Funding big issue in Hockinson school race

first_imgBoth candidates for Position No. 1 on the Hockinson School District board see the district facing a big challenge as it faces uncertainty surrounding the McCleary decision.“There is not a lot I can do personally to deal with this, but I will advocate for patience,” Steve Nylund, chairman of the school board who is seeking re-election, wrote in an email “Community trust is critical for a school district, so it is important that we be cautious until things settle down and we have a clearer picture.”Kirk Jensen, the other candidate for the seat, wrote that district officials need to be upfront with parents about how the state’s accountability system is changing due to the Every Student Succeeds Act, a successor to No Child Left Behind.“(The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) has stated that there will be less reliance on high-stakes state assessments as a measurement for schools,” Jensen wrote. “At the same time, districts will still be held accountable for student growth, graduation rates and school quality indicators. This will require metrics for the district, and reviews of progress towards those metrics. Where progress is not sufficient, the district needs to revise its plan to make improvements.”There has been talk in the district this year about funding a new, main athletic field at Hockinson High School. Residents in the district voted down a capital project levy in February to fund replacing the field with synthetic turf, with 59.4 percent of the vote going against the measure.last_img