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Mukilteo Schools | A bittersweet goodbye

This month is bittersweet for me. After nearly 17 years, this is my last month as superintendent before Dr. Alison Brynelson steps into the role Jan. 1. She will do a fantastic job and she and I have been working on transition plans the past two...

 

Safety and security in our district l Mukilteo Schools

The school district’s new safety and security manager, Tim Reeves, is very busy training staff throughout the district. He is working directly with school security monitors in increasing their training. He has also been training staff on how to...

 

Capital bond measure may be on February ballot l Mukilteo Schools

Students and staff are once again settling into their school day routines. This year, we saw more students walk, skip, and breeze through our school doors than in previous years. Our enrollment numbers continue to grow, but the number of schools in...

 

With our district growing, a ballot measure may be needed l Mukilteo Schools

Five years ago, a supermajority of about 64 percent of the voters in the Mukilteo School District approved a ballot measure that gave us the authority to finance improvements to many school facilities. The largest of those projects was the... Full story

 

Our district is growing l Mukilteo Schools

With the end of the school year approaching, it’s a time when schools are planning year-end celebrations and when this year’s graduates are becoming anxious about the big step they will soon take to the next phase of their young lives. This is...

 

Making up the snow days l Mukilteo Schools

February was a record breaker! We’ve never had so many school days canceled because of weather. During the past 20 years, most of our school years have gone by with no canceled days or maybe only one. There have been only four years when two or...

 

Legislative priorities for schools l Mukilteo Schools

About three-quarters of our operating revenue comes from the state of Washington, so it only makes sense that we would pay a great deal of attention to what is going on in Olympia when the Legislature is in session. The lawmakers are considering doze...

 

A thank you to our school board members

With about 2,500 employees and an annual operating budget of about $250 million, the Mukilteo School District is a large organization. In fact, out of the 295 school districts in the state of Washington, we are the 22nd largest with an enrollment of...

 

The importance of technology in our schools

While the focus of our effort is always on what happens in the classroom, there are many other supporting functions that also play a critical role. Education can’t work, for example, if the school buildings aren’t maintained or the school buses d...

 

Opening doors for all Mukilteo students l Mukilteo Schools

In last month’s column, I wrote about the development of our equity policy and why we felt it was important to undertake an effort that ensures a high level of success for all students. I told you how diverse our school district has become, both...

 

Addressing equity is a long-term team effort l Mukilteo Schools

The Mukilteo School District has become a richly diverse place over the past several years. Our school district is vastly different than it was when I arrived in 2000. We truly are educating students from around the globe, with students who speak a...

 

Safety is our priority l Mukilteo Schools

The safety of our students and our staff members, as well as those who visit our campuses and facilities, is one of the most important responsibilities that we have as a school district. A proper learning environment must be free of things or people...

 

Great session of summer school

One of the most exciting parts of each summer in the Mukilteo School District is our summer school program. Each year, hundreds of students spend time in classrooms to learn a variety of subjects, help get prepared for their move to middle school or... Full story

 

Enjoy your summer by reading l Mukilteo Schools

Summer is just around the corner. We will honor our graduates at ceremonies that will take place later this week and the last day of the 2017-18 school year will be a week from today on June 20. The last several weeks before the end of the school... Full story

 

School Board statement on school safety

The issue of safety and security in our schools is always a strong concern, but has been increasingly so during the past few months since the tragic school shooting in Florida, the resulting activism by students, and our own incident here in the...

 

Safety in Mukilteo schools l Mukilteo Schools

I wrote a letter to all of our staff members last week that outlines the things we are doing in our schools to improve safety and security. In that message, I had to admit that in my many years in education as a student, a teacher, and as a... Full story

 

School safety in our school district l Mukilteo Schools

The tragedy of school shootings has been in the news again recently with an event in Florida a couple of weeks ago that caused the death of 17 people. At the same time, we were also rocked by the news that one of our own students was planning a...

 

Election is coming up

Voters in the school district are now considering two ballot measures that would provide funding for our schools. One would provide money for a variety of educational programs and services and the other would provide money to improve technology. As t...

 

Information on finances and ballot measures

In last month’s column, I introduced you to the topic of school finances. I told you that the state provides us with about two-thirds of the money we use to operate schools. I also mentioned that most of the programs and activities that the state... Full story

 

What to know about upcoming ballot

For most people, the issue of how school districts get and spend money is something they likely don’t think much about. That’s only natural. They have a great many other important things to deal with in their daily lives. But, every so often,...

 

Upcoming fundraiser and the importance of volunteers

The process of providing an education for more than 15,000 students requires a very large organization filled with many moving parts. In addition to about 1,000 teachers, we employ hundreds of other employees who drive school buses, serve lunch,...

 

New buildings help district serve more students | Mukilteo Schools

When we went to the voters in February 2014 with a construction bond proposal, we said that building a new elementary school and a new kindergarten center would help us meet the demand of growing enrollment and give us enough classrooms to provide...

 

Skills center to open its doors for 40th birthday bash | Mukilteo Schools

A little-known gem in our school system will be celebrating its 40th birthday soon. Our school district is among the largest in the state, serving a total of more than 15,000 students. We offer classes at three high schools, four middle schools, 12... Full story

 

‘Tis the season to celebrate our graduating seniors | Mukilteo Schools

The end of the school year is an exciting time for all of our students, who are looking forward to taking a break from the classroom to enjoy many summer activities. It’s especially exciting for the high school seniors and their families. For many...

 

State awards reinforce our school district’s reputation | Mukilteo Schools

I had the tremendous pleasure of joining some of our teachers and principals at a ceremony last week down in Auburn where 280 schools were recognized with the Washington Achievement Award, which is the highest honor that can be given to a school in... Full story

 

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