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SuperintendentSuperintendent's Update
Updated July 9, 2012

Welcome to the Banks School District. As the new superintendent of the Banks School District I am very pleased to be serving students, staff, parents/guardians and the community patrons of the Banks School District. This fall our District serves approximately 1,095 students in grades K-12 spread over 450 square miles within our District’s attendance boundaries. For the 2012-13 school year we are projecting approximately 530 elementary students, 183 junior high students and 382 high school students. We have a five member Board of Directors dedicated to developing and maintaining school policy in the best interest of students and their learning within a safe and secure learning environment.

Thanks to the many community members and Board of Directors who were part of our facilities planning committee’s efforts since 2006, a construction bond for our school district was finally passed in May of 2012. Their relentless work, perseverance and vision has placed the district in a position to build a new middle school to replace our aged junior high school, provide some renovations to the high school, add an emergency entrance for the elementary school, and complete some campus renovations and improvements. We tentatively plan to have our new middle school ready for students in March of 2014. This means the old building is on schedule to be demolished at the close of the 2012-13 school year beginning in June of 2013. The current JH cafeteria and gym will remain as part of the new school. This long overdue building project is a strong shot of energy for the school district and our community. Our construction planning and design committee members and Board members are rolling up their sleeves to ensure a timely completion of the project while keeping budget and high quality results in mind. We will be providing regular updates on our District website to keep you informed of the progress.

This fall you will see a full turnover of building administrative positions at our three schools. Mark Everett will move from the junior high school to the high school as principal. Shelley Mitchell will be our new junior high school principal while continuing with her duties as student services director. Shawnda Sewell will be the new elementary school principal. This will be a very strong administrative team and I look forward to working with them to do great things for kids!

Come and join us! Our District is focused on providing high quality learning experiences for all students. I am proud of our high quality teaching staff, support staff and administrators. Our employees are committed to assuring success for all students and are willing to go the extra mile to get this done. We are also blessed with a community and parent base that fully supports our efforts. Like all school districts in the state, we are lacking the appropriate funding to do all that we would like to do for our students and their learning. However, we will make no excuses. We may not be able to do everything we want to do. However, we will thoughtfully prioritize and define what we can do, and do it extraordinarily well. This will make our school district is a great place for kids.

On behalf of our employees and Board of Directors, thank you for allowing us to educate and care for your children.It is important to me to receive your feedback. I fully understand that many of you are working during our regular school hours and unable to call. Therefore, please feel free to contact me via email (bobh@banks.k12.or.us) or call me at home (920-242-7172).

Bob Huston
Superintendent