Superintendent's Message

Summer 2014

Superintendent Gary Plano It has been another extraordinary year for the Mercer Island School District! We are so proud of all of our graduates, including those students who will be moving from our elementary schools to Islander Middle School and the students transitioning to Mercer Island High School.

I cannot say thank you enough for the support this community has shown for our students and staff through the Bridge-the-Gap campaign from the Mercer Island Schools Foundation and the PTAs. As of June 11, 2014, the campaign has raised $887,500 of a $1.2 million goal, which would fund four teachers at each school, maintain class sizes, allow 20 class periods of learning each day at IMS and MIHS and enable the flexibility our students need in advanced math, science and language arts.

In February, this community overwhelmingly passed a bond proposition for three targeted facilities projects at each school level. In May the district issued the first of potentially three bond sales. Moody’s Investor Service reaffirmed the district’s “Aaa” bond rating, making it one of only 65 throughout the country with that stellar rating. Construction will be underway this summer on the high school parking entrance and the permits have been issued to start the high school addition late this summer. We plan to put the middle school and elementary school projects out for bids toward the end of the year. The high school addition is planned to be completed for the 2015-16 school year and the IMS expansion and fourth elementary school are planned to be completed for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

Please have a wonderful summer, travel safely and enjoy these long evenings and restful periods with your families and friends.
Gary Plano, Ed. D.