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Next Steps for WIA Students and Families

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The Wenatchee School District has entered the final phase of a budget reduction process that began last fall. This process seeks to manage a phased approach to make budget reductions of up to $8-9 million and align district revenue with staffing. Knowing that people are behind the numbers, the District has maintained an aggressive timeline to allow those impacted by the reductions to make early, informed decisions for themselves and their families. 

During Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting, the Board was presented with three reduction scenarios, each representing a pathway to meet the targeted reduction amount. The board took action to choose option #2. With this scenario, WIA will not move forward after the end of the 22-23 school year in its current form. 

WIA families can choose to continue their student’s education from the following options. 

Return to a brick-and-mortar school within the Wenatchee School District.

Enroll in Valley Academy of Learning, WSD’s parent partnership program, which offers a K-8 Alternative Learning Experience (ALE). The District will provide 2.0 certificated teachers to deliver online offerings as part of Valley Academy’s program. WIA students will be prioritized for enrollment in these online offerings.

Enroll in a public online school outside of WSD, such as Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA) or Federal Way Internet Academy, among others. 

In the next few days, a survey will be sent to families asking for feedback on the aspects of the WIA online model that have benefited their student(s) most, including specific subjects that they would like to see offered through online instruction at Valley Academy. 

The district will hold an information session on March 15 at 6:00 PM via Zoom on the various options available for WIA students to continue their education. To join the Zoom meeting go to The information session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

We know this decision has made a significant impact on your family, and the District is committed to working with you to navigate the next steps so you can make a choice that best suits your student’s educational needs. 

Upcoming Events

October 4

Multilingual Parent Night

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

October 13
October 17

Interagency Meeting

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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