Auburn School District 2012 Year in Review
Dear Staff and Families,
As the Auburn School District reaches the mid-school year mark and 2012 comes to a close, it is a year to remember with a constellation of student achievement, district accomplishments and the sadness of the great tragedy in Newtown.
Let’s look back at some ASD highlights of 2012:
- On Valentine’s Day, February 14, the patrons of the Auburn School District showed their love for students and school programs by passing a four-year, $107 million levy that will support 22 percent of the general fund over the next four years.
- In February, ASD students collected a record 77,448 pounds of canned food and thousands of dollars for the local Auburn Food Bank.
- This past spring, two ASD schools, Auburn Mountainview High School and Auburn High School, reached the semifinals of the Robotics FIRST Western Regional Championships.
- During the summer of 2012, the City of Auburn was named a 2012 All-American City based on their support of ASD 3rd grade literacy success.
- In August, Auburn School District elementary schools received eight Washington State REWARD Recognitions for top 10 percent performance in reading and math.
- Enrollment in September increased by 294 students—above projections for the first increase in student growth in four years.
- In the fall of 2012, ASD was recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 24th consecutive year, 1 of only 59 school districts in the nation.
- On November 6, the citizens of the Auburn School District turned out in record numbers to pass a $110 million ASD bond for the modernization and reconstruction of Auburn High School.
- Also in November, the School Board received recognition as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.
- The ASD Advanced Placement Programs earned a spot on the College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll, 1 of only 539 school districts in the nation and 1 of only 18 districts in Washington State.
- In December, an early present came with the announcement that Auburn School District, along with six other South King County School Districts, was awarded a $40 million Race to the Top federal grant, 1 of only 16 winners from a pool of 272 applicants from across the nation.
- Four more ASD schools were recognized as Washington “Schools of Distinction” for being one of the top 5% highest improving schools in academic achievement in the state of Washington.
And then, on December 14, our hearts were broken and our sense of security was threatened by news of the Sandy Hook atrocity that senselessly took the lives of 20 beautiful children and six dedicated educators.
The end of the 2012 school year was a low point for our nation. We hope such a tragedy will motivate and inspire our whole society to treasure and steward the safety of our children through collective efforts across all political factions.
Dr. Kip Herren