REPORT BEAR SIGHTINGS
We have developed a website inviting Woodinville area residents to post photos or blog about recent bear sightings. Over the past three days we have personally seen bears in our pasture within 50 feet of our house, and thought others must also be seeing bears in their vicinity.
We have chosen to live in this community surrounded by nature, appreciating the diversity of wildlife in our yard. Even in our fenced pasture just below the house, deer, coyotes and bobcats are common sights. But the past couple of years, bears have been increasingly daring in daylight hours and were raiding garbage cans and destroying fruit trees at night. While we enjoy seeing them at a safe distance, we are concerned that they are so brazen, even before the first signs of fruit on our property.
It seems prudent to share as much information as possible to heighten awareness, as kids are out of school and we are all outdoors more. Besides warning our immediate neighbors we thought a community-wide blog might help parents plan their outings. For example our sightings occurred at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and a hundred different sightings could show a pattern.
Please check out our website at bearsightingin woodinville98077.wordpress.com.
Max Sahafi and Cris Darlington
FIRE DISTRICT 7
Snohomish County Fire District 7 received some great news that we want to share. Our cardiac survival rates are twice that of the national average and 21 points higher than the state. We want to thank taxpayers in Fire District 7 and the City of Mill Creek for helping us build the most advanced emergency response system in Snohomish County.
Fire District 7 and the City of Mill Creek formed a regional partnership 32 years ago to save taxpayers money and improve our emergency response for fire and EMS. These recent statistics on our cardiac save rates are just one example of how this partnership continues to benefit everyone we serve.
The contract we have with Mill Creek funds the city fire station, 20 firefighters, an engine and a paramedic unit. Mill Creek voters approved funding for these improvements, and Fire District 7 is committed to maintaining them because it improves our district-wide emergency response.
On behalf of all of us at Fire District 7, we would like to say thank you for your continued support of this partnership. We are stronger together.
Roy Waugh, Chair
Board of Fire Commissioners
Snohomish County Fire District 7
I read with interest K-Y Su’s letter about the State budget. Much of what K-Y said is correct and much is not correct! Under the McCleary decision education in the state needs to be funded in a sustainable fashion. The senate budget does not do that; it relies on recent unexpected tax revenues that are not sustainable in the future. By the next biennium we will again be four billion dollars behind. Senator Hill’s plan to sell cannabis to fund education is also not sustainable.
I have been an educator in Washington for 40 years so I know the system, and I am not a Republican or a Democrat. We are 47th in class size among the states and our beginning teachers are some of the lowest paid. If you want excellent teachers you need to give them a good salary!
Representatives Goodman and Springer are doing their job by trying to provide a sustainable tax revenue for education now and in the future with no gimmicks. Senator Hill and the Republican-controlled Senate need to be realistic and work to provide sustainability in our education system and not hold our children hostage so they can give big tax breaks to large corporations.
After having met with the candidates for Northshore School Board and determining their position on the issue of later start times, the endorsement committee representing Parent Advocates for a Late Start (PALS) is endorsing Berta Phillips, candidate for Northshore School Board - Position 3.
Berta Phillips has long been an outspoken advocate for the students of Northshore School District, and has been a supporter of PALS since its inception many years ago. Berta has been involved with the Northshore Community for over 50 years, much of that time working with staff and students of the Northshore School District. Berta believes in doing what is best for all students. We believe Berta Phillips is the best choice for Northshore School Board.
Paraeducators are trained professionals who meet Washington state’s recommended core competencies in accordance with RCW 28A.415.310. They assist certified staff in providing instructional and other services to students and their families. Paraeducators are a valuable asset to our students, and our school community. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Northshore’s paraeducators are on the lowest tier of the Northshore Education Support Professionals Association (NESPA) pay scale. According to a study conducted by the Compensation Technical Working Group, the average Northshore paraeducator’s salary is approximately $6 an hour below the recommended wage.
In addition to being underpaid, many of our paraeducators are kept to a part-time status, and do not receive benefits. Our paraeducators work hard, but often struggle to feed their own families. It is not uncommon to hear of paraeducators who are on food stamps, and whose children receive free and reduced lunches.
I believe that we can do better. Celebrating “classified employee week” each year, with its parties and lunches, is a nice gesture, but it doesn’t address the problem. Our paraeducators deserve to be properly compensated for the important work they perform. They deserve to be afforded the work hours necessary to qualify for the same benefits other Northshore employees receive.
It is time the school district treats our paraeducators with dignity and respect. For too long they have been viewed as “just moms who want to keep busy while their kids are in school.” These men and women are dedicated professionals working to make a difference in the lives of our children. All they ask is the right to earn enough to provide for their own families in the process. I don’t think that is too much to ask.
Candidate for Northshore School Board
DIRT ON HOLLYWOOD HILL
I am in complete agreement with Mr. Phillips’ assessment of the dirt on the hill. It has been an eyesore for over two years.
Not just the dirt, but the trucks kicking up rocks that hit windshields, roughing up the road and clogging traffic!
When will this end?!
As we prepare for graduation with our seniors, one message we continually share with them is the Commencement Ceremony is really a chance for them as graduates to honor all of those who helped them reach this milestone in their lives. So many of you in this great Woodinville community, whether realizing it or not, made a positive impact on the 461 Class of 2015 graduates who now call Woodinville High School their alma mater. On behalf of each of them, and all of us here at WHS who are so proud of these graduates, thank you for partnering with us throughout their journey to graduation.
Special thanks are also owed to our business partners, staff, and volunteers for their contributions to the successful celebration of the Class of 2015: Flower World, Plants Northwest, Inc. and Hoffman’s Landscape for their help with stage décor; Flowers By George for student flowers and for donating the podium arrangement; Jostens for caps, gowns, and graduation materials; Ray Grice for the hours spent preparing our 2015 Stage Prop; Xfinity Arena for their hospitality; the Woodinville Police Department for their extra watchfulness over our community to ensure that everyone was safe; and our dedicated faculty, staff, and volunteers for the numerous contributions of time and energy whenever and wherever efforts were needed.
Our motto at Woodinville High School is “One Falcon, One Family” and we truly believe that our family extends into the Woodinville community. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be working with you to help shape our future generations. Congratulations again, graduates, parents, guardians and supporters of the Class of 2015!
Kurt S. Criscione
Principal, Woodinville High School