The Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution for a $116 million bond proposition at its Oct. 28 meeting. The bond will allow the district to build a new elementary school and Early Learning Center; replace and expand selected buildings at Lake Stevens High School, make districtwide safety and security improvements and districtwide health, safety, educational and infrastructure improvements.
Lake Stevens School District launched a Thoughtexchange survey in September and early October to obtain community feedback on two proposed project options to address overcrowding and aging facilities throughout the district. The feedback from our stakeholders helps us to better understand the needs and values of our community in regards to our facilities. School personnel and the Board of Directors thoroughly reviewed all of the feedback and will use it to shape our plans and direction.
Career and Technical Education classes are growing at Cavelero Mid High School and Lake Stevens High School. CTE classes integrate academics with technical skill development to help prepare students for higher-level courses in college or a career after high school.
Last spring third- through eighth-graders and 10th- and 11th-graders took the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and math. Lake Stevens School District's students once again outperformed their peers statewide in all assessed categories. Our students’ assessment scores also led other Snohomish County school districts in the majority of tested areas.
Sept. 22 marked the district's 60 year anniversary. Help us celebrate this milestone by sharing your memories and photos with us.
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.
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.