Superintendent Report

Superintendent Report: Eagle Point School District 

June 22, 2022


Instruction:

Last week we successfully completed our regular school year. I am especially proud of the EPSD9 staff. In many ways this past year was harder than the 2020-2021 academic year. Staffing shortages, extensive COVID protocols, and the ongoing emotional struggles of students as they returned to in person learning definitely forced us to redirect our focus even though we knew we had so much lost ground to makeup. Last year, we made online learning and hybrid learning work. This year it was everybody on site, but not as we have ever known it before. Even though this school year seemed to be riddled with difficult distractions from our true purpose and mission, I was continually impressed with how I saw staff rise to these and many other challenges. Every employee of this district is to be commended for going above and beyond all day everyday. I am proud and grateful for the hard work and dedication of EPSD9 employees.


Looking ahead, our summer programs began today, June 21. We have expanded our summer offerings in order to continue the process of recouping the academic progress lost over the last two years. Designing and staffing these programs has again been challenging. Finding sufficient staff has been difficult for some time and many of our regular year employees quite frankly need the summer break in order to recharge for the coming regular school year. I am thankful for those who have willingly made themselves available to meet the educational needs of students this summer.


In looking to the 2022-2023 academic year we are optimistic. We believe that the worst of the epidemic is behind us -knock on wood- and we can return our focus to the main task of improving our district and student performance as outlined in our strategic plan. We also believe that as we move further from the immediate impacts of the epidemic we will see improved progress in all areas.


Facilities:

We are at a critical point regarding whether or not to move towards a bond this coming November. I anticipate the Board making a decision in July. Currently, a working group from the Facilities Committee has developed a list of projects with estimated costs. Before making a decision I would like the Board to consider a recent survey, conducted by an outside firm, Nelson Research LLC, seeking to determine the community's perspective on our needs and solutions. This is in addition to the survey conducted by the Facilities Committee itself last February. The data and some interpretation will be presented during the regular June Board meeting for the Board’s consideration.

Food Service:

Our student breakfasts, lunches and snacks have been a topic of interest for the Board. Over the past month Board members have participated in meals at EPHS, EPMS, HES and TRE with an eye towards assessing the quality of the offering and learning more about the ins and outs of food services. It is a complex topic that is heavily regulated. EPSD9 is currently in a food services contract with the private vender Sodexo. This is a five year contract which ends at the end of the 2023/2024 academic year. Each year of the contract is renewed annually and next year’s will be up for review by the board during its regular June meeting.

D9 Foundation:

The D9 Foundation, our local organization whose sole purpose is to provide scholarships for every Eagle Point graduate, is also planning to return to holding in-person events.The D9 Weekend will be September 10th & 11th. The Dinner and Auction will be held on the 10th and the Golf Tournament will be held on the 11th. The D9 Foundation is currently seeking sponsors and donors for the auction and tournament. Please consider making a contribution for the auction or volunteering during the event. Every penny earned goes to our students. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected]

Andy Kovach
Superintendent
541-830-6563