Lester “Flip” Herndon

Lester “Flip” Herndon

Let’s keep moving Tukwila SD in a positive direction

  • Friday, November 23, 2018 12:04pm
  • Opinion

Hello Tukwila Students and Families,

I am excited to start my work with the Tukwila School District staff and community to help ensure excellent educational environments and opportunities for success in and out of the classroom. As the newly appointed Interim Superintendent, I have begun to find out as much as I can about Tukwila as a school district and city by talking to staff, officials and community members to get their perspectives and history on what makes Tukwila such a great place to live and learn.

Some of the immediate items of attention we are looking at are the progress of the capital projects that the community generously supported in 2016. Some of those projects have been completed, but one of the largest ones, the addition to Foster High School, will be starting very soon. I know this presents a tremendous and exciting chapter to a rich history for the Bulldog campus. We know you will be watching this and other projects over the coming months and years and will continue to keep you up to date on progress in the future.

You may have also seen and heard much about the McCleary decision and the changes in funding allocations for school districts in the state of Washington. While the increase in funding is certainly welcomed, there are still some areas that remain not fully funded. We will continue to work with our legislators in Olympia to look for solutions that look for resources that fully support the basic educational needs of all our students. Unfortunately, Tukwila School District will be looking at some challenging budget realities for the 2019-20 school year and will begin exploring possible solutions this spring.

Although there are many challenges that face our community, I am intent to work with our school board and stakeholders within the school district and community at large to identify solutions that are fiscally sound and support our students to make them successful. From my short time beginning on Nov. 1, I already have a sense of the passion that the people of Tukwila have for their school and city. I look forward in the coming weeks and months to keep moving Tukwila School District in a positive direction.

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