2008 In ReviewBlaine School District

Published on Thu, Jan 1, 2009 by Ron SpanjerSuperintendent

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2008 In Review
Blaine School District

By Ron Spanjer

It has been a very exciting and productive year for the Blaine school district. Students across the program continue to demonstrate a high level of core academic achievement, while also excelling in the arts and athletics. Our “Borderites” consistently receive recognition for their accomplishments on a local, regional, state and national level.

In the spring of 2008, Newsweek magazine once again recognized Blaine high school as one of 1400 outstanding programs in the United States. The primary driver for this recognition remains the number of students that enroll in Advanced Placement courses at the secondary level. Our students are continuing to experience a significantly high level of academic opportunity and are demonstrating an increasing commitment to completing a course of study that will have a positive impact on their future. The Blaine school district is extremely privileged to have a highly experienced and dedicated staff across the K-12 program.

In March 2008, our patrons approved a four-year maintenance and operations levy that will continue to assist us in providing for exemplary educational opportunities for students at all levels. As we move into a period of time in which economic instability at the state and national level will likely result in a reduction of resources to schools, we feel very fortunate to have such a high level of local support for our overall program. The work of considering the impact of declining state revenue to our program is underway. We will commit to keeping our community informed of our progress.

The communities of Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts remain an integral part of assuring for the overall success of our students. Our staff and students benefit from literally thousands of hours of volunteer support. We would like to thank our parents and patrons for their continued commitment to kids. We look forward to joining with you to continue the vital work of educating all students in 2009!