NSD LATER START TIMES
At the board meeting on Jan. 27, the School Board voted to implement a high school start time no later than 8 a.m. by 2017. After nearly a decade of advocating on this issue PALS is thankful that we finally have a positive vote! However, we could have healthier start times sooner. The survey sent in the fall clearly showed overwhelming community support for a later high school start time. There are options available right now for later starts, which with a bit of modification can be implemented for the 2015/2016 school year, at reasonable cost — transportation is now fully funded by the state — with no disruption to current programs. Please come and support later starts for your teenagers. There is a study session and board meeting on Feb. 10 starting at 2 p.m. to discuss these options.
WOODINVILLE HERITAGE SOCIETY
Dear Ms. Boundy-Sanders,
The nine elected board members of the Woodinville Heritage Society (WHS) see the need to address your Dec. 15 letter to the editor of the Woodinville Weekly.
Your letter noted WHS as one of a list of agencies and organizations that you say are not run for the benefit of the community. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Since you are not a member of WHS, nor do we believe you have ever visited the Woodinville Heritage Museum, you may not be aware of the work of WHS.
We are a 501(c3) non-profit organization supported by public grants and community donations. We have no paid staff, only numerous community volunteers.
The stated vision of the Woodinville Heritage Society is that “We will be viewed as an essential partner in the fabric of our community.” This year, the Woodinville Heritage Society is celebrating its 40th year (1975-2015) as part of the greater Woodinville community.
The Woodinville Heritage Museum is open to the public more than 20 scheduled Sundays each year plus special openings by appointment. We are proud of our current exhibits on Gold Creek Park of the 1960s, Hollywood Farm (present-day Chateau Ste. Michelle) of 1912-30 and a panorama of Woodinville general stores from 1890s to the 1970s.
Our regular programs are free to the public and include speakers, events and open houses. We partner with the Northshore Schools Foundation to offer elementary school field trips and have created posters illustrating the heritage of Woodinville that are being distributed to classrooms in our community. As a recipient of several King County 4Culture grants over the years, we are currently engaged in digitally scanning the historic newspapers of the community from 1903-1970.
We recently partnered with Metro Transit to install historic photos at the Woodinville Park ‘n Ride shelters. Later this year, we will publish a wide-ranging photo history of Woodinville through Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series.
Ms. Boundy-Sanders, we believe you should apologize to members and volunteers of the Woodinville Heritage Society for your “assessment” of their contributions to and for the Woodinville community.
Woodinville Heritage Society Board of Directors