Nehalem Elementary Parents and Community Members,

Thank you for attending the NCRD/Neah-Kah-Nie School District sponsored question & answer session on Tuesday, April 5.  NCRD staff & Neah-Kah-Nie School District Board members and administrators were pleased with the opportunity to reach out to you in a meaningful way to answer your questions on the status of the 2016-17 Nehalem Elementary/NCRD swim program.  We understand it is essential the school district and parents work together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of our children.

I would like to summarize the highlights of the meeting that concern the swim program:


  • NCRD and Neah-Kah-Nie School District are committed to the swim program. Our goal is to continue to provide weekly 30 minutes of swim lessons for each Nehalem Elementary student during the school day.
  • Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s #1 long range visionary goal is, High literacy and math skills for all students.
  • NCRD and NKN School District staff will continue to collaborate on employee work schedules, pool schedule, and a school schedule in order to reach our swim lesson goal.
  • Principal Woika is diligently working on the difficult, and time consuming, task of creating a school schedule that includes swim lessons for all students. There are many factors that impact a school-wide schedule including: reading and math blocks, science, art, physical education, music, English as a Second Language classes, recess, lunch, employee breaks, preparation time, shared employee work schedules, scheduling for an additional classroom teacher, etc.
  • NCRD and Neah-Kah-Nie School District have a great appreciation for the legacy of the swim program and support the program’s continued success.
  • The swim program is an integral part of the Nehalem Elementary culture and the culture of surrounding communities.
  • Families are encouraged to access NCRD’s pool to enhance the swim lesson experience.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Woika or me.

Thank you,

Paul Erlebach, Superintendent

Neah-Kah-Nie School District