A message from Dr. Linda Quinn,
Superintendent, Ferndale Schools
Welcome to the new school year!
Dear Parents and Friends of the Ferndale School District,
I look forward to working together with you this year to provide the best possible education to every one of our 4800 students.
Learning is always our top priority. However, we recognize that not all important learning can be graded or measured on a test. In Ferndale, our mission is to help each student develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits needed to become a self-reliant, socially responsible family member, worker, and citizen. That’s a big job and a very important one; and we know we can’t do it alone. This is the reason our mission statement talks about developing partnerships with families and the larger community. We definitely need you!
To help us realize our mission, the Ferndale School Board has established six Strategic Commitments.
To frame our specific annual improvement goals, the school district leadership team has identified three major focus areas based on the six commitments. We call these our Big Three.
- Continue to improve core instruction to ensure every child has a high quality educational experience every hour of every day.
- Improve communication, culture, and sense of community within our schools and between our schools and the larger community.
- Increase our high school graduation rate, all the while remembering that graduation is a process, not a single date in June of a student’s senior year.
Thank you for all of the ways you supported our students, our staff, and our schools last year during both good times and difficult ones. I am so grateful to be working in such a caring community where people recognize education as a top priority. Your involvement in our schools has made all the difference.
Thank you in advance for helping us make this a great school year in Ferndale!
Linda Quinn, Ed.D.
Superintendent Contract Q&A:
A: No. The number posted in each contract is the salary amount from the last school year. The Superintendent receives an increase in salary commensurate with the teaching contract increase, the result of which is not always known when the Superintendent contract is approved in late July or August. For example, the number posted in the renewed 2018-2019 Superintendent contract is the salary the Superintendent received during the 2017-2018 school year.
A: Superintendent Quinn has asked the Board to keep her salary frozen at 2017-2018 levels which is $194,001. She will turn down the salary adjustment stated in her contract.
A: The Superintendent contract contains a provision that authorizes an increase at the same rate as is agreed to in the Ferndale teacher contract. Although included in the Ferndale Superintendent contract for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Quinn has informed the School Board that she will decline this salary adjustment and maintain her salary at 2017-2018 levels.
A: In Washington State, School District Superintendents are typically given a three-year contract. A School Board renews the contract each year as part of ongoing performance evaluation. In practicality, a Superintendent is always in the first year of a three year contract.