February School Board Meeting

  • Written by Kara Roth

Northshore School District (NSD) held their first board meeting in the month of February this past week. Previous meetings were canceled due to the snow.

Superintendent Michelle Reid indicated a decision regarding any changes to the end of school due to snow days will hopefully be announced next week. The school calendar for the 2019-2020 year should be available at the next board of directors meeting. The district is also being highlighted in a documentary regarding the highly capable program in the NSD.

NSD received an incentive rebate of $420,000 from the Snohomish County Public Utility District due to the high energy efficiency markers at North Creek High School.

There were a large number of families who commented on the possibility of the PACE program moving out of Lockwood Elementary. PACE stands for Parents Active in Cooperative Education. It is a choice program available to all Northshore elementary families. PACE is currently located at Lockwood and Wellington Elementary. The district is holding meetings in March to discuss possible movement of these programs as well as other programs within the district. The family members and students who spoke are concerned that relocating the program will cause it to suffer and adversely impact students who are currently enrolled in the program.

The board voted to accept impact fees from the City of Woodinville. Impact fees are collected from new development within the city and are used to support the capital needs of the district. President Sandy Hayes thanked the city for agreeing to collect these fees and said it was an “exciting moment”.

Dr. Reid also shared with the board that the Core 24 Success Committee is recommending adding a seventh period to the high school day, effective for the 2019-20 school year. The addition an extra period will help students reach the requirement of 24 credits to graduate from high school. The structure of the high school schedule is still being worked out. The addition of the extra period is projected to cost the district an additional $4.4 million a year.

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