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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Study Meeting: February 7, 2023 - 02/03/23

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

Bond Oversight Committee presents $320,000 refund to taxpayers -- lowest bond tax rate in decades realized (Photo) - 01/20/23

WALLA WALLA - As the district’s historic 2018 bond program comes to a close following more than three years of campus renovation improvements, approximately $320,000 of unallocated bond dollars is set to be refunded back, further reducing tax rates for local taxpayers. This critical and final step of the bond program completes the last of the “promises made promises kept” list of assurances, where all remaining local and state match money left over would be returned and not reallocated towards other non-voter approved projects. 

The excess bond dollars will be transferred to the district’s Debt Service Fund, reducing the overall amount the Walla Walla County Assessor’s Office needs to collect in future years. The 2018 bond measure, overwhelmingly approved by voters with an historic 73% yes vote, funded facility renovations at Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, Lincoln High School, and specific district-wide safety and infrastructure projects. 

“We made a promise to voters that if there were any unspent dollars remaining after all the voter-approved improvements were complete, they would be returned to taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “We delivered on every project advertised, and our citizen-led Bond Oversight Committee carefully stewarded community resources throughout the entire construction program.” Local bond tax rates are set to fall to an historic low of 91 cents per thousand assessed, 32 cents cheaper than what was advertised when the bond passed.”

Superintendent Smith praised the Bond Oversight Committee for carefully monitoring the delivery of the bond program. They reviewed financial statements, project scope, construction documents and bid solicitations to ensure that bond dollars were only being spent on projects approved by voters. The committee also supervised the advertisement and selection of the projects’ general contractors, architects, vendors and consultants. Their oversight helped to secure over 50 local contractors and suppliers for bond project work, resulting in tens of millions of dollars’ worth of improvements awarded to local Walla Walla companies.

“Despite operating during a global pandemic with unprecedented supply chain issues and escalating costs, we were able to complete all the projects on time and under budget,” said Superintendent Smith. “We are so thankful to the community for their support and confidence through this investment in our children and their futures.”


Photo: L-R: Ruth Ladderud (School Board), Terri Trick (School Board), Scott Morasch (Bond Oversight Committee Chair), Ken Seibold (Bond Oversight Committee), Eric Rindal (School Board), Derek Sarley (School Board President), Kathy Mulkerin (School Board Vice President), Dick Moeller (Bond Oversight Committee), Terry McConn (Bond Oversight Committee) and Lawson Knight (Bond Oversight Committee).

Attached Media Files: WWPS_Bond_Funds_Returned.jpg
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: January 17, 2023 - 01/13/23

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

Big Blue Boosters to honor legendary boys basketball coach Jim Thacker (Photo) - 01/12/23

WALLA WALLA - Big Blue Boosters of Walla Walla are planning to honor former Wa-Hi Boys Basketball coach Jim Thacker immediately following the girls varsity basketball game against Richland High School Tuesday, Jan. 17 at approximately 7 p.m. During his 36-year coaching career, Thacker amassed a 534-332 record. He retired from Wa-Hi following the 2005 season. In 2008, Thacker was inducted in the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Coach Thacker’s Career Record:
- Gooding, Idaho - 1970-72 (2 State Titles)
- Omak, WA - 1972-1975
- Walla Walla High School - 1975-2005  395-298  (11 State Tournament Trips; 1 State Title)
- Lake City, ID - 2005-2008 (41-28)
“To me, you can’t talk about Wa-Hi Basketball without mentioning Jim Thacker,” said Big Blue Boosters President Casey Waddell, who played for Wa-Hi on Thacker’s 2003 and 2004 state qualifying teams. “He was able to get more out of his players than any coach I’ve ever seen. Thack won many games while not having the most talented team on the floor.  Not only was he a good coach, but he’s a great man. I’ve stayed in contact with him since he left Walla Walla, and I’m always treated like family by he and his wife Jan. Thack left a legacy in Walla Walla as a coach, teacher and outstanding community member.”

Wa-Hi basketball radio announcer Roy Elia will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Coach Thacker recognition program. Richland High School Boys Basketball coach Earl Streufert, who played on Coach Thacker’s 1983 state runner up team and served as assistant coach on the 1999 state championship team, is expected to speak at the event at the Walla Walla High School main gym. The Wa-Hi Boys varsity basketball team will play Richland High School following the ceremony. The public is encouraged to attend and join in this celebration. All Wa-Hi games are free for everyone. 


Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Special Meeting/School Board Retreat: January 10, 2023 - 01/09/23

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule