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Evergreen Board President announces resignation - 12/11/18

At tonight’s Evergreen Public Schools Board meeting, Tuesday, December 11, Board President Todd Yuzuriha announced his resignation from the governing body effective February 13, 2019. After more than ten years of service, Yuzuriha said he must now focus on family health issues. 

Appointed to Director District Four in 2008 and elected in 2009, 2011, and 2015, Yuzuriha joined the Board during the height of the recession.  Despite needing to make over $25 million in budget cuts over three years, the district was able to protect teaching positions and became one of the first districts in the state of offer all-day, every day kindergarten at every elementary school.  Through all the highs and lows, he remained a champion for student achievement and pushed the Board to ensure students had 21st Century skills, curriculum and opportunities.

Yuzuriha has been part of the Board that has eliminated elementary school supply lists and fees for sports and extra-curricular activities as well as authorizing the transition to 1:1 devices supported with a significant investment in digital curriculum.  He is proud the district was able to build Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School by taking advantage of federal stimulus funds without requiring the taxpayers to pass a bond.  Yuzuriha is grateful for the tremendous courage and action by the district, staff, community, and local and state governments to recover quickly from the Crestline Elementary School fire.  He also played a major role in the crafting of the $695 million capital bond measure that passed last February, that will rebuild eight schools, add a new elementary school, and provide substantial upgrades to nearly every other school in the district.  He is a retired technology engineering executive, but is also a supporter for the performing arts in schools, including playing his trumpet in concerts and musicals throughout the district.

The Board formally accepted Yuzuriha’s resignation at tonight’s Board meeting and then discussed a process for appointing his replacement by the time he leaves his position in February. 

Evergreen Public Schools graduation rate continues to rise, outpacing state and peer districts - 12/05/18

More than 87.5 percent of students graduated on time from Evergreen Public Schools in June 2018, and the total rises to nearly 90 percent as students recover credits and pass required tests after completing their senior year according to results recently released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). That compares to the 2018 state average of 79.3 percent for on-time graduation and 82.4 percent for those students completing graduation requirements in five years.  Last year, peer districts (those with similar enrollment and demographics) report on-time graduation rates ranging from 78.8 to 82 percent with an extended graduation rate of 85 to 85.9 percent.

Each of the six high schools within the district-Evergreen, Henrietta Lacks (HeLa), Heritage, Legacy, Mountain View and Union-have made gains over the past three years in improving on-time graduation. “We have been thoughtful and methodical in identifying students early in their high school career who may struggle and need additional assistance. It could be anything from improving attendance, to reducing test-taking anxiety to looking for a personalized approach to a subject,” said Bill Oman, Executive Director of Secondary Education. “In particular, we have two high schools-Legacy and Heritage – that have made great strides in helping students succeed and successfully get to graduation.”

“The Board of Directors has set a goal they feel so strongly about that they call it our ‘Mega Result,” which states: students will graduate prepared for personal success in their choice of career and/or post-secondary education, committed to contribute to the common good and motivated to continue the pursuit of knowledge throughout their lives,” said Superintendent John Steach. “We are making substantial progress in ensuring students achieve this goal.”

Washington State graduation requirements, which must be achieved by public school students in order to be eligible for a diploma, can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements.

Evergreen Public Schools, with over 24,000 students and 3,300 staff members, is the sixth largest school district in the state, and the third largest employer in Clark County

Letter sent to Heritage High School parents after lockout - 11/16/18

Here is a copy of the letter sent to Heritage High School families about a law enforcement action adjacent to the school today. Any additional information about the incident would be released from the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

 

Dear Heritage Families:

I want to make you aware of a lockout incident at our school today.

Our campus was temporarily placed in lockout by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office due to a report of an incident in the area.  The lockout was in place for about 45 minutes and was lifted as soon as we were given clearance by law enforcement.

Our students were safe and never in danger. The lockout was a precautionary measure by our local law enforcement and school personnel.

Please know we take these situations very seriously, and the safety of our students is always our top priority. 

Derek Garrison, Heritage High School Principal