2010 In Review: Blaine School District

Published on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 by By Ron Spanjer, Superintendent

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The 2010 calendar year has been a very exciting and productive one for the students and staff of the Blaine school district. 

Our students are showing consistent improvement in academic performance, as measured by state assessments.

We are continuing to see high numbers of Blaine high school students enrolled in Advance Placement (AP) courses, and once again in 2010 received national recognition for this accomplishment.  Many of our students are regional and state level award winners in the fine and performing arts, as participation and performance levels in both band and choir programs remain exceptional.  In 2010, our on-time graduation rates surpassed the 90 percent level for the first time.

The challenges brought on by economic recession have resulted in a third consecutive year of substantial program reductions.  Over the past three years, the Blaine school district has seen more than $2 million in overall expenditure adjustments.  In spite of these unprecedented cuts, we believe that we have successfully assured for maintaining the quality and integrity of the instructional program. While additional financial challenges lie ahead, we are confident that staff and community will continue to work together to assure for decisions that are ultimately best for kids.

We look forward to bringing a capital improvement bond to voters in April of 2011, as we consider the opportunity for much needed upgrades to the high school facility. The community can anticipate seeing much more information specific to related projects, beginning in January.

We feel very privileged to have such a highly skilled and experienced staff working with students each day.  Our charge is that of providing a quality education to the students of Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts.  We are committed to making 2011 an even stronger year at all levels of the system.