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Othello School Board Considers Bond to Ease Overcrowding - 11/13/17

OTHELLO, WA -- Thanks to the generous input of hundreds of community and staff members, a $61.4 million bond is on the consent agenda for official approval by the Othello School Board of Directors at tonight's November 13 meeting. If approved by the Board, Othello voters will see the proposed bond on their February 13, 2018 special election ballots.

The decision to pursue a bond and the resulting planning evolved as the District analyzed information gathered from Othello residents and staff at community forums, and through surveys and social media. Othello's schools are at 118% of capacity. This means Othello schools are built for 3702 students and the current enrollment is 4356 students. Public input favored doing something as soon as possible to help ease overcrowding.

The proposed school bond includes building a new elementary and a new middle school, expanding the existing high school to be "like new," and increasing student capacity from 1000 students to 1500 students. A total local tax increase of 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed value is estimated for the projects. (See attached poster.)

"I'm so appreciative of the time and effort our citizens have spent helping us imagine solutions to our facility challenges," said Dr. Chris Hurst, Superintendent. "This community clearly supports and values education -- and believes that strong schools are key to a vibrant community and healthy local economy."

More information on the proposed bond can be found on the district website at www.othelloschools.org/bond2018. Questions may be directed to the Othello Superintendent's Office at 509.488.2659 ext. 1001, or churst@othelloschools.org.

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Attached Media Files: Othello Bond Facts
School Award Ceremony Rescheduled - 11/12/17

OTHELLO, WA -- CORRECTION: The School of Distinction award ceremony recognizing Wahitis Elementary School in Othello is being rescheduled to early December. On November 7th, a press release was issued by Othello School District advertising the ceremony for November 20th. This date is being postponed, and a later date and time will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact the District Office at 509.488.2659 ext. 1003.

Wahitis Elementary School
Wahitis Elementary School
Data Trends Continue to Rise in Othello (Photo) - 11/06/17

OTHELLO, WA -- For the second year in a row, Wahitis Elementary School in Othello School District has been named a School of Distinction by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE). Wahitis is receiving this award for sustained improvement in English Language Arts and Math over a five-year period.

Now in its 11th year, the School of Distinction Awards celebrate the passion, work, and commitment of Washington's schools. The hard work of the staff and students at Wahitis is reflected in the continued improvement of its statewide performance. During this five-year period of growth, Wahitis was under the leadership of Justin Johnson, who currently serves as the District's Director of Data and Innovation.

Othello Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Hurst, states, "We would like to congratulate Justin, the teaching and support staff of Wahitis, parents, students and all others involved for their continued strides toward educational excellence."

An assembly will be held at Wahitis Elementary School on Monday, November 20th at 6 PM in celebration of the school's achievement. During this ceremony, students and staff will be presented with a 2017 School of Distinction banner from CEE to display in the school.

For more information, contact OSD Communications Director, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Wahitis Elementary School