Edmonds School District considering moving up completion date for new Lynndale Elementary School

Edmonds_School_DistrictThe Edmonds School District is considering pushing up the timetable for the completion of the new Lynndale Elementary School by utilizing the former Woodway Elementary School.

Under the original plan, Lynndale Elementary was scheduled to be completed in September of 2018. In an idea brought before the School Board on Tuesday, the District proposed moving up the completion of Lynndale Elementary to September of 2017, the same time the new Alderwood Middle School is scheduled to be completed.

Because Lynndale Elementary is not big enough to replace the building with students on site, the District is exploring the option of temporarily relocating students to the former Woodway Elementary for the 2016-17 school year, which is when the current Lynndale Elementary would be torn down.

The temporary move would displace a number of programs that currently use Woodway Elementary, including several preschools and Edmonds Community College. The District also uses several Woodway Elementary classrooms for storage.

The other option would be for the District to wait until the old Alderwood Middle School is vacant and the new Alderwood Middle School is completed and move Lynndale Elementary students to the old Alderwood Middle School.

Tuesday’s discussion was for informational purposes. The District is hoping that the Board will make a decision by August, so that the current tenants at Woodway Elementary School can have as much advance notice as possible.

In other news:

The year-end Edmonds Public Schools and Alumni Foundation Report highlighted a number of successes from this year. The Foundation distributed $63,500 in scholarships to students and is funding a two-year grant at Alderwood, Brier Terrace, College Place and Meadowdale middle schools for an Afterschool Program. The program includes study tables from 2:30-4 p.m., three days a week; extended monitored time to make up assignments, complete homework and receive tutoring and support. The program is projected to serve 1,200 students and to help increase student academic success and prepare them for high school.

The Foundation paid for $9,900 in testing fees for 660 students and again will be involved in PSAT and ASPIRE Support for the upcoming school year. A Financial Literacy class at Lynnwood High School also was supported this year. In the class, 96 high school students learned financial concepts and then went to Oak Heights, Lynnwood and Spruce elementary schools to present JA Financial Literacy lessons to students. Forty-eight classrooms and about 960 students were reached.

More than $30,000 was spent in three weeks and 263 teachers reimbursed for school supplies as part of the Hazel Miller Foundation’s Back to School Basics program. The Foundation expects to launch the Nourishing Network, a weekend meal program for homeless and low-income families, in August or September. The Foundation also is participating in Campbell Nelson’s Big Vehicle Giveaway program in which the dealership will be donating a vehicle to three nonprofits. The Foundation encouraged people to go to the Foundation’s website for a link where they can vote for the District.

The Foundation also noted that it’s not too early to start thinking about the Foundation’s Celebrate Schools 5k Run Walk set for Oct. 4 at the Alderwood Mall. Registration is underway for the race and the event also will be officially sanctioned as a City of Lynnwood Festival.

The Board received an update on the District’s Chromebook pilot project in which students at Cedar Valley Community School and Alderwood Middle School will have 1-to-1 access to Chromebooks.

All Alderwood Middle students and fourth through sixth grade students at Cedar will be issued internet-only Chromebooks. Middle school students will take Chromebooks home and elementary students will leave them at school.

The District has conducted two parents meetings at Alderwood Middle to explain the program and has developed a voluntary damage/loss program that costs $45. Training took place for staff last week and more training will follow in August on the Hapara teacher dashboard. The District also plans to build a Student Tech Leader team at Alderwood Middle. Those students will help other students.

Positive feedback was received from staff, especially about the fast boot up time for the Chromebooks and the battery life. When students connect at home with their Chromebooks, they actually are routed back through the District’s servers, so effectively students will be looking at a District-filtered Internet. The District also noted that teachers who have been issued new Lenovo Yoga Thinkpads are moving the contents of their hard drives to Google Drive, which provides free cloud storage.

The Board received a report on the May 28 sale of District bonds. The District sold $168 million of bonds at a true interest cost of 3.41 percent. Interest rates on the 10-year Treasury and on municipal bonds have risen since the District sold its bonds, which means that the District had good timing with its sale. The District’s Standard and Poors Bond Rating also was upgraded from AA- to AA.

– By David Pan

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