April Nowak, the Edmonds School District Board’s newest director, dove right into action at Tuesday’s meeting after being sworn in by School Board President Diana White at the start of the meeting.
During a discussion of how surplus computers were going to be used, Nowak asked if the district had considered allowing students who don’t have computers at home to check them out for the year.
The district has two pilot programs where students take home computers and high school students are able to check out laptops after school and return them in the morning. The Edmonds Public Schools and Alumni Foundation also provides computers for students.
Nowak also asked about the potential impact that construction work on the new athletic fields at the former Woodway High School would have on the site, which houses Edmonds Heights K-12 and Scriber Lake High School. She also wondered about the impact of future sporting events at the athletic fields on parking, which already is somewhat of an issue at the site.
“It’s packed. It gets a lot of use,” Nowak said of the site.
The district expects the construction to have relatively minimal impact with the bulk of the work being done during the summer, though there may be a few weeks before school ends and school begins where there will be construction work.
Nowak has three children in the Edmonds School District, two at Edmonds Heights K-12 and one at Meadowdale High School. She home schools two of her children.
The Edmonds resident was glad to officially attend her first meeting as Director.
“It’s wonderful to be here in this room,” she said. “Everyone has been very welcoming.”
Nowak also talked about the recent performance of “Pippin” by students from Edmonds Heights K-12. She noted that a group of Meadowdale performers, who had done “The Wedding Singer,” and some football players came to see the play.
“We have such a fantastic group of arts students in this district,” Nowak said. “Our district is really collaborative. … It’s wonderful to see that support from all the schools.”
After submitting a written application, Nowak was interviewed by the school board. She was unanimously approved by the other board members. Nowak thinks what they saw in her was “just my passion for education, helping kids and just giving back to the community.”
Nowak served on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. She worked as a program manager at Boeing when she first relocated to the Puget Sound region. She currently serves on the board of directors for Jack and Jill of America, a non-profit that focuses on stimulating growth and development in children.
“The voice of a committed and passionate parent,” is what Nowak said she’ll bring to the Board.
— By David Pan