In the last newsletter I challenged mother nature and pointed but the weather has not been too bad, but to prepare for snow and cold. I jinxed it; I should not have said anything. Cold and snowy is not much fun. Remember that February is a short month and besides; if we didn’t have any winter weather we couldn’t tell our grandkids we walked to school uphill in the freezing cold, both directions. Keep your students bundled up and they will be fine.
I would like to send a friendly reminder to those families who pick their student(s) up or drop them off. We have some drivers going the wrong way out of the high school parking lot. We also have adults who are dropping off or picking up students in the administration building parking lot. We like to avoid any cars driving in the administration building parking for the safety of our students. We would all hate to see something happen to any of our West Burlington students. Thanks for your cooperation. The pick- up/drop off on the north side of the elementary continues to work very well. We ask for your cooperation and patience when driving in that area. Thank you.
The Condition of Education (COE) in Iowa report has been made public. Here is the website for you to peruse https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2017ConditionOfEducation.pdf. There were 485,147 students enrolled in Iowa’s public schools during the 2016-2107 school year which was up from 483,451 in the 2015- 2016 school year. This is the sixth enrollment increase in six years following a 17 year decline. West Burlington Independent School District serves 912 students through PK-12th grade. Our resident enrollment remains steady while our open enrollment in has leveled off. Minority students comprise 23.5% of the State of Iowa’s student body. That is the identical percentage of minority students served at West Burlington ISD. The percentage of students eligible for free and reduced meals has declined slightly in the 2016-2017 school year to 41.3%. West Burlington’s K-12 free and reduced percentage hovers around 46% to 47% of our students being eligible. This number has decreased from 53% when I came to WBISD eight years ago. English Language Learners in the state of Iowa (ELL) increased from 5.7 to 5.9% in 2016-2017. Less than 1% of our students at WBISD are served in our ELL program. (Click Here to Read More)
You might have read the Des Moines Register and observed that West Burlington Independent School District has the lowest transportation cost of any school in the state. WBISD spends $9.56 per pupil versus North Winneshiek who has the highest pupil transportation cost at about $970 per pupil. Iowa’s ACT composite average of 21.9 ranks second nationally. West Burlington’s ACT composite is above Iowa’s. Please look at the COE at your convenience and if you have questions, let’s discuss it. Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about your student’s education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 752-8747, option #3. Kids First!