We are in the third week of the fourth quarter of school with progress reports going out the first week in May. Our spring sports are in full bloom with teams competing in softball, track and one student participating in co-op baseball with Kamiah High School. Our final music concerts will be as follows: elementary concert May 15 at 1:00 p.m. and the junior/senior high school concert on May 22 at 7:00 p.m. each in their respective gymnasiums. Seniors will graduate on May 25th at 7:00 p.m
Our school year has been filled with many opportunities for our school children. We are proud of our continued success as we are testing our students on the state tests and our students continue to do well.
As we look to the future and we look to our programming, we will be asking our patrons to support a $387,000 levy which is a 2% decrease from the 2011-2012. This levy will allow the Cottonwood School District to continue offering programs that have been successful and have given students opportunities to grow and become well rounded citizens.
Our sporting and academic programs build team work and competition. Students have opportunities to participate in football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, track, baseball and softball. We offer students opportunities to compete in knowledge bowl, after school choir and drama. Before and after school help sessions are available to students who need assistance with assignments or some extra tutorial support. Our after school program provides our younger students with a place to get homework help.
Our teaching staff is superior. We have highly qualified staff members who educate our communitiesí children and the results show in our state test scores and the opportunities our children have to advance. Five teachers teach dual credit courses which give junior and senior students a head start on college. The opportunity to get basic courses transcripted at the college level at $65 per credit helps students and parents financially.
Our data shows that we have made every effort to operate our district in a fiscal manner. With our state budgets decreasing by approximately 22% over the past 5 years, we have had to ask our patrons for supplemental support. We have been so fortunate to get the support needed from our community to continue offering our students a quality education.
We operate with 2 administrators, 27.58 teachers, 6 instructional and 6 support staff. Over the past 6 years we have reduced 1.5 administrators, 4.78 teachers, 2.5 instructional support staff and 3 support staff. We will proceed into the 2012-2013 school year with the above staffing.
Our enrollment school year 2012-2013 is projected to be 387 students. This will be approximately the same number as our 2011-2012 September count.
We thank our community for their continued support of our school system and ask for support on the upcoming levy. Please vote on May 15.