Edmonds School Board considers new names for former Woodway High School campus

Edmonds_School_DistrictThe former Woodway High School site could have a new name soon.

The Edmonds School District Board of Directors heard a report Tuesday from Executive Director of Business and Operations Stewart Mhyre on a recent task force meeting designed to come up with three suggestions for a name.

Those attending the meeting included staff, students, parents, Board Member April Nowak and community members.

A brainstorming session of attendees yielded a large list of different names that eventually was narrowed to three proposed names:

  • Woodway Heights Campus,
  • Edmonds Community School
  • Woodway Community Campus

There seemed to be a consensus of Board Members that keeping the name Woodway was important, especially given that it is the site of the old Woodway High School.

“It’s an important place,” said Board Member Ann McMurray. “It is important that it stay the Woodway name.”

Superintendent Nick Brossoit suggested a fourth alternative – Woodway Campus – that he felt was shorter and simpler.

Edmonds Heights — which serves home-schooled students district-wide — shares the site with Scriber Lake High School and several other district programs.

The Board likely will make a recommendation on the name at its Aug. 11 meeting.

In other reports:

– The Board listened to a first reading of the 2015-16 budget from Mhyre. With the state budget finalized, Mhyre and his staff now will be able to plug in numbers into the district’s budget.

The district may need to adjust staffing levels for K-3 classrooms, depending on how the final legislation regarding staffing levels is interpreted. There is a chance the district will need to add staff to satisfy student/teacher ratios or move staff around.

Mhyre noted that enrollment drives revenue for the district. In looking at the annual average FTE enrollment history, the district reached its highest enrollment in 1970-71 with 28,076 students and then suffered a significant decline that bottomed out in 1985-86 with 16,117 students. Since then enrollment has gradually increased and is projected to increase from 19,369 in 2014-15 to 19,754 in 2015-16. But most of that increase can be attributed to additional full-day kindergarten with a number of schools doubling their kindergarten enrollment. If kindergarten enrollment is taken out, student enrollment has been flat the last few years.

The district receives 67.7 percent of its revenues from the state with 22.2 percent coming from the local maintenance and operations levy and 6.6 percent from the federal government. Teaching was 61.2 percent of the expenditures with support activities 13.8 percent and teaching support 13.3 percent. Salaries and benefits accounted for 83.1 percent of expenditures with contract services at 10.2 percent and supplies and materials at 6.5 percent.

The second reading of the budget will be at the Aug. 11 meeting.

– Mountlake Terrace High School teacher Vince DeMiero and former Hawkeye editor Nick Fiorillo provided a review of some of the successes of the Hawkeye student newspaper. At a national convention in Washington, D.C. the Hawkeye took sixth place in special edition newspaper, was second in website and six staff members earned recognition. Two stories were honorable mention for story of the year.

At the Washington State Convention, five staff members were honored for their individual work. DeMiero noted that two students from Brier Terrace Middle School also earned awards. Fiorillo was named state journalist of the year, the second time a journalist from the Hawkeye earned the award.

Fiorillo was one of six national runner-ups for national journalist of the year at a convention in Denver. Mountlake Terrace High School was recognized with the First Amendment Press Freedom award, one of six schools in the country to receive the award. DeMiero told the board that school board policy and support from the administration were among the criteria. The Hawkeye’s website took fifth and 12 staff members received awards in the nation write off competition.

Fiorillo was one of 50 students, one from each state, selected to attend the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program last summer. The Hawkeye has sent the last four students from the state, including this summer.

– The district will be updating and changing some of its Community Use Facility Fees. Every two years the Facilities and Operations department does a rate comparison with neighboring districts to evaluate community use of facilities fees. Rates are generally adjusted to near the midpoint. Fee increased are tied to covering the district’s costs.

– The district will be updating its logo and branding. The Board saw three different proposed new logos from Lynn Brofsky Design. A decision on the new logo likely will be made by the Board at its Aug. 11 meeting.

– The Board unanimously approved the Project and Preliminary Budget Authorization for the Replacement of Madrona K-8 School. The District plans to begin initial planning with school community in the fall of 2015.

– By David Pan

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