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San Juan Island School District enrollment numbers up

LWVSJ Observer Corps* Notes of the San Juan Island School District Board, April 24, 2024 meeting. May 6-10 will be Professional Educator Appreciation Week.

Two 7th grade students presented a slide show on a new concept called Home Room, where students focus on specific topics for a 25-minute period without interruptions.  They reported it was very productive for them but might not be for other students.  They said 25 minutes was a bit short and having the class earlier in the school day might be better.  

Superintendent Woods reported a teacher was hired for Stuart Island for three students living there.  The school board will tour the facility on Stuart to which has been updated. The proposed San Juan Institute is close to completing the agenda for a 2-day program for teachers just before school begins in the fall.  The district received an EPA grant to purchase an electric school bus, which it hopes to order this summer. Delivery is probably another year away.

Dr. Becky Bell and Aileen Howe reported on special education at SJISD covering the education of students with disabilities and the requirements for the district which include a guarantee to educate and help students be involved in school and supporting their ability to participate in non-academic activities. SJISD has 801 total enrollments, 148 or 18.5% are in special education across all schools.  Forty-three staff members work to serve and support special education students. 

Enrollment throughout the schools continues above the projected number for the school year.  Expenses are on budget for this year. The 2024-25 budget committee had its 2nd meeting and will update the board soon.

Dr. Bell presented the Comprehensive School Counseling Plan for SJISD and its 1st year results.  The plan is focused on increasing the time the counselors provide for interaction.

The district will file a 180-waiver request with the state this week.  If the request is approved, the district will not have to extend classes by three days to make up for snow days when the school was closed.

Saturday April 27, the regional WSSDA meeting will be held in Friday Harbor.  The state Superintendent of Schools, Chris Reykdal will attend.

*The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization encourages informed participation in government. The Observer Corps attends and takes notes at government meetings to expand public understanding of public policy and decisions. The notes do not necessarily reflect the views of the League or its members. 

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