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From The Desk of Mr. Dicks - November 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Now that the “dust has settled” on our enrollment decrease of 52 students, we are formulating plans to address the reduction of revenue of over $325,000 to our budget. In addition to addressing our budget for next year, it is also a good time to attempt an enrollment prediction for the future.


“Rolling” your enrollment is simply promoting our 1st grade students to 2nd grade and 2nd grade to 3rd grade until you exit the 12th grade students. We then predict our kindergarten enrollment based on our preschool numbers and also taking into account the history of our actual class sizes.

Last Updated on Monday, November 30 2015 07:56
From The Desk of Mr. Dicks - October 2015 PDF Print E-mail

With our enrollment numbers for Washington Community School down over 50 students, we will need to look at ways of leveraging our funding streams in the coming years. There are many funding sources that the Washington Community School District utilizes to fund education. The total budget for the Washington Community School is nearly $20 million, but that includes all funds available to us. I think it is important to communicate to our staff and patrons the different funds and their allowable uses.

From The Desk of Mr. Dicks - September 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Top 150 Workplaces Recognizes Washington Community School District


It is with great pleasure that I am able to share with you that once again Washington Community School District has been recognized by the Des Moines Register as being a Top 150 Workplace in Iowa. Since 2012, Washington has been recognized as a top workplace.


This is a credit to the entire system of employees who make Washington so special, caring people to educate our students, who also feel great about the place they call work. This year Washington placed 12th overall in the mid-size category. The mid-size category includes those with businesses with more than 150 employees but less than 500.


Employees are surveyed at participating employers using either a paper or online survey application. Responders rank each statement on a seven-point scale ranging from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” Each of the statements has been tested to ensure it has a high correlation with how employees feel about their workplace, which is calculated by correlating the statement responses to a control question that asks each employee to rate their workplace on a scale of zero to 99.


Last Updated on Friday, September 25 2015 12:20
Welcome To Another School Year! PDF Print E-mail

As the new Superintendent for the Washington CSD, I would like to personally welcome back students, parents, and faculty for the 2015-16 school year. I am excited for the opportunities and things happening in our district as we embark on another school year.


First, I want to thank not only the Washington school family but the entire community for the overwhelming support shown to my family during our transition to Washington. My wife Paula and I have 3 children, our oldest Brady, will be attending Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA in the Fall, our daughter Taylor, will be a junior at Washington High School, and our son Mason, will be entering 5th grade at Lincoln Elementary. Both Taylor and Mason were able to join softball and baseball teams respectively this past summer, and really enjoyed meeting new teammates and friends.


Since starting on July 1st, it has been a whirlwind of activity regarding the district. From the passing of the bond issue for the daycare and preschool addition, to the start of the new auditorium. What excitement for the new opportunities both of these projects will provide to our communities. What is so impressive is that each project impacts different stakeholder groups. The daycare/preschool will provide a great introduction for our young families by providing quality solutions for our 0-3 and transitions into 4 year old preschool. The auditorium will provide a venue for performances that will be unmatched for districts our size, and will allow our community access to a first-class facility. Both projects will provide an advantage in recruiting not only new students but also families who are looking for a home.


It is easy to be excited about new buildings, but let us not forget about the already robust opportunities available to our students. The 1:1 initiative is entering it’s 3rd year at the high school and the 2nd year at the middle school, and we will be expanding our technology access at Lincoln with the addition of 140 Chomebooks. Chromebooks are a great alternative for providing web access to our students at a very low cost. This is a large capital commitment for the district, but provides unparalleled access for our students and teachers.

Last Updated on Friday, September 25 2015 06:54

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