A letter from Superintendent John Bash to the School Board on December 18, 2018:
President Jay Wood and Members of the Tumwater School Board:
After significant reflection, both personally and professionally, I hereby submit this letter of resignation as Superintendent of the Tumwater School District effective June 30, 2019. I have accepted an Assistant Superintendent position with the Tenino School District for the 2019-20 school year where my work will focus more directly on leading student and family support services which is one of my greatest passions.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the students and families of Tumwater and for your unwavering support and teamwork. I am grateful for the parents, leaders, staff, community members, and Board members who came together to implement our ambitious strategic plan resulting in significant progress and achievements.
Improvements in student growth and academic achievement, reduced achievement gaps, increased graduation rates, and expanded learning opportunities are outcomes we have seen emerge. Our partnership with TOGETHER! with our Community Schools initiative has successfully established a coordinated system of student and family support, including a growing list of dedicated community partners providing significant time and resources to assist those in need.
Together, we expanded CTE programs, collaborated with the city and GRUB to create the FRESH program, expanded preschool programs, and successfully transitioned to a 6-8 middle school model. We also expanded highly capable programming, instrumental music, campus security staffing, school resource officers, and this year we are piloting an elementary Spanish Language program.
Our whole child strategic focus led us to develop and implement a social/emotional screening tool, pilots of social/emotional learning materials this year, and increase staffing investments to support behavioral needs in our schools.
Tumwater’s equity-focused professional learning continues to be a priority and your recent approval of our Educational Equity policy will guide this essential work moving forward.
With the help of our supportive community, we passed a four-year educational programs levy which has served as an essential resource to fund many of the supplemental staff, programs and initiatives that have made Tumwater’s educational program robust and comprehensive for students.
Our dedicated facilities, technology, and school staff, helped us successfully complete major school modernization projects, expand technology tools and access, and implement enhanced safety features in our schools and other facilities.
These and other achievements would not have been possible without a community-wide commitment to ensuring every child experiences success. It has been my honor to serve with you and so many talented and caring people who make a powerful difference in the lives of students and families every day.
I pledge to give my very best effort to the work that lies ahead over the next few months and will do my part to support a smooth leadership transition as you begin the process of selecting a new superintendent for the 2019-20 school year.
John Bash, Superintendent