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20 Year Enrollment History
Mount Hall Elementary School
January 30, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Boundary County Middle School
February 13, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Moyie Springs Community Center
February 27, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Naples Elementary School
March 13, 2017 - 5:30 pm
2017 M&O Levy
New Dates & Times
Girls - Jan. 26, 2017
JV - 5:30 pm
Varsity - 7:00 pm
Boys - Feb. 7, 2017
JV - 5:30 pm
Varsity - 7:00 pm
Emergency School Closures
With the winter months at hand, Boundary County School District No. 101 wants to inform patrons that school closures due to weather/road conditions will be announced on the following:
RADIO STATIONS TV STATIONS
KBFI 1450 AM KREM TV Channel 2
KPBX 92.1 FM KXLY TV Channel 4
KDRK 94 FM KHQ TV Channel 6
KPND 95.3 FM
K102 & AM
Emergency school closure information will be on our emergency telephone line 267-8934. The District will also be using the power announcement system to notify parents, guardians and staff of any school emergency, including school closures. It will also be posted on our district’s website at www.bcsd101.com and posted on www.newsbf.com.
Please use these sources to learn of closure information. Also remember inclement weather may cause buses to be less punctual so dress your children accordingly to meet these conditions.
December 17, 2017
Friends of Boundary County School District #101,
Are you looking for a New Year’s Resolution that will help your children succeed? I have an easy plan. The business of education is to help people make informed decisions. The only way to do this is to teach the facts, increase communication and share knowledge. Such is the nature of this addition of the “Supt. Scoop”.
Over the years, the Boundary County School Board of Trustees have struggled with financing our school program. Our community generously stepped up two years ago by supporting a $2.4 million supplemental Maintenance and Operations Levy. In March of this year we will ask for the same support; you will learn more about this in the months to come. This article will explain something the schools have little control over: student attendance.
Recently I contacted Tim Hill, the Deputy Superintendent of Public School Finance for the State Department of Education. He explains, “State funding is based on groups of students’ average daily attendance (ADA). These groups are called support units. Using the midterm reporting period, we take the aggregate attendance from this time period and divide it by days in the session. This ADA is used to determine salary apportionment which is approximately 85% of our state funding. Anything that brings down the average daily attendance in this time frame will affect the biggest piece of funding for the district.”
Children miss school for a variety of reasons: illness, family emergencies, celebrations, sports, etc. Many absences can be considered excused if parents let us know where the student is, but the district is not funded for those days. I hate to bring up this next note as I value family loyalty, but even when younger siblings travel to watch their older brother or sister represent BFHS, we not reimbursed.
The financing of public education is a complicated process. Student support units are different for elementary and secondary school students. Statewide average per unit is $94,100 in the fiscal year 2017. An elementary school support unit for grades 1-3 is 20 students. $94,100 divided into 20 equals $4,705 per year. Divided into 141 school days, this equals $33.37 per day per student. When a student is absent, even if excused, we lose this money.
Another factor which plays into the importance of attendance is our four day school week. Our school days are longer to accommodate for this. It becomes a simple math problem. When a BCSD student misses one day per week, they miss 25% of instructional time for the week. In a traditional five day school district missing one day accounts for 20% of the instructional time.
I know there are some who will say, “The schools just want kids to attend for funding.” Get to know our staff and you will learn this is not true. We want students at school so we can do our jobs! School attendance is much more important than money. The biggest toll is paid in the student’s educational development. The research that compares “testing to attendance” has shown those students with higher attendance rates do better on standardized testing and better in school overall. Many of our students cannot master concepts without the benefits of the instruction given in the classroom. Many parents voice concerns they are unable to help their kids with homework in classes like math and science. Being in class is vital for these students.
Of course, we do not want students to attend school if they are ill and/or contagious. In addition, we will continue to send students home if they have head lice; we have a no-nit policy. I just ask parents to carefully consider the reason to keep your child home from school.
Respectfully submitted by Gary Pflueger, Supt.
I believe without a doubt that the difference between good and great teachers is that great teachers are always learning. We at Naples Elementary have a school full of great teachers, and today I get to recognize one of them. Mr. Jason Murray is the fourth grade teacher at Naples Elementary. Mr. Murray joined the Wolverines this year after moving with his wife, Andra, and their two children from Seattle, WA. I will always remember getting a call last spring from Mr. Murray. His wife had recently been hired as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Lake Pend Oreille School District, and Mr. Murray was looking for a position in a nearby district. I’m not one to believe in fate, but I kind of believe that fate brought Mr. Murray to Naples Elementary.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Murray has really stepped up and helped out Naples in major ways. He’s going to be attending a training this January, so he can help the district meet the needs of our GATE students. He is also willing to help out in any way at Naples. Just last week, while our custodian was busy with shoveling our sidewalks, Mr. Murray gave up his prep, picked up a vacuum, and got to work. Mr. Murray has a positive presence on the playground and in the hallways. Linda Lee, Naples Secretary, says that “Mr. Murray is always positive and optimistic. He’s willing to do more, and he’s super funny.” The students and staff really enjoy working with him. He brings a level of professionalism that is appreciated by students, staff, and parents.
It’s with great honor that I recognize Mr. Jason Murray as Boundary County School District’s Certified Employee of the Month for December. Thank you, Mr. Murray for making Naples Elementary a fun place to work, play, and grow.
Go Mr. Murray! And Go Wolverines!
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