As this updated message gets posted, we have about 38 days of school remaining. It has been a year-to-date that has seen continued growth in our school district. We began the year with 732 students and are currently at 748. We anticipate our district to continue to grow in enrollment in the coming years.
We are currently working on our budget for the 2023-2024 school year. We anticipate having the same amount of employees next year to serve our students. We will be posting positions in the coming weeks for certified and classified staff who have resigned and will not return next year. These will be replacement positions, not new positions. We will continue to look for bus drivers to fill our needs in this area. Unless we can find four additional drivers, we will continue with our staggered schedule next year with elementary students beginning school at 8:00am followed by middle school at 9:00am.
State testing is underway in grades 3-8 for math and reading and grades 5 and 8 for science. Our hope is that we see significant gains by our students after a full-year of school without interruptions due to Covid. Our staff has been working hard to teach the state standards in each grade level and prepare our students for these assessments. We will have results over the summer and will share these with you once they are verified.
Again, I want to thank all of you who supported our levy for the next four years. This will help create stable funding for those programs and staff that are not fully funded by the state’s basic education allocations.
The Legislature has completed its 105-day session. Now the work begins on implementing the new laws and programs that were passed by the legislators that impact schools. Once the final report on their work comes out, we will begin the planning process to ensure our schools are following any new legislation that deals with public education.
Our District Leadership Team, comprised of teachers, classified staff, building administrators, parents and a school board member, have been working on drafting our new Strategic Plan for the coming five years. This work will help guide the Pioneer School District in the improvement of existing programs as well as developing systems and programs that will help our students reach their academic and social emotional needs. Once adopted by the Board, we will post the plan on our website.
Thank you again for supporting the students and staff of the Pioneer School District. We look forward to a strong finish this year as well as getting plans underway for the 2023-24 school year.