Jennifer Deyette Named As Shelton High School Principal Beginning With The 2015-16 School Year
Superintendent of Shelton School District, Dr. Alex Apostle, has named Jennifer Deyette as the principal of Shelton High School beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Wanda Berndtson, who has served as principal for the past eleven years, will be assuming the role of Director of State and Federal Programs, a position formerly held by Ms. Deyette.
The decision provides the district the opportunity to capitalize on the strengths and talents of individual staff members and the contributions they can bring to their respective roles.
Ms. Deyette is a life-long citizen of the Shelton community. She graduated from Shelton High School and later earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central University, her Master’s degree from Lesley College, and her administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University. She began her teaching career in Shelton School District in 1993 and taught at Oakland Bay Jr. High until 2013. She served as the Interim Principal of Oakland Bay Jr. High for the 2013-14 school year, and as the Director of State and Federal Programs for the 2014-15 school year.
Ms. Deyette is excited about the opportunity to work with the Mason County community to take Shelton High School to the pinnacle of success in every facet. She will concentrate on increasing the graduation rate by focusing on school and community pride, effective instruction, reducing the drop-out rate, improving attendance, and building meaningful staff-student and school-community relationships to provide the most effective education to all students so they live successful lives.
Ms. Berndtson was a teacher for 17 years, with most of that time in the North Thurston Public Schools. She then served as a vice principal for one year and a school principal for six years in the Puyallup School District. In 2004, she was hired as the principal of Shelton High School and has served in that role since then.
As the Director of State and Federal Programs and District Operational Support, Ms. Berndtson will coordinate all aspects of the district’s state and federal categorical programs. In addition, her experience as a school administrator will be beneficial in providing ongoing operational support for the district in such areas as public relations/community engagement, strategic planning for facility needs, school safety, disaster preparation, and other such areas that will support the efficient and effective operations of the district.
Shelton School District Press Release - August 27, 2015
County Releases 2016 Preliminary Budget
Mason County Auditor Karen Herr delivered the preliminary Mason County budget to the commissioners Tuesday morning. The package includes Current Expense, Special Funds and a Budget summary. Herr identified the new Munis Financial system was employed and offered a much easier and efficient process. All of the county's departments entered their budgets directly into Munis and all departments were able to meet the August 10, 2015 deadline.
The Auditor's departmental review was much faster, allowing for additional time to ensure BARS (accounting numbers assigned to activities) numbers were used correctly, for example salary positions were identified specifically replacing broad descriptions utilized in the past. Herr feels the level of clarity should benefit the board and departments when budget discussions begin.
Each of the budgets include actual revenues and expenditures for 2014; what was budgeted for 2015; revenues that were generated by department, and expenditures for 2015 through August of this year; and finally, the budget request for 2016.
Total anticipated revenues for 2016 are: $29,485,867, a 1.8% increase over last year.
Total expenditures: $38,001,740, a 19.1% increase over last year.
Expenditures are $8.7 M greater than revenues. The available Ending Fund Balance was used to balance the audit.
During the budget process the Board of Commissioners will determine the level of Ending Fund Balance and subsequently adjust the level of Expenditures that can be supported by the Revenues.
Community Correspondent, Jerry Eckenrode – September 1, 2015/IMAGE from masonwebtv.com youtube channel