Superintendent

 

 

Thank You Students, Staff, and Families
for a Great 2017-2018 School Year!


As the 2017-18 School Year has come to a close, there are many exciting changes continuing to unfold on the Blaine School District Campus.

 

Phase II of Blaine High School’s construction work is nearing completion, with the movement of furniture scheduled for the first part of August. This new two-story building includes 19 separate classrooms, and represents the core of the instructional program space on the overall site. With the new Cafeteria, Small Theatre, Band Room and Career and Technical Education (CTE) space having opened in September of 2017, the overall structure is now two-thirds of the way to reaching full completion. Phase III of the project, to be completed by the summer of 2019, will include a newly remodeled Library, Main Office and Support Staff space. We are on track for full completion of the Blaine High School project in time for the 2019-20 School Year. This is slated to be a beautiful facility and one that is highly conducive to the learning needs of all students. We are very grateful for the support of the Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts communities for making this major undertaking a reality.

 

Concurrently, some smaller-scale, yet necessary, remodel work is underway this summer at Blaine Elementary School. We are in the process of upgrading five (5) classrooms, while also enclosing the covered play area. The staff and students of Blaine Elementary School will be coming back in late August to some significantly noticeable changes to their facility.

 

Over the summer, we will be engaging in a very strategic effort to make the public entry points at each of our schools more secure. Before the start of the new school year, electronic door locking hardware will be installed across the Blaine Campus. Each school’s main entrance will also be visible and interactive via video camera. The Blaine High School facility’s hardware and supporting software will be fully operational with completion of Phase III, in the Summer of 2019.

 

In addition to securing entry points, we are moving to secure the presence of a full-time SRO Officer (Blaine Police Department) on the Blaine Campus no later than January 2019, with part-time SRO presence continuing in the interim. We are also in the process of updating our campus evacuation and student reunification plans, as we seek to assure for the highest possible level of staff and student safety across all program sites.

 

The 2017-18 school year presented a number of highlights specific to the instructional program, including but by no means limited to:

  1. A highly popular and extensively accessed Bio Med Program at Blaine High School
  2. A number of new College in the High School Courses
  3. Accreditation Renewal at Blaine High School
  4. A new Truancy Intervention and In School Suspension Program at Blaine Middle School
  5. Increased levels of After School Academic Intervention Offerings at Blaine Middle School
  6. A new Literacy Program at the K-2 level (Blaine Primary School and Pt. Roberts Primary School), with implementation of this new literacy resource taking place at Blaine Elementary School as we enter into the 2018-19 school year
  7. An extensive number of more formalized Social and Emotional Learning Programs formally implemented across all levels of the system

Much more extensive details on the overall work that is taking place in the Blaine School District, and the progress of these initiatives, can be accessed, through our Comprehensive Plan, which can be linked from our website homepage at www.blainesd.org.

 

We hope that our students, staff and families enjoy a very safe and restful summer break. We are very grateful for your continued to support to the education of our youth, and look forward to seeing you on August 29!

 

Ronald C. Spanjer Ed.D.
Superintendent
Email: rspanjer@blainesd.org