Battle Ground Public Schools

2018 BGPS Community Report

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SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE When I started working for Battle Ground Public Schools four years ago, it didn't take me very long to realize that a unique community supports our school district. The district itself stretches over 273 square miles and is one of the largest and most diverse districts in the state, serving approximately 72,000 residents. GROWING WITH THE COMMUNITY Clark County continues to grow rapidly. If you take a drive around the district, you will see a tremendous amount of home construction. This makes it seem very likely that in the next several years, the population of our district will significantly increase. It is important that we get accurate information about the timing of that growth, so the school board commissioned independent research firm E.D. Hovee and Company to do an enrollment forecast analysis. The report predicts that in the next 10 years, our district could see anywhere between 1,535 and 2,735 additional students. The growth is expected to occur slowly over the next two years (this year we saw a net gain of 170-plus students) and then climb rapidly in the lower grades across years four through six before reaching our high schools six to eight years from now. The district continues to seek solutions to address growth and overcrowding, and we encourage the community to get involved and share your thoughts about how we can proactively address the challenges that lie ahead. That being said, all of us in this expansive school district have one thing in common: supporting the educational, social and emotional needs of every student that walks through our doors on a daily basis. PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS We have a multitude of educational opportunities to meet the needs of our students across all grade levels. From early learning opportunities to rigorous college preparatory classes, students can choose an academic pathway to help them achieve their goals. We offer hands-on vocational classes at our high schools, science exploratory classes at CASEE, and full or part-time online classes offered in a variety of educational experiences from comprehensive high schools to parent partnership programs. FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY For the fourth consecutive year, the State of Washington has reviewed our finances and given Battle Ground Public Schools a clean audit. This means that District Operations complied with applicable state laws, regulations, and the district's own policies while providing adequate controls over the safeguarding of public resources. The full report is available on the State Auditor's website. The 2017-18 school year was a great year, and I look forward to building upon our success in the years to come. Sincerely, Mark Ross, Superintendent Battle Ground Public Schools Our Visi´┐Ż INSPIRING EXCELLENCE by connecting every student to a positive future in a competitive global economy. The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate based on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/ religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services, adams.tom@battlegroundps. org, Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Linda Allen, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, allen.linda@,Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/ Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5481; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604.

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