Hillcrest, Mt. Pilchuck and Skyline Elementary Schools will offer free, full-day kindergarten beginning next school year. Funding for the full-day programs was part of the Legislature’s biennial operating budget, which was passed at the end of June. Determination of eligibility for state-funded full-day kindergarten was based on an individual school’s free or reduced lunch percentage from October of the 2014-15 school year.
Several administrative vacancies were filled throughout the district at Lake Stevens Middle and High Schools, North Lake Middle School, HomeLink and the Transportation Department.
Participation in Lake Stevens High School's instrumental program has nearly quadrupled since 2006. While the popularity and success of the award-winning program grow, available space and resources continue to be exhausted. Every inch of the approximately 4,000 sq. ft. band room, storage lockers and practice rooms are stuffed with instruments, equipment and, of course, students.
Each year, Leadership students in Josh Fountain’s class at Cavelero Mid High School complete a final project. The goal is to utilize the leadership, organization and planning skills learned throughout the class. One team of students—eighth-graders Emma DeFrang and Zack Morgado, took their project a step further—transforming physical education class for eight Life Skills students in Sarah Hirsch’s class at Lake Stevens Middle School.
For the fourth year in a row, the Lake Stevens Board of Directors approved the refinancing of a portion of the 2005 and 2006 bonds that will result in a decrease in interest payments for taxpayers equaling more than $990,780 over the life of the bond. The combined refinances save taxpayers a total of $3.3 million over the life of the bonds.
Increased enrollment and overcrowding in some buildings caused Lake Stevens School District officials to form a new Facilities Advisory Committee to assist in the creation of a long-range district facility plan. The FAC, which began its work in October 2014, is led by long-time Lake Stevens residents Jeff and Jo-Ann Sickles, and is made up of parents, district staff members, students, administrators, two board members, community members and local business owners.