January 2022 District Newsletter

January 2022 District Newsletter
Posted on 01/06/2022
Finley residents should be receiving a copy of the Winter Finley School District newsletter in your mailboxes soon! The articles included within the district newsletter can be found below, or you can view the January 2022 newsletter as a printable PDF online here.

Finley School District Newsletter - January 2022

Finley's 2022 Replacement Levy

Look for your ballots in the mail at the end of January!

The upcoming February 8th Special Election will include Finley School District’s replacement levy. Every two years, our district runs an Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy, and 2022 is no different. Like other districts, Finley’s levy will be used to maintain school programs and services that are not fully funded by Washington State. The 2022 EP&O Levy is not a new tax - it replaces the levy last approved by Finley voters in 2020.

Local levy dollars help pay for smaller class sizes, athletics, extracurricular activities, teaching and support staff, school safety, special education, operation expenses, instructional materials, and much more.

Finley’s estimated 2022 EP&O Levy tax rate is $2.42 beginning in 2023,
and $2.46 in 2024. The total collection amount for the two-year levy will be $1.485 million in 2023 and $1.54 million in 2024.

Look for your ballot in the mail by January 24th, and make sure you are
registered to vote! Ballots must be returned or postmarked by Tuesday, February 8th. You can find voting information online at wei.sos.wa.gov. Remember that tax exemptions and deferral programs are available for senior citizens and individuals who are disabled.

For more information on qualifications, contact the Benton County Assessor’s Office at 509-735-2394.

More information on Finley’s levy can be found on our website at www.finleysd.org/district/levies or by contacting Superintendent Lance Hahn at 509-586-3217 or lhahn@finleysd.org. Please remember to vote!

Credit/Debit Card Payments

Finley schools accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover for any school-related payments. All parents, staff, students, and guests may make purchases via an approved credit/debit card. Credit/Debit cards can be used at school offices, sporting events, and club events/sales. Online payment for student fees, ASB cards, and club dues can be paid for using credit/debit cards. In order to make online purchases, you will need your student’s ID number. To access the online payment link, visit the school district website at www.finleysd.org and click on the e-funds Parent Portal icon in the quick links section (payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/56179). A small convenience fee is charged for credit/debit card transactions.

Military Status Notification

According to RCW 28A.300.505(2)(b) school districts are required to report parent or guardian military status and regularly update the data. Please contact your school office to update your military status if it has changed over the last school year. Ask for the Military Status Survey. For questions regarding Military Status Survey, contact the District Office at 509-586-3217.

Requesting Materials in Alternative Formats

If you would like to receive publications in an alternative format or need communication assistance such as use of sign language, braille, captioning or other services, please contact the District Office at 509-586-3217 or visit Contact Us at www.finleysd.org/contact_us and complete the Contact us form placing your request in the questions and concerns box.

Skyward Family Access

Parents/Guardians are able to view their student’s grades, attendance, schedule, and more by using Skyward Family Access. Find the link to Skyward on the school or district website home page in the quick link icons. If you need assistance or login/password information, please contact your student’s school office. Parents/guardians are able to update student information, access grades, and more through Skyward Family Access.

Housing Questionnaire

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” As required by Federal law (McKinney-Vento), Finley School District ensures that homeless youth are provided equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. Please complete the Student Housing Questionnaire by requesting a form from a Finley school office, or download the form from our website at www.finleysd.org/district/public_notices/mckinney.

District Financial Report (2020-2021 Summary)


Revenue Source Amount Percentage
Local $1,176,883 8.44%
State $11,058,437 79.32%
Federal $1,693,490 12.15%
Other $12,000 0.09%
 TOTALS $13,940,810 100%


Expenditures Amount Percentage
Basic Education $6,043,065 42.09%
Central Administration $700,534 4.88%
Building Administration $962,767 6.71%
Sports/Extra Curricular $309,386 2.15%
Special Education $1,619,227 11.28%
Federal Programs $745,495 5.19%
State Programs $1,297,588 9.04%
Food Service $784,615 5.46%
Transportation $544,665 3.79%
District Wide Support $1,351,146 9.41%
TOTALS $14,358,486

School Board Appreciation

Finley School Board and Superintendent
Pictured above, left to right: Tom LaFortune, Cathy Krug, Julie Bussell, Dawn Senger, Tim Goforth, and Superintendent Lance Hahn

January is National School Board Appreciation month! Finley School District
welcomed our newest member, Tom LaFortune, to our school board in
December 2021. We are grateful for the time and service these community
members give to Finley’s schools.

Dawn Senger - District 1, Position 3
Elected November 2019 - 4 year term. Term ends November 2023.

Tom LaFortune - District 2, Position 1
Elected November 2021 - 4 year term. Term ends November 2025.

Julie Bussell - District 3, Position 4
Elected November 2019 - 4 year term. Term ends November 2023.

Tim Goforth - District 4, Position 5
Elected November 2019 - 4 year term. Term ends November 2023.

Cathy Krug - Director at Large
Elected November 2021 - 4 year term. Term ends November 2025.

School Closures & Delays

When winter weather hits, we want to assure our Finley students, staff, and families have updated information on expectations and communication for closing or delaying school due to inclement weather. Occasionally, severe weather may make it necessary for the buses to run late and/or for school to be delayed or cancelled. When this happens, announcements will be made beginning at 6:00 a.m.

All school closure and/or emergency information will be available on our district website home page at www.finleysd.org, as well as on our Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/FinleySchools. Automated phone calls will be sent to students’ families. Please make sure we have your most current contact information so that we can reach you!

Our district also utilizes the media notification system Flash Alert Newswire to communicate this information with local TV, radio, and news stations as needed. As soon as a decision has been made to delay or close school, this information is posted to the Flash Alert website. Parents are encouraged to check this website in the mornings for accurate and reliable information direct from the District. Visit our website at www.finleysd.org and click on the Closures/Alerts quick link to connect to FlashAlert.

Become a Volunteer Mentor!


Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a Finley Middle School student during your lunch break?

You are invited to serve as a volunteer mentor in United Way's 2021-2022 middle school lunchtime mentoring program!

Chronic absenteeism is a growing concern that affects whether a student will graduate from high school. Research shows that early intervention, including mentoring, can help students stay in school. Becoming a lunchtime mentor can make a difference!

Mentors will meet with their assigned students once a week, on the school grounds, for 45 minutes during the mentee's lunch period through May 2022. United Way will provide all necessary training, and no prior experience is necessary.

What you will do as a mentor:

  • Listen and be a reliable, positive adult role model.
  • Support student success by helping your mentee feel good about him/herself.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for learning and respect for the school.


  • Dependable, responsible, and patient.
  • Open-minded
  • Positive attitude
  • Good listener
  • Able to meet for 45 minutes once a week for the school year (September – June)
  • Able to attend quarterly mentor trainings at United Way or over Zoom


  • Making a difference in a child’s life.
  • Giving back to the community.

How to apply:

Interested future mentors must fill out an application, complete a short interview, and pass a school district background check. United Way staff will contact you with next steps.

For more information, please visit the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties website at www.uwbfco.org/mentors or contact Vicky Barron Zuniga at 509-521-6885 or Vbarron@finleysd.org.

Important Dates


  • 3 – School Resumes
  • 17 – NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Day
  • 18-31 – Elementary math and reading testing
  • 20 – Finley Food Pantry Drive-Through, 2:00 PM, Finley Community Center
  • 31 – 3rd Quarter/Semester 2 Begins
  • 31 – WIDA test window opens (Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment)


  • 1 – Elementary math and reading testing
  • 17 – Finley Food Pantry Drive-Through, 2:00 PM, Finley Community Center
  • 21 – NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day


  • 17 – Finley Food Pantry Drive-Through, 2:00 PM, Finley Community Center


  • 1 – NO SCHOOL, (First Snow Day)
  • 4-8 – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
  • 11 – FMS/RVHS 4th Quarter Begins

Nondiscrimination, Title IX & Section 504:

Finley School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations. Finley School District does not discriminate in any program or activities on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Nondiscrimination/ADA and Title IX – Bryan Long, Director of Human Resources & Student Learning, blong@finleysd.org; Section 504 – Amy McLaughlin, Director of Special Programs, amclaughlin@finleysd.org, 509-586- 3217; 224606 E Game Farm Rd, Kennewick, WA 99337.