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The School District of Washington will place a $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue on the Aug. 2, 2016, ballot.
The $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue is pretty simple in nature. The majority of the issue is simply about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. This action requires voter approval due to the mechanics of school finance. This conversion and refinancing will allow the debt to be paid from the debt service fund without a change in the debt service levy.
The revenue in that fund will service the debt nicely. This way, revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million ($1.5 million in payments) can be shifted to the general fund for operations. This will provide us with the flexibility we need to deal with our losses in assessed valuation and our declining state aid.
So, of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, 13.66 of it is not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.
Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.4 million) would be to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades and some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic and responsible.
CLICK HERE for a 3 1/2 minute PowerPoint video presentation.

CLICK HERE for a list of repairs and improvements.

CLICK HERE for a citizens information sheet Q & A.

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Washington School of Practical Nursing held its Class of 2016 graduation on Thursday, July 14, at the CJB Theatre at Washington High School.

A total of 27 students made up the 47th graduation class of the program.

The ceremony included the processional, welcome/introductions, awards, presentation of pins and diplomas, class speaker, nightingale pledge and the recessional.

Graduating were Emily Balken, Jana Barbarick, Sarah Benson, Michelle Clark, Erica Coppedge, Tiffany Davis, Sierra Dixon, Sarah Dotson, Samantha Duquette, Emily Elfline, Kelly Frost, Candace Holiday, Kerstin Johnson, Madalyn Just, Sara Kage, Breanna Krause, Jerica Layton, Emily May, Kelsey McCart, Paula Pich, Crystal Pines, Leah Pinnell, Samantha Pointer, Elizabeth Pryor, Rebekah Strobel, Ashlee Theissen and Amanda Ward.

Photos from the Washington School of Practical Nursing graduation are below.

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Parents are reminded about a pair of worthy events taking place during the summer of 2016.

Click on the attached fliers below for more information on the Summer Food Program and the Back to School Fair.

Summer Food Program

The Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds summer food program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.  

The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 7 and will continue through August 9.  

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.

Back to School Fair

The Franklin County "Back to School Fair" takes place July 29-30. Families must pre-register their children by July 5.  

The "Back to School Fair" is held at the First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO.  

The event offers free backpacks and school supplies for students grades K-12.

For questions, more details, or to register, see the attached flier and registration form or contact 636-583-5839.  ​


A total of 23 School District of Washington staff members, working for a combined 477 years, are retiring following the 2015-16 school year.

Click here for a video about the retiring staff.

Some of the retirees’ profiles are not in the video due to leaving at the end of the first semester. Connie Lutz made her announcement during Washington High School's graduation, after the video was completed. She was recognized during the staff’s closing ceremony on May 23, as were the other retirees. Lutz received an honorary WHS diploma from Principal Dr. Frank Wood, who also is retiring.

The 2015-16 SDOW retirees are:

Dr. Frank Wood – Washington High School Principal

John Ragan – Washington High School Assistant Principal

Connie Lutz – Washington High School Math Teacher

Troy Bunkley – Washington High School Director of Bands

Karla Bennett – Washington Middle School Science Teacher

Amy Menard – Washington Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Becky Juergens – Clearview Elementary Kindergarten Teacher

Sheila Bell – Clearview Elementary Second Grade Teacher

Jennifer Baker – Clearview Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher

Karen Parham – Clearview Elementary Special Education Teacher

Lori Peirick – Campbellton Elementary Third Grade Teacher

Julia Brown – Augusta Elementary Sixth Grade Teacher

Carol Wilka – Washington High School Alternative Education/No Excuses

Maria Brady-Smith – Early Learning Center Psych Examiner

Gail Strubberg – Early Learning Center Teacher

Tammy Watson – Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher

Chris Viviano – Occupational Therapist

Randy Kosark – Four Rivers Career Center Director

Vicki Murphy – Four Rivers Career Center Secretary

Linda Wideman – Washington Middle School Kitchen Manager

Janis Napier – Washington High School Cook

Kevin Boyer – Buildings and Grounds

Jeanette Huth – Buildings and Grounds

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2015-16 SDOW Retirees

Front row, from left: Carol Wilka, Tammy Watson, Amy Menard, Karen Parham, Sheila Bell and Jennifer Baker.

Second row, from left: Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Karla Bennett, Lori Peirick, Maria Brady-Smith and Becky Juergens.

Back row, from left: Kevin Boyer, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Frank Wood, Gail Strubberg, Vicky Murphy, Chris Viviano and Troy Bunkley.

Not shown: Janis Napier, Jeanette Huth and Randy Kosark.

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Dr. Frank Wood presents an honorary WHS diploma to Connie Lutz.

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