Hello Columbia Burbank residents! February is here and with that comes new updates from the district. Back in November, I updated you on some projects related to our 2017 school bond. Thank you again for your support of our students and
district. With the passage of the bond, we have been able to add an Activities Wing to Columbia Elementary, replace the low slope roof at Columbia High School as well as add a new track surface for our student athletes and community. This would
not have been possible without your generous support!
With that said, Columbia School District remains steadfast in our commitment to always putting the safety of our students and staff as our number one priority. While we are a learning organization, this would not be possible without a safe learning environment for all. The 2017 bond package also included money for upgrades across our district for safety purposes. I am excited to announce that
over the next few months, you may see work being done across our campus to add upgrades to our buildings camera infrastructure. We will be adding new digital cameras to areas previously not covered as well as replacing outdated analog cameras to increase the level of security to all of our buildings. We have so much to be excited about with additional work planned to remodel our preschool classroom spaces as well as playground upgrades at both Columbia Elementary and Middle School in the near future. It’s a great time to be a Coyote!
Finally, on the teaching and learning front, I am delighted to announce that Susan Rickords (fourth grade teacher at Columbia Elementary) has been recognized as this year's recipient of the Columbia School District Crystal Apple Award! This is the twenty-second year for the Crystal Apple Awards ceremony which annually recognizes outstanding contributions to students
and the teaching profession. Susan will be acknowledged at a special event in Pasco (ESD 123) on March 12th and will be nominated for the State Teacher of the Year program. She now joins a list of thirteen other current CSD staff who have
been recognized in the past for their outstanding contributions. Congratulations Susan and thank you for all you do for our students!
Todd Hilberg, Superintendent