Tag Archives: Pioneer School District

School Boards Moving Forward with Establishing Another High School

At their June school board meetings, the Pioneer and Hood Canal Board of Directors directed Superintendents Marty Brewer and Shawn Batstone to prepare their districts for establishing a cooperative high school. The boards’ decisions were based on feedback and input from a series of community forums and an on-line survey. Of the 883 responses collected, 72% supported this option.

The districts will meet with administration from Shelton School District and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to share the results of the community input and gather feedback in order to provide recommendations to their boards regarding appropriate next steps.

Pioneer School Demolition Begins

The demolition of the old Pioneer intermediate/middle school started Thursday morning with a ceremonial “first swing” by Pioneer Kiwanis member Bob Helm. What was originally thought to be a swing of a sledge hammer turned into Mr. Helm operating demolition machinery. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC spoke with him after he spent about 15 minutes behind the controls.

Helm won the opportunity to start the demolition by being the highest bidder at an auction during the Kiwanis Crab & Clam Dinner.

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Demolition of Pioneer School Begins Thursday

Pioneer’s Intermediate/Middle School buildings will be demolished in several phases The first phase starts Thursday, June 29th. This phase will include the middle school wing and the gymnasium. The main building, intermediate wing and quad will be demolished sometime after July 4th.

The ceremonial first swing is 7 AM Thursday. Those wanting to attend should meet in front of the construction trailer. Bob Helm, a member of Pioneer Kiwanis, will be taking that “first swing.” Demolition of the middle school will follow the ceremony.

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Pioneer School Board Discusses High School Options

The Pioneer School Board held a community meeting Tuesday to hear input from the public on the three options the District has when it comes to paying for students to attend Shelton High School and how to pay for the District’s estimated portion of the upcoming renovations to the high school. The options are:

  1. Ask voters to approve a levy or bond to pay the $4.5 million which would increase taxes approximately 72 cents per $1000 of assessed property value;
  2. Annex into the Shelton School District which is estimated to increase property taxes by $2.24 per $1000;
  3. Establish another high school in cooperation with the Hood Canal School District which would mean asking voters to approve a new bond – estimated property tax increase of $1.00 per $1000.

Close to 100 people attended the meeting to hear the options, ask questions, voice their concerns, and provide their input to the school board.

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Pioneer School District Community Meeting Tuesday

The Pioneer School District is holding a community meeting Tuesday beginning at 5:30 pm at the Pioneer Middle School Gym to discuss options relating to non-high fees and paying for the district’s portion of renovations to Shelton High School.

The Pioneer School Board of Directors is looking for community input regarding the three options:  Option 1 – Pay our share Shelton’s new bond; Option 2 – Annex into Shelton School District; or Option 3 – Establish our own high school. 

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School Districts Looking at Possibly Creating Another High School

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The Hood Canal and Pioneer school districts are seeking input on how to pay for each district’s portion of the upcoming renovations to Shelton High School and one possible option is creating another high school in Mason County.

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Achievement Data Shows Pioneer Students Doing Well

The Washington State Board of Education has released the Achievement Index for 2016 and students in the Pioneer School District are doing well. According to a district news release, Pioneer students are rated 2nd and 4th respectively among the schools in Mason County.

Designations and awards use the Washington State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years.

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Pioneer School District Asking Approval of Reduced Levy

On February 14, 2017, the Pioneer School District will ask voters to approve a three-year replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy which would be at a lesser rate.

The Pioneer School District Board of Directors voted to reduce the Maintenance and Operations Levy collection for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 calendar years. If approved, the proposed 2018 levy rates represent an approximate 10% reduction from the voter approved 2017 levy collection.

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