting staff in their work with students.

 

The staff, students, and families of Blaine School District remain deeply appreciative of the support that the overall community demonstrated in passing a $45M Capital Facility Bond in February of 2015. If you have been on or near the campus over the past two years, you have certainly noticed the following facility improvements either complete or in process, and many great things are yet to come in the Blaine School District.

  • Much of the Middle School’s roof has been repaired and replaced, several Elementary School classrooms have new flooring, and substantial improvements have been made to campus-wide parking lots including resurfacing of the Elementary School parking lot.
  • The High School’s track has been repaired and resurfaced, and students began using the new greenhouse earlier this year. New playground equipment has also been installed at the Primary and Elementary schools. Additionally, the tennis courts adjacent to Blaine Elementary School will be resurfaced this summer.
  • In addition to a new playground, the Point Roberts Primary School’s roof has been replaced and new carpeting will be installed there this summer.
  • The new addition at Blaine Primary School is complete and includes a new music room, enclosed play shed, and new roof on the entire building. The additional classroom space in that facility made it possible to offer a full time Kindergarten program in the 2016-17 school year.
  • Phase I of the Blaine High School project will be completed this summer and, concurrently, Phase II of the process will begin. Staff and students will move into the new Phase I facility in late August of 2017. Overall, the High School project incorporates three total phases of construction culminating in a fully complete facility for staff and students to enjoy, beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

Blaine School District employees realize how important it is to keep parents and patrons informed of key events and issues across all grade levels. To that end, we hope that you will find an opportunity to frequently visit our website (www.blainesd.org) where you can learn more about opportunities to stay connected to activities involving our students. On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the staff of the Blaine School District, I want to thank you for providing us with the opportunity to educate your child. There is not a more important responsibility that we could be charged with assuming.

 

Enjoy the summer and we will see all students back in the classroom on August 30!

 

Ronald C. Spanjer Ed.D.
Superintendent
Email: rspanjer@blainesd.org