Provided to The Dispatch
Condolences: Our heart goes out to the family of EHS student Jason Naro. He will be greatly missed by students, staff, and community members and remembered for his positive influence on all of us. I want to thank our District Crisis Team and our community members for wrapping their arms around our students during this time of mourning.
Transportation: On Sept. 20, we held a public transportation forum asking you for ideas on how to address our transportation challenges. Your ideas, along with your support, are working! We now have 41 bus driver applicants, including some that we have already hired. Since then, our transportation department has been working non-stop to on-board potential drivers. They are at different stages of the lengthy process and we should see fewer and fewer cancellations in the weeks ahead.
Gratitude: My number one reason for applying to the Eatonville School District was because of the many reports that I received about how well our parents, staff and community members support Eatonville students. Those reports have proven to be 100% true. For example, I try to visit schools as often as I can. Each time I do, I see our staff members focusing on student achievement, parents who are volunteering time to enhance student learning and community members who are looking for ways to support students and staff members. When I attend athletic events, I see the stands full of fans who cheer on our student athletes whether they win or lose. When I attend community events, I see individuals and groups asking how they can support the education of our students. I am grateful for each and every one of you for making a difference in the lives of our students. It is an honor to serve with you. Happy Thanksgiving! Eatonville Strong!
Jay Brower is Superintendent of the Eatonville School District