Superintendent's Message

Happy 2019!Dr. Sweeting

Dear Arlington Community,

As we welcome a new calendar year in the middle of our current 2018-19 school year, it is a great time to take note of the progress we’ve made and the opportunities that lie ahead. During the 11th annual State of the District Address on Jan. 24, I shared what progress we are making toward our District Strategic Plan goals. In addition to hearing about our progress, middle school students joined me to share their thoughts on what is working well, what improvements are needed, and suggestions they have to improve learning in each school classroom. Our wonderful Air Force JROTC students led the evening by presenting the colors. Our talented “Choir on Fire” from Kent Prairie Elementary awed us with their music, and the culinary arts students from Arlington High School delighted us with delicious, sweet desserts. It was a wonderful evening! Highlights from the evening can be found on the district website.

We are very fortunate in Arlington to have you, a passionate community that provides a unique strength of character and support for schools, community service and more. We value the partnership with you to provide a rigorous education and a safe learning environment for every student. Replacing deficient facilities or building facility additions is largely a local community responsibility. The state only provides a small percentage of matching funds for facilities and school construction. We cannot replace deficient facilities without your support.

The Arlington Public Schools School Board approved a Resolution on Dec. 10, 2018 to bring a revised bond package for $96 million to voters on Feb. 12, 2019. This bond package reflects an $11.5 million reduction from the two previous requests to voters. The main projects are essential to ensure deficient facilities are taken care of such as replacing Post Middle School and enhancing safety and security needs, such as internal locking classroom doors and cameras. You should have received a ballot to consider the prioritized needs. If you didn’t receive a ballot, please contact the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office at 425-388-3444 and ask that a replacement ballot be sent to you. Ballots were mailed on Jan. 24.

On Jan. 14, the Board directed me to establish a Bond Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee is to carefully monitor the delivery of the proposed bond package to ensure accountability, fiscal transparency and foster community trust. More information regarding the bond projects and the Bond Oversight Committee is available on the district website.

I am proud to be the superintendent of this amazing place we call home – Arlington! It is a great place to live and learn. We always live and learn better together!

Passionate for Student Learning,

Dr. Chrys Sweeting