Welcome to 2016—I hope you had a wonderful holiday and a
Happy New Year! Prior to Winter Break our students and staff members hosted
food and donation drives to support local families in need. More than $11,000
was raised. Their generosity never fails to amaze me.
This is School Board Appreciation Month and I want to thank our board of directors for their leadership and dedication to our district and community. Board members are volunteers who selflessly give of themselves to make our district the excellent place that it is.
On Feb. 9, Lake Stevens voters will consider a school construction bond that will reduce elementary overcrowding; support continued early learning; replace and expand the high school’s aging facilities; upgrade safety and security throughout the district and make district-wide health, educational and infrastructure improvements. Detailed information about this measure is available on page 1. Please remember to vote return your ballot by Tuesday, Feb. 9.
In an effort to communicate facts about the bond and to ensure that our community understood each of the projects, I gave more than 30 presentations to district staff members, parents, community members and business owners to provide information and answer questions. After giving these presentations, I was reminded how honored I am to serve in such a caring community.
As we enter the 2016 Legislative Session, the school board and I will closely follow education funding and other education-related issues. We will continue to be in close contact with our legislators and will communicate the need to fully fund public education and to minimize additional cuts.
Our students are doing amazing things every day. If you’re not already connected to our schools, I invite you to visit and volunteer. Any time you can give to our students is valuable. Each school has a volunteer coordinator who can match your interests and skills to a specific classroom or project. Many schools have volunteer opportunities that can be completed after school hours. More information is available under the “Community” tab on our district website.
As always, I welcome any questions you have about our schools. Please feel free to contact me at 425-335-1500.
Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent