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School District receives Department of Ecology Grant

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Propane 3Two propane autogas tanks were installed on eight new Northshore School District buses. Each tank has a 1,000-gallon capacity. NSD/courtesy photo.

BOTHELL — The Northshore School District has added eight propane-fueled busses to its fleet. 

The purchase was made possible through a $280,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. In return for the grant, the NSD is required to take eight diesel-fueled busses offline.

“Propane autogas is safe for children and the environment, and it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” NSD Director of Communications Lisa Youngblood Hall said in a Sept. 6 press release.

“Propane is non-toxic and non-poisonous. It poses no harm to groundwater, surface water or soil. It does not spill, pool or leave any residue when released, but instead dissipates into the air.

“Overall, the new buses are considered to be much cleaner and more reliable transportation than the buses the District is eliminating.”

The new propane-fueled busses were put into service this week. They are said to be more environmentally friendly and are considered to be a more reliable form of transportation.

Northshore teachers get new contract

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Northshore Administrative CenterA new three-year contract for Northshore teachers comes with a five percent increase in wages and improvements in student resources. NSD/courtesy photoBOTHELL — The Northshore School District Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly Monday afternoon to ratify a three-year contract with the Northshore Education Association.

The decision, which needed a 90 percent approval rate, comes on the heels of a vote Aug. 29 by NEA members to call for the ratification of the tentative agreement.

The contract focuses on the improvement of student resources by creating additional school counselor, nurse, psychologist, special education, English Learner instruction and audiologist positions throughout the district.

“The strength of our district lies in the quality of the people,” NDS Superintendent Michelle Reid said in an Aug. 29 press release. “I couldn’t be prouder of the educators in this great district. This vote reflects our shared dedication to continuing our work in supporting and preparing each and every one of our students for success beyond graduation.”

The new contract increase teacher’s salaries by 2 percent and adds a 5 percent pay raise for paraeducators. Teachers will now earn between $61,200 to $119,379 for the 2019-20 school year.

“I’m very proud of the membership of the Northshore Education Association. Throughout these negotiations, Northshore educators continued to prioritize the needs of the whole student, as we have always done,” said Tim Brittell, Northshore Education Association president. “These contractual improvements will help us as we face the continued challenges of unprecedented growth in our district.

“While the McCleary decision has provided a significant increase in resources available to support our students, our state Legislature still has work to do to provide adequate funding for students with disabilities and to provide all students with class sizes that support more individualized education for our students.”

The NSD and union also agreed to allocate $700,000 to fund continued negotiations to explore the expansion of resources that support student mental health beginning in the 2020-21 school year.”

The Northshore School District is the eighth largest district in the state of Washington, covering 60 square miles. There are 33 schools within the district, with a student population of 23,000 and a staff of 3,000.

Property Tax Relief for Seniors

  • Written by Brooke Knight

Many older adults in our local community have found that the home they purchased many years ago has increased in value significantly.

This can be a huge asset to them if and when they decide to sell it. But along with increased home values comes increased property taxes. Seniors who assumed they could continue to afford their homes because they are paid off are often surprised to find property taxes in our region make living in their homes unaffordable.

In 2018, property taxes on the average home in Woodinville were $6,364. Seniors receiving an average Social Security payment of $17,064 might spend more than 37 percent of their total annual income spent on property taxes.

What many seniors don’t know is that there is help available! If you are a senior or are disabled, own your home, and have less $40,000 of income annual, you could qualify for property tax relief. In 2020, this income level goes up to $58,423 for people living in King County.

Evidence suggests that only 1 in 100 eligible seniors are taking advantage of this program. For more information on how to access this program, you can visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/assessor/TaxRelief.aspx or call the Northshore Senior Center at 425-487-2441. A staff person focused specifically on ensuring that seniors are accessing all the benefits they are eligible will be happy to help. 

Northshore Senior Center is committed to helping older adults stay healthy, vibrant and in their homes as long as they’d like.

Brooke Knight is the CEO of the Northshore Senior Center.

Chamber Executive Director resigns

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Newly appointed Woodinville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christopher Burgess has stepped down from his position. Burgess accepted the role roughly eight months ago. His resignation is effective immediately. 

“The position required far more time than I had anticipated — I was hired part-time and worked full-time,“ Burgess said. “I made the decision to resign because I wanted to spend more time with family. I hadn’t ridden my horses much nor been out on my boat as much as I would’ve like to either.

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Four Northshore School District graduates enter military academies

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

BOTHELL — While most members of the Class of 2019 from the Northshore School District are entering college, career or gap years, a few graduates from Bothell, Inglemoor and Woodinville high schools have begun military academies.

Patrick Connor BHS 2Patrick Connor

Bothell High School’s Patrick Connor will attend the Coast Guard Academy.

“Around 2,300 people applied and only 300 were given appointments, so I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” Connor said. “Attending one of the academies has been my dream for along time and I’m finally able to realize it.”

Faith Brooks BHSFaith Brooks

Faith Brooks, who also attended Bothell High is bound for the U.S. Naval Academy. She wants to be a navy pilot, so the U.S. Naval Academy was a natural choice. The Academy received 16,000 applications this year and Faith was one of 1,200 students accepted.

“I am honored to become a part of such an exceptional group of individuals.”

Anisha Chowdhry IHSAnisha Chowdhry

Inglemoor High School’s Anisha Chowdhry will attend a one-year Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), the U.S. Navy’s fourth oldest school.

Chowdry chose the Naval Academy because she was looking for a challenging program and an area where she could make a difference. After a successful year in NAPS, she will apply to the Academy.

Joseph Muckelstone WHSJoseph Muckelstone

Joseph Mucklestone from Woodinville High School will attend the Air Force Academy. While attending WHS Joe was a member Civil Air Patrol; a branch of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary that teaches students ages 12-18 about the Air Force, and exposes them to education in aerospace and training in emergency services.

“Civil Air Patrol gave me critical military exposure and an insight into possible careers in the U.S. Air Force,” he said. “Most importantly, my passion for service continued to grow as I learned more about the Air Force and what it means to serve. The first hand experience is why I chose the Air Force over the other military branches.”

The Northshore School District wishes them well and thanks them for their future service.

 

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