Superintendent's Message, April 27, 2016

  • Dr. Cohn
    Dear friends and neighbors,
    Everett Public Schools staff, families, and students extend a heartfelt thank you to voters for saying “yes” to our April 26 capital levy and bond request.

    The capital levy and bond funds enable schools to continue delivering the rigorous, high quality education our students deserve and the community rightfully expects.

    Our enrollment continues to grow – so much so, that in another seven years, we expect an additional 2,000 students. The bond and levy will help relieve some of the overcrowding kids, staff, and families now experience in many of our schools.

    Bond funds will build a new elementary school, and modernize North Middle and Woodside Elementary. The bond will fund other smaller projects to protect our communities’ investments in schools and to extend the life of schools as places of learning and community gathering places.

    The capital levy will help add to existing student safety features at schools. New, more secure entryways and further improved video security will be among the safety enhancements. Students will now have equitable access to computers as we move to digital learning environment personalized for each student.

    This community’s historic support of schools has been a sound investment over the decades. Everett Public Schools has one of the state’s highest graduation rates, and we are making progress in closing achievement and opportunity gaps among diverse groups. This district’s school board and staff have a documented track record of fiscal accountability and are committed to an exceptional level of accountability, transparency and stewardship of public funds. Members of the board, who contributed huge amounts of time to make the ballot measure decisions, and the entire district, are grateful for our community’s past and present support of schools and students. We are committed to delivering the highest quality education success for each student.

    Again, a hearty Thank You from all of us in the Everett Public Schools, and a special “thank you” from our students as well.

    p. s. To catch a glimpse of what is happening in our schools today and how your investments are paying off, plan to attend the June 6 Innovation Expo at Xfinity Arena. From 6 to 8 p.m., you will see K-12 students and classroom projects showcasing learning innovation. If you’ve not been in a classroom for a while, you are in for some amazing learning and a different perspective about schools today.

    Also, to stay in touch with the work of our school board and the timelines and progress for capital levy and bond projects, sign up for InTouch. This every-other-week e-newsletter helps you keep tabs on our work and how you can be involved.

    Gary Cohn