a graphic that says an update from Dr. Jake Long, Superintendent

Bomber Nation,

Here’s a mid-summer update for you all!

  • Teacher placement letters go out for students entering grades K-5 on July 29. 

  • Open House is August 16 from 1-7 p.m. – The 2022-2023 calendar is attached here.

  • As of June 30, no-cost school meals for all students due to the USDA waiver are no longer in effect, so it is more important than ever that you fill out the free/reduced meal form for your children. The form is available online and can be accessed here. Please go ahead and take care of that now. Even if you don’t qualify for free or reduced meals, the data from these forms helps our district qualify for additional federal funds. It only takes a moment to complete the application, and many people who don’t think they will qualify end up qualifying. 

  • The district will provide all student supplies (besides backpacks and lunchboxes) once again this year. We hope this service to our families is helpful as it has been in years past. 

  • I will be hosting conversations about the upcoming millage increase ballot measure every Thursday evening in the Mountain Home High School cafeteria from 5-6 p.m. between today and August 4. If you have questions about the proposed millage increase, the proposed high school renovations, or the facility needs, please come to one of these meetings. 

  • I will also host a Walk-In Wednesday event on Wednesday, July 20 from 8:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30 in the high school cafeteria. I am hoping to have some drop-in conversations with those interested in discussing school safety and security across the district as well as the upcoming millage ballot measure. 

  • On Tuesday, July 19, our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) will host its Back-To-School Meet-And-Greet Event at 5:30 in the MHHS cafeteria. Here’s more information about that informative event. I hope you’ll join us. PTO is changing meeting times from daytime to evening this year with the hopes of including more families, and I am looking forward to learning about the group’s plans for the year. 

  • I am establishing a School Safety Commission to conduct a needs assessment and develop possible action steps to improve safety. Members of this commission will include school resource officers, state police officers, juvenile services representatives, other local law enforcement officers, teachers, students, parents, administrators, counselors, and mental health professionals. We know school safety is on everyone’s mind, and we will continue to make this our top priority. 

Have a fantastic afternoon!