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OAK HARBOR SCHOOL DISTRICT
Eyes on the Prize
Oak Harbor School District values reliability and consistency, and strongly pursues its goals even when working with tight budgets.
efore addressing a group of parents, teachers, or community leaders, Superintendent Rick Schulte often looks to his tie, which is always colorful, always about kids. He might point out to his audience the geometric patterns and mathematical symbols on his tie just before starting a discussion on improving math in schools.
Whidbey Island. More than 53 percent of the district’s 5,600 students come from military families.
Like many other school districts, Oak Harbor is coping with the challenge of meeting the students’ educational needs under a tight budget. “Most of the states in the country have cut back their funding over 10 percent,” Schulte says. Unlike most other school districts, however, Oak Harbor gets hit with the budget axe twice. State cuts are happening on top of ongoing cuts to federal funding meant to help military communities. The U.S. Navy does not pay property tax, but owns about half the property valuation in the district. In lieu of taxes, the school district receives impact aid, which is financial assistance appropriated annually by Congress. Presently, the district receives $4.5 million a year, down from $6 million five years ago.
It doesn’t matter the topic, Schulte has a tie for every occasion. He wears ties about school buses, books, pencils, computers, literature, playground equipment, or even school lunch. “I’ve got at least 200 of them,” Schulte says. “One for every school day of the year.” Schulte leads the schools in the island community of Oak Harbor in northwest Washington, home of Naval Air Station
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Can't Live Without It
Broadening the Student Experience
Upgrading Facilities on Tight Budgets
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