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Last updated 4/24/2019 at Noon

School district hires director of equity

The school district has announced the appointment of Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell to be the director of equity. She will begin her new position on June 10. Ebalaroza-Tunnell will be filling a position that is newly created by the school district. In her role, she will lead the district’s efforts to build and sustain a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, help eliminate racial disproportionality between student groups, and direct initiatives that are related to diversity, equity, and outreach. She comes to the school district from CO3 Consulting in Bothell, where she has been the principal consultant since 2010. In that position, she has guided organizations in developing solutions and implementing strategies with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts.

Two new principals named

The students at Fairmount and Endeavour elementary schools will have a new principal next year. Lynne Peters will be the principal at Endeavour and Bente Klatt will be the principal at Fairmount. Both will begin their new jobs on July 1. Peters comes to Mukilteo from Merrillville, Indiana, where she has been the principal at Henry Fieler Elementary for the past three years, and before that was the principal at Model Elementary in Goshen, Indiana. Klatt has been employed by the Mukilteo School District since 2011 and is currently the assistant principal for both Fairmount and Odyssey, a role that she has had for the past three years. She was previously the dean of students at Serene Lake.

Last day of school officially set

The school district has received official approval from the state to waive two of the days that were canceled because of the snowstorms in February. That means the last day of school for students will be Tuesday, June 25. A total of seven days had been canceled because of the storms. Five of those will be made up by adding five days to the end of the school year. The school district could request a waiver of the other two days because they occurred during a state of emergency that was declared by the governor. While the school days have been waived, a state requirement for total instructional time still must be met. That will be done with the students attending school until June 25.

Mariner band and choir win big in California

The Mariner band and choir groups won big at the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, California, and brought home several awards. The jazz band, wind ensemble, and the marching band won gold awards and the symphonic band received a silver award. The band also won two adjudicator awards. All choir groups (Avant Blues, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Blue and Gold Ensemble) won both gold awards and adjudicator award. In addition, both the wind ensemble and the chamber choir qualified for a Festival of Gold and the choir qualified for another trip to Carnegie Hall next year.

Still time to take Parent Survey

If you haven’t already, don’t miss your opportunity to take this year’s annual Parent Survey. It will only take you a few minutes but will provide your child’s school with valuable information that will help in developing School Improvement Plans and in improving communications. You can take the survey on your computer, tablet, or smart phone and you can take it in seven different languages. The survey is available at


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