It is hard to believe July is almost here and that another school year has come to a close. The school year seemed to fly by! I thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Superintendent of Columbia School District. We have had many highlights this year that I am proud to be a part of. First, the new Columbia Elementary School Activities Wing was completed this past November providing new class spaces, a gym, and designated a permanent cafeteria for our elementary students. Work has begun on our high school track and is set to be completed by the first day of school this fall. This past year, a committee of parents, citizens and staff completed a new facilities plan to prioritize future bond and capital projects. Currently, we are putting the final touches on new secondary science materials adoption and implementing a high school technology Chromebook initiative. We are continuing to look at new district-wide social emotional curriculum ready for adoption in the Fall of 2019 in addition to new partnerships with Walla Walla Community College offering evening vocational courses on campus. It was also the first year our high school athletes participated in the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference where many teams saw postseason play. I could go on and on with all the new and exciting things happening across the district, but am quickly running out of room.
We have a lot to be proud of in this district and I’m thankful for our students, staff and families we serve in our outstanding community. Over the past month, we’ve been celebrating many accomplishments across the campus beginning with the efforts of our youngest Coyotes at our preschool and kindergarten graduations. Thank you to all our parents and community members that attended our annual 8th Grade Moving Up ceremony and High School Commencement. It was great to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2019. Graduates, we send you out into the world, but don’t ever forget your way back home! In closing, I want to thank you all for a wonderful year. I feel fortunate to live and work in a community that cares for their children and I look forward to getting our next year off to an amazing start in August. Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you all very soon!
Todd Hilberg, Superintendent