04.01.22 Update from Superintendent Chaplik

04.01.22 Update from Superintendent Chaplik
Posted on 04/01/2022
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April 1, 2022

Dear Sultan School District Families and Community Members,

I am reaching out to provide an update to you as we head into spring break, which runs the week of April 4-8. Whatever you choose to do as a family I hope that you have a good time together doing the things that you want to do with those you care about most. When we return after spring break, we will be in the home stretch of academic focus and our continued work in helping students adjust to a sense of normalcy. Also, in mid-May, we will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment in the grades that are required to take this assessment. You may recall that we took an abbreviated assessment in the fall that was last year’s test and given because of federal compliance reasons as it was not waived due to Covid. Below, I will highlight a few topics that I hope you find valuable.

2021-2022 School Calendar

We experienced 3 snow days this year that resulted in the cancelation of school. We typically wait until the end of March to adjust the calendar to make sure that we are in the clear of any additional snow days. On Monday, March 28, 2022, the school board approved adding the 3 lost days to the end of the calendar and as a result, the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 21st. Graduation remains unchanged and will be Saturday, June 11.

Education Jamboree

The Education Jamboree that was held on March 30th at Gold Bar Elementary School was a huge success! We served 340 meals and estimate that 400 people attended. It was fantastic to see so many families in attendance having a good time.

April 26, 2022 Levies

The Sultan School District will have two levies on the ballot on April 26th. Proposition 1 is an Education Programs and Operations levy that pays for items that are not currently part of what the state funds. This includes up to 34 critical staff, sports, marching band, drama, a school resource officer, and other things. This levy is $1.50 per $1,000 of valuation. Proposition 2 is a Capital levy that is collected in the capital projects fund and will be devoted to critical infrastructure improvements identified by the Community Facility Advisory Committee, technology, and a new transportation facility. This levy was reduced from $1.25 per $1,000 that was requested in February to $0.95 that is now being requested. Together these levies are $2.45 per $1,000 of assessed value which is $1.12 less than the community was paying in 2018. A fact sheet is linked and will be mailed to you soon. I encourage you to check out the attached financial presentation that is very helpful in understanding why levies are necessary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVzKvZpe6Rw

Covid Testing Update

Covid testing will resume on the SMS Campus in room 305 on Thursday, April 7th with our new testing provider CIC Health. We’re thankful that some of the PMG testing staff will continue with CIC Health so you’ll see some familiar faces. Moving forward with CIC Health, testing will now be available by appointment only from 1-5 pm on weekdays, beginning 4/7. Each person must be registered with an appointment to receive a test. To register and schedule an appointment follow this link: https://bit.ly/3iSfEfQ

Thank you for your patience and flexibility with this testing provider transition. Please extend grace if there are any bumps in the first few days as these are new protocols for everyone. We’re grateful that we are able to continue to provide Covid testing for our students, staff, and families!

Sincerely,

Dan Chaplik, Superintendent
Sultan School District