NSD hears from the City of Bothell Police Department

  • Written by David B. Clark

The Northshore School District met on Monday, October 8 for the first time this month.

Dr. Michelle Reid gave her superintendent report, noting that she has had several great visits to a number of schools in the district. Some schools in the district were getting geared up early for graduation. Many of the high school seniors were eager to learn some details concerning their graduations. Dr. Reid specified that each high school will have its own specified solid color gown separate from the others.
Next, representatives from the City of Bothell Police Department then provided a presentation on the Public Safety Proposition 1, a levy vote which will be voted on this November. As of October 10, 2018, there are 162 public safety professionals that are dedicated to serving the public through either their work with the police, the municipal court, or the emergency medical and fire teams. City of Bothell police explained the two public safety measures up for vote and what they mean regarding service levels and staffing, with the particulars on how it affects the Northshore School District.

Additionally, it is to note that the levy would make it so there were 27 new police officers, firefighters and other professional staff. There would also be nine new support vehicles included in the levy.

Captain Mike Johnson spoke on Proposition 1: Public Safety Levy Lid Lift which adds police officers, firefighters and services. Johnson spoke on the importance of mental health specifically in the Northshore School District. Johnson explained that this levy would make it so the school system would have, “long-term, sustainable funding for our [Bothell Police Department’s] Navigator program.” Johnson explained that as it stands, the program is grant funded and allows an embedded mental health professional for only 10 hours a week while passing the levy would make it so they could have the assistance of a mental health professional during ride-alongs for 30-40 hours a week. Johnson continued to stress the importance for mental health professionals, citing parents’ comments. He explained the necessity of having someone in the school district is essential before it reaches its own inadvertent ultimatum. When talking about students struggling with mental health issues, Johnson said, “Before we get to the point where we have one of two options: the school expels them and refers them to criminal charges or the school does nothing. That’s what we have right now… We need to get them into resources and services.” Johnson did specify that the School Resource Officer would become more of an expert in behavior health issues and be available throughout the district rather than allocated to a certain school.

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