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Referrals for consideration of participation in Ephrata School District's Highly Capable Program for 2023 are currently being accepted. Kindergarten through Grade 12 students may be nominated by parents, teachers, other students and members of the community. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 19, 2022. Click for more information about the school district’s Highly Capable Program.
Ephrata High School welcomes Austin Parker as its new varsity boys wrestling coach. Parker will lead the Tigers in their season opener on Thursday, Dec. 1, at home.
Plows are on our vehicles and Ephrata School District maintenance crews are getting ready for winter weather. It takes an army of employees to battle the snow and ice to make schools safe on winter days. Maintenance crews get to work at 4:30 a.m. to start clearing sidewalks, parking lots, bus loops and other high traffic areas. They're helped by our day custodians to clear paths for students and staff. We appreciate all their efforts to make school run safely.
Greetings and good morning.
Following Tuesday's elections, I wanted to take a moment to pause and say “THANK YOU!” As of the writing of this message, our 2 ballot propositions are fairing as follows:
- Capital Projects - PASSING with a 55.68%
- Buses - PASSING 59.54%
- As a reminder: Levies require a simple majority (50%) to pass. Bonds require a supermajority (60%) to pass.
Greetings and good afternoon.
This UPDATE is intended to...
- Remind us about last year's words of importance.
- Build awareness of this year's.
- Provide a space for me to share what I'm thinking about.
- Generate thinking, conversation, awareness, and positive action.
Two Ephrata School District levies are up for voter consideration on the November ballot. If approved, one of the projects funded will be upgrades to audiovisual equipment at Ephrata High School and Parkway Intermediate School that help with classroom security and audio enhancement.
Both the EHS main building and Parkway Intermediate School were not included in the District's approved, 2019 bond. This means that technology updates underway or scheduled for other buildings are not currently planned at these two schools. The District is seeking funding to ensure EHS and Parkway receive the same improvements and stay consistent with other buildings.
Parkway Intermediate School students were treated to an assembly with Nationally acclaimed author, Tui T. Sutherland on Tuesday. Sutherland is the author of the New York Times bestselling series, Wings of Fire, Warrior Cats and other books for young readers.
The school meet-and-greet is the handiwork of Parkway Intermediate Librarian, Diann Klocke. Klocke found a hidden link to the opportunity on the Scholastic Books website and immediately took action, securing one of two assemblies nationwide.
You may recall that the last bond vote approved funding to remodel Grant Elementary. Last week we opened bids from contractors hoping to approve the project. What we found is that at current pricing, we are unable to afford the project. Bids were submitted at nearly 40% more than what we have budgeted. At this time, we cannot, in good conscience or as good stewards of taxpayer money, accept this project. Grant Elementary construction will be delayed.
It's been a while since I have written a Community UPDATE. I want to get back into the habit of sending these out. This UPDATE is going to be dedicated to our upcoming ballot measures, and a bond/construction update.
This November, we are putting before you two levies for your approval. The funds needed for these levies do not add a new tax burden to ratepayers. In 2018, Ephrata Schools made a commitment to keep school bonds and levy taxes close to $4.70 per $1,000 of assessed value. Tax rates will remain at this threshold with the approval of these two measures.