The senior party and Baccalaureate are not school sponsored.
Watch for the “Senior Moments” section in every newsletter to make sure we don’t forget any important senior information!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR CELL PHONE USERS
On February 9, all cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketing companies. You will be charged for any sales calls you receive.
You can prevent this by calling 1-888-382-1222 from your cell phone. It is the National Do Not Call list. It blocks your number for five years. You can also register online for the National Do Not Call List. You will need a valid e-mail address to register online. Here is the URL:
TRANSFER WINDOW FOR IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER REQUESTS
-- Applications for In-District Transfer request are now being accepted. All families interested in pursuing a transfer to an attendance area school other than a student’s home attendance area school must apply to be considered in the initial authorization process. Applications are available in the school office or at the Student Services Office at 615 Snow Avenue. If a student is currently attending a school on transfer, there is no need to re-apply unless he/she is moving to the next level (Middle or High) or requesting transfer to a different school. Questions and concerns can be addressed by calling 967-6003 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
--Applications for Out-of-District Transfer Requests will be accepted from March 1, 2006 through March 31, 2006. If a student is currently attending a Richland school on transfer from another district, there is no need to re-apply unless he/she is moving to the next level (Middle or High) or requesting transfer to a different school. However, an updated Waiver of Attendance for release from your home school district must be provided. Questions and concerns can be addressed by calling 967-6003 or by sending an email to email@example.com
RHS PTSA NEWS………….
A major thank you to our December newsletter assemblers: Parents: Cheryl Hosking & Leanne Guyll; Life Skills teacher: Mrs. J. Wulf; assistants: Melinda Holden & Alison Hoyt; students; Eli Barr, Ruthie Brandt, Brett Carey, Jeff Carpentieri, Becky Heard, Ashlan Ogren, Mike Soto, & Lindsay Wright, and TA's Jenna Blaski, Lynnsey Amaral and Shaine Wells.
PTSA LEGISLATIVE NEWS……….. The 2006 Washington State Legislative Session started January 9, 2006. This year’s session is scheduled to last only sixty days. Washington State PTA members need to make sure our elected representatives give high priority to issues impacting children and youth.
The most time efficient and effective way you can be involved is to sign up to receive LegislativeAction Alerts from Washington State PTA at www.wastatepta.org/programs/Legislation/legintro.htm. You will receive one to two email messages a week from our Government Relations Director, Mary Kenfield. The email will contain a link to our Legislative Action Center. This is a very user friendly tool for sending email to your elected representatives. It automatically fills in the addresses and gives you sample text. Customizing the text is very easy. It also provides concise background information on the issue and Washington State PTA’s position.
If you prefer the phone over email, you can call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. You do not need to know the name of your representatives. The operator will use your address to identify them and will send them your message. It’s very easy!
We will be attending PTA’s Focus Day on January 26 in Olympia. We meet with our elected representatives and ask them to support the issues we voted our top priorities at our Legislative Assembly. We will provide more information on Focus Day in month's newsletter. This year be sure to join the 146,000 Washington State PTA members in making our voices heard in Olympia. We are counting on you.
Legislative Chairs Britton Winterrose 628-8802 and Andrew Rawlins 627-8704.
RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS…………. From Steve Aagaard, Communications Office
Board sets operation levy amounts The Richland School Board has approved the levy amounts which will be presented to voters on February 7:
· $12.3 million in 2007 (a 9.8% increase over the current levy)
· $13.3 million in 2008 (an 8.1% increase over 2007).
The operations levy allows the District to continue basic programs which are not fully funded by the state.
"This levy will allow us to maintain our quality programs and maintain a fiscally sound budget," said Superintendent Rich Semler.
The operations levy is not a new tax. It will replace the current levy which expires at the end of 2006. Every two years, taxpayers are asked to renew the levy.
"In the last levy cycle, the District increased the amount by only one percent each year," stated Board President Rick Jansons. "However, a status-quo levy is not possible this time. Transportation and utilities costs have risen significantly and are expected to rise further. Also, the District's ninth elementary school will open in 2007 with additional annual operating costs of $615,000."
If voters choose to renew the levy, the tax rate would go up 15 cents in 2007, from $2.93 per $1000 of assessed valuation to $3.08 per $1000. Yearly property taxes would increase $15 on a $100,000 home.
"We're keeping this levy as low as we can, yet the District will still be able to maintain its excellent educational program," added Jansons.
The District's levy tax rate has dropped 44 cents in the last four years. In 2002, property owners paid $3.37 per $1000 of assessed valuation. In 2006, they will be paying an estimated $2.93 per $1000. As total assessed valuation goes up, the District's tax rate goes down.
District refinances bonds; $740,000 savings for taxpayers
The Richland School District has refinanced some outstanding bonds in order to take advantage of low interest rates. The refinancing will lower the District's bond tax rate and that will result in a $740,000 savings to taxpayers over the next 12 years.
"It's always good news when we can lessen the tax burden," stated Superintendent Rich Semler. "$740,000 is a significant amount of money that our citizens will get to keep for their own use."
The Richland School Board accomplished these savings by approving the issuance of $6.5 million in refunding bonds in January. Recent low interest rates signaled that the time was right for the refinancing move.
Interest rates average 3.8% on the new bonds. That compares to a 4.7% average on the original bonds. The original bonds were issued following the successful 1997 election which provided $20 million in funding for construction of Wiley Elementary School and renovation of Carmichael
RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS……continue
More WASLs good for children?
The State Superintendent's Office plans to add four WASL tests this spring at grades 3, 5, 6 and 8. Is this what's best for children? The Richland School Board doesn't think so. Board members stated
recently before legislative committees in Olympia that three WASL tests are enough. Board members told legislators that:
· State funding should be focused on teaching and learning, not assessment.
· Assessment tools should be simple to administer, inexpensive, and provide useful data to staff, students and parents.
· Students should be in class learning.
More information is available at: www.rsd.edu/nomorewasls/