06/25/2010: "Walt Departs For Oregon"
Superintendent Walt Wegener is leaving his position with the San Juan Island School District, and moving to Baker City Oregon, where he will be a school superintendent for that district. Walt was an active member of the SJI Rotary Club, as was Superintend Soltman before he left to take a job as the Vashon Island School District Superintend. Walt sent out the following letter to the local news media:
June 25, 2010
To the Editor,
As I contemplate getting on the ferry and leaving this wonderful place I am struck by the most sincere desire to say thank you for having me as your guest. It has been an extreme pleasure to be the Superintendent of Schools serving you this past year.
Our schools are very successful because there are two features on the island that make them that way. First, the family support structure on the island is powerful. Folks here know and act as a unit because we are, well, on an island. More legitimately, we also have a culture of caring for each other in the ways that make a significant difference to each person. One of the ways we care is to support the teachers. Thus, it can be seen, we support the need for broad literacy including the arts and the disciplines of learning that make literacy a reality at home, as well as at school. This is support for education in the family.
Second, teachers and the instructional supports they provide make a difference. With the parental support just mentioned the schools reap the benefits of teacher excellence in presentation and expectation. The result is a nationally recognized high school program with all the system-wide supports from kindergarten through 12th grade that make it possible.
Let me take just a moment to make a special thank you to the incredible district-wide support team in our San Juan Island School District #149 schools. Caring, pleasant, competent and extraordinarily hardworking, the people who man your central office, drive your buses, cook our meals, clean the floors, administer programs & schools and monitor the fiscal elements of this district are exceptional.
For me, the time here has been a tremendous opportunity and a wonderful time of learning and working with great people. To all of you, students, parents, staff, friends and folks I never met, thank you for having me. And, especially, to my close friends on the Board, thank you for the opportunity and counsel. As I go forward to my own new adventures, may I wish each of you all the best in your future on this emerald pearl in the Salish Sea.