03/10/2009: "Letter To The Community From Michael Soltman"
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
My appointment to the Vashon superintendency became official at last night's Vashon school board meeting. As you can imagine, the joy in living again with my sons in their last few years of high school helps to balance the sadness I contemplate in leaving you wonderful people in this amazing community. I have thrived professionally and personally here and have cherished the relationships we have built, the challenges we have faced, the progress we have made together, and the opportunities we have created for the children in our community. Thank you for these incredible seven years, for your trust, and for your partnership in serving our kids.
Our school board meets Thursday to plan for the future of leadership in our district. I applaud the foresight and leadership of our Board Chair, Boyd Pratt, and I'm confident that our board will act wisely and quickly to find a capable person to lead our district into the future. I'm sure that community, faculty and staff will have opportunities to provide thought and input into the selection process.
And, I'm here through June and there is much to be done over the next four months. We must implement our financial plan with flexibility to deal with any additional challenges. We must pursue a strategy to find alternative funding to support programs that can no longer be funded through the general fund. We must plan carefully to reorganize and restructure programs within the resources we have. And, we must maintain the integrity and excellence in our schools despite the current economic conditions by preserving our foundation in anticipation of better economic times ahead.
You have my continuing promise and commitment to apply all of my energy and focus to these challenges over the next several months.