As part of the required forms in Family Access, military families are asked to fill out a Military Documentation form. This form is an important one, as it directly impacts the amount of funding the district is able to get to help support military families.
“It’s essential we are able to track all our military families, whether they arrive at the start of the school year, or later on,” said Community Connections Director Jay Brower. “Identifying them increases our eligibility for services and grants, and even helps bring resources from JBLM to our community. This helps us meet their unique needs and honor the families of those who serve our country.”
With approximately 10% of our district made up of military families, finding new and better ways to support them is always a focus. And it’s one that has been noticed.
Norma Melo, JBLM’s School Liaison Officer, recently returned from a training conference, where she learned that the Bethel School District was listed at the very top of a satisfaction survey of military families who had recently moved away.
“The staff in Bethel genuinely care about their students,” Melo said.
The Army-specific survey listed Bethel with a 91.7% satisfaction rating, the highest of all districts in Washington. Bethel received top marks in staff engagement, technology, high-stakes curriculum and extracurricular activities.
“Kudos to the Bethel School District. I appreciate all the work this district does for our military kids,” said Melo.