Dear Washougal families and community members,
Today I spent the day in classrooms and I saw wonderful teachers teaching wonderful students! I am energized and inspired to begin the work of leading the Washougal School District toward the future. Together, we can ensure high academic achievement for all of our students, ensure that each child is valued, and verify that our students are prepared to become successful citizens.
Though I have only been a part of the Washougal School District for a short time, I have quickly become aware that Washougal is a place that cares deeply about children and the well-being of the community as a whole.
As you know, I joined our school district in the middle of employee bargaining with our teachers association. Although I did not anticipate that my first two months as your school superintendent would include a teacher strike, this situation allowed me to quickly get to know our community and to understand the values of commitment, respect, and fairness that define Washougal. I respect our teachers’ strong advocacy for children and their passion for the work they perform for the district. We are all excited that we have reached an agreement that recognizes the caliber of our outstanding teaching staff, provides a regionally-competitive salary, and one that is financially sustainable over time for our taxpayers.
I am eager to move forward and focus on the future of our students. Together, we can build strong relationships, develop authentic partnerships, and exceed our own expectations for success. I look forward to meeting many of you in person as I am out in the community and in schools.
As we roll up our sleeves to get to work this fall, we have several exciting opportunities ahead of us:
I think it’s going to be a great year and I can’t wait to dive into this work with our staff and students!
Dr. Mary Templeton, Superintendent
Washougal School District