The holiday season is quickly getting nearer and nearer. I hope your student(s) are having a great school year. It truly is an honor for families to entrust their child’s education and well-being to the West Burlington Independent School District. Please let us know if something isn’t going well, if there is a concern, or if you want to tell your teacher how great of a school year that your son or daughter is having. West Burlington ISD is truly appreciative that your students attend our school.
Preliminary enrollment numbers are in. These numbers could fluctuate a little as they are finalized in the month of November. We have grown nine students who are taught in our classrooms. Our certified (actual) enrollment grew twenty students from fiscal year 2017 to this fiscal year, 2018. Open enrollment out has increased four students from last year to this year. Open enrolled in enrollment remains steady. I would characterize our enrollment as remaining steady. Generally speaking, school districts around the State of Iowa are experiencing enrollment decline; so we should be optimistic about maintaining our enrollment. The West Burlington Board of Education is planning for zero to a one percent increase of State Supplemental Aid (SSA), or better known as allowable growth for next school year. As you know, school district budgets are prepared for April certification. When looking at enrollment the number of students sitting in our classrooms is the most important number. West Burlington ISD will continue offering great instruction and relevant educational programming despite seeing a potential dip in funding.
As the winter season approaches, I’d like to provide a few reminders to our families about school start delays and closures. Since West Burlington Independent School District has no regular education bus routes, we have a higher tolerance to have school on days the snow flies or the bitter cold takes over. We will never endanger our students or staff unnecessarily. If you haven’t signed up for a text message or email from the JMC system, I suggest doing so. Contact Mary Storch at 319/752-8747, option #1 to get set up. We set 6AM as our target to make it known that WBISD is delaying or cancelling school for that day. Our website also provides that information
as well as the district’s Facebook page. We place notifications on local TV stations and try to inform our radio outlets in a timely fashion as well.
I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. If you have questions or concerns with your child’s education, please contact us so we can address those concerns. We appreciate the opportunity to work with your son or daughter on a daily basis. We have great pride at West Burlington ISD and believe that we are the school of choice in SE Iowa. As always, KIDS FIRST!