Thanks for a Great Year!

posted Jun 16, 2010, 7:51 AM by Korby Olson
Dear Parents/Guardians,

In a year that brought an unprecedented third year of declining enrollment and declining state revenues, the staff and students in the Middletown Unified School District have accomplished some amazing things:

 

·      Our schools’ test scores are not only the highest in Lake County, they are among the tops schools in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. 

o   Middletown High school gained 61 points on the Academic Performance Index placing them in the top ten high schools in the four county region. 

o   Middletown Middle School increased by13 points on the API after coming off a year when they were selected as a California Distinguished School for the fourth time.  MMS is ranked 11 in the four county region. 

o   Coyote Valley Elementary, Cobb Elementary and Middletown Middle School all exceeded the 800 point goal on the API.

 

·      Jennifer Kelly, Middletown Middle School Science Teacher, was selected as the Lake County Teacher of the Year.

·      Thirty-six of our seniors met the requirements for admission to the CSU-UC university system and of our High School Seniors were admitted into four-year universities.

·      The newly implemented four by four block schedule at the high school has helped to reduce the number of students receiving failing grades by %

·      Our athletic teams have won 9 league championships, and more importantly 4 of our teams have been named academic all-league teams.

·      We have added state-o-the-art technology to every classroom in the district and completed renovation of a high school building adding two state-of-the-art science rooms.

 

These accomplishments can be overlooked when we have to respond to a worldwide economic crisis with budget reductions.  The Board and administration have been working with employee groups, parents, and other Lake County school districts to find the best ways to reduce spending and maintain the level of education that our academic standards require.  We have devoted time in every Board meeting since late January to addressing the budget, seeking on input what are the essential elements of our programs.  We focused our strategic planning meeting on the budget, and followed up with two additional expanded Budget Action Team Meetings in February.

We will end this year with a strong budget reserve to take us through the next three years.  Our employee groups have voted to reduce their salaries next year to by taking furlough days.  This will reduce our school year by four days next year.  The calendar that the Board will adopt at the June 30th Board meeting is attached.  With our earlier start and the reduction in school days, the last day of school will be the Friday before Memorial Day.

 

I would like to close by thanking everyone who has provided input, and participated in the budget process.  We still have great schools with great staffs, supportive parents, and best of all, successful students as a result of the cooperation of our school community.

 

Have a great summer.

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