04.22.22 Superintendent Update

04.22.22 Superintendent Update
Posted on 04/22/2022
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04/22/2022

Dear Sultan School District Families and Community Members,

It is hard to believe but April is quickly coming to a close. It is fantastic to see kids busy each day doing the things they love to do inside the classroom and out on the athletic fields. There are a number of important things that I would like to update for you.

Enrollment

One of the questions that comes up frequently is our enrollment and where we are versus where we were when our schools transitioned to remote learning. In February 2020, just before we moved to remote learning, our student enrollment was 1,918 and in February 2022 our enrollment count was 1,905. This is a difference of 13 students. I would attribute some of the minimal enrollment loss to being one of the first districts to reopen to in-person learning. I want to thank our community, school board, and staff for making this possible. An interesting trend that we are seeing develop is in the early grades, currently, at Sultan Elementary School we have 108 Kindergartners, 101 first graders, and 111 second graders. I can only recall one time in the last several years where we had over 100 students in a class at SES and that was in Kindergarten.

High School Play

I want to remind you that the high school drama department will be performing the play “Harvey” tonight (4/22) and tomorrow night (4/23) at 7 pm and tomorrow at Sultan High School (1000 Turk Drive, Sultan) in the commons. The cost is $10.00.

Levy Facts

I am very thankful for the support our communities have shown to the school district over the years. The following link is the levy fact sheet that was mailed to residences within the school district boundary. I am linking it HERE in case you did not get it for some reason. Also, I want to make you aware that school levies are unique in that they are approved for a fixed dollar amount of collections. We can’t collect a penny more even if property values rise. The current Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 that expire in December of 2022 total $2.07 per $1,000. Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 on the April 26th ballot to run between 2023 and 2026 are set at $2.45 per $1,000. The $0.38 increase will raise $4,200,000 and the state is going to match it with a contribution of $3,940,000 to complete the Transportation Cooperative project. At the following link HERE you can see what these two measures will cost you depending on the assessed value of your home. The left side in green represents what you are currently paying at $2.07 per $1,000. The right side in blue includes the addition of the $0.38 for Proposition 2. The difference between the two numbers is the additional we would each pay over a 4 year period and the transportation cooperative would be complete. As an example, using an assessed value of $600,000, if both measures pass then the cost to the homeowner would increase from $103.47 for our current levies, to $122.45 with both new measures. In this example, the increased cost would be $18.98 per month. Because school levies are a fixed number, as more people move in and pay against that fixed number there is a good chance that the amount you pay will decrease.

Graduation

We are grateful to return to a traditional, in person graduation ceremony! Graduation is scheduled for June 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm. More information will be shared by Sultan High School.

Turf 

As I mentioned in a previous update, we were able to find a better price on the new turf for the high school field and as a result, the installation is currently happening right now rather than the original plan for being replaced this summer. If you would like any of the leftover pieces of turf please contact Charlie Weaver at (425)879-3043.

Removed SHS turf.

Sultan Clean-Up Day

I want to remind you that the City of Sultan clean-up day is tomorrow from 8-noon at Sultan High School. There are a number of different things that you will be able to dump free of charge. More information about this event is HERE.

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by cell at (360)926-6188.

Sincerely,

Dan Chaplik, Superintendent
Sultan School District