Bond Letter to Parents

As your Superintendent, I am proud of the quality education that our District provides. Before the school year ends, I wanted to update you on our ongoing efforts to maintain excellence in our schools.

Many of you are aware that at one time our area provided plenty of jobs in timber and fishing, but now most of these jobs are gone. We must make sure our schools stay up-to-date and provide the right kind of job training and education that will allow our local children to succeed.

It is up to us to ensure that Eureka City Schools continues to offer every student a high quality education. We cannot depend on Sacramento or anyone else; however, we must continue to ensure we receive our fair share of any state monies available. We must identify local funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento so that we may address the following priorities for our children:

  • Providing job training for students who plan to enter the workforce right after high school
  • Preventing cuts to career technical and job training education programs
  • Upgrading career technical/job training classrooms and technology
  • Ensuring that every neighborhood school receives its fair share of funding
  • Making Eureka schools eligible for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts

A community survey we conducted in the fall shows that Eureka City School District voters would support a potential local school bond to address these needs.

I will be engaging in discussions over the coming weeks with our teachers, staff, and the Governing Board about the most fiscally prudent way to address these needs, and will also keep you updated. As always, please do not hesitate to call me at 707-441-2414 or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions you may have.

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D