From the Superintendent's Desk August 2019

It seems only a few days ago we were preparing to send the WHS Class of 2019 out into the world, but time in the summer flies by for those of us in the school business.

Our 2019-20 School Year officially begins Monday, August 12 with all employees reporting to work and our students first day of school on Thursday, August 15.

I am thankful to our local legislative delegation for their support of education.  One of the bright spots from the 2019 legislative session in addition to a teacher pay increase was an increase in overall funding for education.  Our district has committed those funds to replacing some of the teaching positions we were forced to eliminate in the past.  It is our hope this will reduce the class sizes and enhance learning for our students.

Also, the district has committed some of those funds to a long overdue loyalty stipend, based on years with the district, for our non-certified staff members.

Finally, I would be remiss to not mention at least one of the innovative offerings we have planned for the 2019-20 school year.  We have refined our online virtual and blended learning offering and enhanced it for grades 6-12.  This online virtual instruction will allow students who would like to participate in our many extra-curricular activities such an option that may not exist with some of the online virtual options currently available for students residing in our district.

District wide enrollment is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13.

I am excited for the start of school on August 15, and I hope you are as well.  We will be prepared to provide the best experience possible with your support.  Let’s make the 2019-20 school year one to remember as we work together!

GO Diggers!!! #DiggerForward

Dr. Butler