Welcome to the beginning of another exciting and challenging school year! As we start the new year, a reminder that the Board of Directors approved building grade level and name changes. MWC will house PK-2nd grade, TIS will now be called Tieton Elementary School (TES) and will house grades 3-5. HJH will become Highland Middle School (HMS) with grades 6-8. Highland High School (HHS) remains the same.
We are in the process of implementing our capital levy projects made possible by the support of our community. The initial priority per the Board of Directors and Facilities committee has been HVAC systems, instructional space, and roofing improvements. We have determined that the best way to address the project costs and supply-chain issues, is to run the project in 2 phases. Phase 1, which is under way, is the remodel for the HMS commons. Phase 2 will start next April and will include the HMS roof and HVAC upgrades/units. This phase-in approach allows us to fund the HMS commons as needed to meet budget as well as accrue the allotment in April to include the phase 2 items. It will also ensure we do not over-extend the budget as monies come in per the capital project yearly allocations as voted on by the local taxpayers. The Board of Directors will spend time mapping out priorities for the remainder of the 6-year levy.
As always, please feel free to contact the district office if we can be of service. I am truly excited about the school year and look forward to working with the students and patrons of the Highland School District. There are many positive things happening in our schools and all of you are to be commended for your part in making Highland such a special place.