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Letter from Superintendent Moccia

Superintendent Moccia

May 4, 2023

Dear School Community,

Thank you to our community for voting in the April 25th Island County Special Election.  Although a majority of voters supported the Bond proposition, Washington state requires a supermajority vote of 60% to pass school bonds. We are truly appreciative to the many students, parents and community members who dedicated an abundance of energy to the election. The South Whidbey School Board will decide how to proceed regarding the bond proposal. South Whidbey School District will continue to work to address the needs of the buildings with the current levy funds and budget. 

Thank you to our staff, students and families for participating in our 2023 CEE (Center for Educational Effectiveness) annual survey. We will review the results in the CEE presentation during the Board Retreat on May 10th and use these results to plan for the 2023-2024 school year. 

In September, 2023, our district will be experiencing some changes that will affect all students, staff and families. Here are some of the changes that you can expect:

1)  Our South Whidbey Elementary School (North Campus) will serve students in grades K-5.  The K-5 school day will begin at 8:30am and end at 2:55pm.

2) Our students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will be located at the South Whidbey High/Middle School Campus.  The 6-12 school day will begin at 8:15am and end at 2:40pm.  

3) Signage, entrances and classrooms for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will be separate and clearly marked.  

4) School Bus schedules will coincide with the new start and end times and will be published by August 25, 2023.

5) The transportation, maintenance and technology offices will be located at the transportation facility. 

6) The district offices (superintendent, business, human resources) will relocate to the South Campus with the special education offices. 

7) Early Release Wednesdays will remain in place with release still 90 minutes prior to normal  (6-12 will release at  1:10pm and K-5 will release at 1:25pm).

As we wrap up the end of the 2022-2023 school year,  the district, schools, students and families are focused on their classes, end of the year projects, current assessments, graduation plans, athletic playoffs, field trips, performances, the 23-24 budget, plans for 2023-2024, review and reflection of the 22-23,  senior send offs, and embracing the much appreciated sunshine.  

Thank you to everyone for all of their support in 2022-2023. 

Jo Moccia, Superintendent