Another school year has quickly gone by. As I dive into preparations for the 2024-2025 school year, I find myself reflecting on 2023-2024. While we faced some challenges, they were certainly outweighed by the highlights.


  • Inclement Weather – Snow and ice forced us to cancel five days this year. Fortunately, we had four make-up days on the calendar and have applied for a waiver from the state so we won’t have to make up the fifth day.
  • Bus Driver Shortage – Finding qualified bus drivers continues to be a challenge. For the last few months of the school year, we had to consolidate from two bus runs to one. We are actively recruiting at least one new driver.
  • Enrollment – This year’s enrollment peaked in the mid80s, with a good chance that we will see the mid-90s next year. While this growth has brought us some financial stability, it will require creativity to keep class sizes low.

And now for some highlights:

  • Music Program – Thanks to a generous grant from a local donor we were able to purchase new band instruments, allowing us to offer band to all 5th-8th grade students. Under the direction of Lori Caccavo, both the winter and spring musicals were exceptional.
  • PTO Shines – Although our Parent Teacher Organization is small in numbers, they are a powerful group. PTO fundraising has brought new opportunities for our students, and their sponsored evening activities have brought families into our school along with their children.
  • Student Academic Growth – While we don’t have the final results of the state testing yet, preliminary assessments indicate impressive student academic growth.
  • Head Teacher Promoted to Principal – Katie Chavarria has completed her principal endorsement and will see a title change effective for the 24-25 school year. Since I am on a part-time contract, it has been great having Katie here every day.

On a personal note, I love being a part of the Skamania School community. In February, the Skamania School Board asked if I would consider returning for one more year. It didn’t take me long to say yes, so I will be returning next year on a part-time basis.

This summer, I will head to Europe for about three weeks. My grandchildren and their parents have relocated from Turkey to Spain, so I will be off to Madrid.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe summer.

– Milt Dennison, Superintendent