Edmonds Schools Superintendent discusses district priorities; next meeting at EWHS Nov. 17

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Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit met with a small group of community meeting attendees at Mountlake Terrace High School Tuesday night.
Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit met with a small group of community meeting attendees at Mountlake Terrace High School Tuesday night.

Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit spoke to a small group of parents, students and educators Tuesday night at Mountlake Terrace High School in the third of four parent/community meetings being held around the district.

Brossoit emphasized the district Strategic Direction program that covers five areas being studied by district work groups: PreK – 3rd grade early learning, monitoring enrollment and facilities, learning programs for all students, impact of new requirement for 24 credits to earn high school diploma, and family engagement. The superintendent also briefly addressed the district’s replacement technology/capital levy that will be on the Feb. 9, 2016.

Brossoit answered questions from the audience Tuesday ranging from use of district-supplied Chromebooks by students, programs for high school students in danger of not graduating, and the Washington State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision requiring “full funding” for school.

Tuesday’s community meeting at Mountlake Terrace was the third for Brossoit this fall; the superintendent will host opportunity for public discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski, MLTnews

10 COMMENTS

  1. The $59 million dollar replacement technology/capital levy, that will go before voters in February, includes construction or replacement of 8 more fields in the district, and currently they plan to continue using crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is suspected of causing cancer in young athletes who spent years playing the artificial turf. Links to recent stories below. The first is an ESPN E:60 in-depth report which aired November 3rd .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91svvfuF7iY

    http://www.komonews.com/news/investigations/Cancer-in-the-turf-Black-dots-getting-scrutiny-338399992.html?mobile=y

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2015/10/26/epa-ignores-congress-and-nbc-queries-about-cancer-and-artifical-turf/

    http://wjla.com/features/7-on-your-side/gaithersburg-officials-use-organic-turf-on-field

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JMHx0Pk5SpU

    http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/335438501.html

  2. i watched that show so if the people who are getting the cancer are the goalies and they want to use the rubber how come they don’t just take a sufficant area around the goal and make it natural grass so when the player comes in the goalie doesnt get bombarded with the rubber now I know they can do that without too much trouble, I was also watching a watching a womens match at u of w there main game soccer field is all natural grass. Ill say it again almost 50% of my property taxes goes to the school district so guess what if its my money I got a say in what they do!!!

    • Michael,
      Your idea would be a possible way to mitigate the higher exposure that the goalies are exposed to. However, one theory is that currently more goalies are presenting, because of this higher exposure, but down the line we expect to see an increase among other players as well.

  3. The Education Board Sycophantic Sanctimonious Acolytes will discover how unsupportive the voters really are when their levy comes up for a vote in February…they work for us!

    They ignore our concerns, spend money foolishly, and put our kids at risk anyway with cancer-causing crumb rubber athletic fields…

    The February Replacement=Replacement + INCREASE levy….no!

  4. Below is the most recent news from today regarding crumb rubber, expect more in the coming days. This whole letter is great, but one part really stood out to me-

    Quote from letter: “Finally, in the absence of conclusive information regarding health risks and since the California study is expected to take three years to complete, the CPSC should provide the public with interim guidelines regarding how individuals can reduce their exposure to the potential hazards of crumb rubber. For example, before voluntary standards were instituted to prevent the use of lead in artificial turf products, the Centers for Disease Control recommended field managers post signs outlining specific precautions individuals can take to minimize their exposure risks.[6] Please inform us when you expect to be able to disseminate such information to the public.”

    Locally, we have a number of these fields. We should be providing the parents and students of children who choose play on these fields with precautions they can take to minimize their exposure. Counties in Maryland are providing warnings that will be posted at the gates telling of precautions like hand washing, not eating on the field, showering, heat warning etc. At the very least ESD should provide the same information to families and students

    http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-nelson-demand-independent-federal-investigation-into-health-risks-from-childrens-playgrounds-and-artificial-turfs-made-with-crumb-rubber-from-scrap-tires

  5. I say band the rubber and make the people promoting this stuff prove its save, “they can’t” but they take the position its ok to use you got to prove its bad well thats been done look at all the young soccer players getting cancer . Somebody found a slick way to get rid of old tires, Why not take those tires and figure out how to make new tires. So the guy spreading out the stuff on the fields has a full respraitor on so he doesn’t get any of the stuff in him but its ok for the kids to play on it
    whats wrong with this picture

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