In light of concerns surrounding lead levels in school districts, the Stanwood-Camano School District submitted water samples from all of our school buildings to the City of Everett Environment Laboratory. On May 11 the test results showed that lead levels in all schools fell below the EPA safety standard. The water in our school buildings is safe to consume.
REPLACING STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Long-term investment in our schools:
- No increase in tax rates - replaces the expiring School Facilities and Technology Levy.
- Addresses the educational and technological demands of the 21st century.
- Improves security and safety for students and staff by reducing the footprint of the existing school, eliminating nearly 80 exterior doors, and other security measures.
- Eliminates physical barriers for handicapped students.
- Eliminates the use of all 16 temporary portable classrooms.
- Provides facilities to address student learning including appropriately designed classrooms, laboratories, shop areas, arts and drama, physical education, special education, community use, and other critical services.
- Addresses the long-term needs of students attending Lincoln Hill High School/Lincoln Academy and Saratoga (parent-partner) School.
- Uses existing site and improvements already paid for and useable.
Planning and construction timeline:
August 19, 2014 - Citizen Facility Advisory Committee recommended that the School Board authorize planning to replace Stanwood High School.
December 16, 2014 - A citizen and staff committee screened and interviewed architect applicants. The school board approved selection of McGranahan Architects.
March 18, 2015 – The High School Planning Committee composed of 42 members of the community and staff began meeting.
November 2015 through May 2016 - Community meetings were held in Stanwood and Camano Island seeking input on the location, conceptual design, and financing plans for the new school. Architects will prepare a conceptual design based on input from community, parents, students, and staff.
April 2016 through January 2017 - District presentations to the community.
February 14, 2017 - Bond election
February 15, 2017 through February 28, 2018 - Design and bidding
March 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020 - Construction
September 1, 2020 – Estimated occupancy
The Board of Directors will recognize the Classified Employee of the Month (March), Roseann Lindell, Stanwood High School Lead Cook, and the Teacher of the Month (March), Riita Dunning, Utsalady Elementary 1st Grade Teacher, at the Regular Board Meeting, April 19, 2016. The meeting is held in the Administration & Resource Center Boardroom at 7:00 PM. The public is invited to attend.
Other awards will be given to the Cedarhome Elementary and Utsalady Elementary Shining Stars and Volunteers.
Pictured (left) Roseann Lindell and (right) Riita Dunning
The Board of Directors recognizes the Classified Employees and Teachers of the Month at the second board meeting of the month, September through March. Below are the recipients from October through January. To read their nominations, click on the names of the employees.
Do you know of a classified employee or teacher worthy of recognition? Please write a nomination by clicking on this link: Employee Nomination. It's that easy!
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Dear Stanwood-Camano Community:
A committee made up of parents, community members, school board members, and staff, has been working on a plan to replace the 45 year-old Stanwood High School for the past year. The existing school has served the community well beyond its intended life. The committee has determined the new school should remain on the existing site and replacing the facility without a tax increase to the community is realistic.
At this point, the committee is seeking input from the community at-large to develop a conceptual design for the new school. The committee is excited to be able to solicit community input that will be used in the development of a final recommendation to the school board. The financing (bond issue) plan will be presented to voters in the form of a ballot measure in February 2017.
The community is invited to any of the meetings, listed below, to provide input into the proposed plans and to learn more about related issues. There will be opportunities for hands-on involvement and other activities that will directly influence the final plans.
Community meeting dates:
March 8 - 6:30 PM Stanwood High School Library (7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood)
March 9 - 6:30 PM Utsalady Elementary Gym (608 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island)
May 2 - 6:30 PM Utsalady Elementary
May 9 - 6:30 PM Stanwood High School
Last night in Snohomish County the levy passing rate was 65.68% and in Island County it was 63.92%. This is very exciting news because these results reflect the highest voter support for our district in at least the past 14 years. We anticipate, based on past elections, that the approval rate will continue to increase as the final ballots arrive at the county courthouses.
Your hard work on this election has set the foundation for our upcoming high school bond. We need to continue educating our community about our needs and the importance of their support for our school district.
Again, thank you so very much for all that you do for the children of our school district.
Jean Shumate, Superintendent
BOARD OF DIRECTORS