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Evergreen Public Schools announces administrative hires and changes for 2016-2017 school year - 06/13/16

The Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors recently approved the hiring, promotion and administrative job changes for the 2016-17 school year (effective July 1, 2016 in most cases).

Heather Fowler-iQ Academy and Legacy High School Principal (from iQ Academy Program Coordinator/Principal);

David Shoup -- Legacy Associate Principal (from Union High School teacher/Administrative Intern);

Griffin Peyton- Frontier Middle School Principal (from Frontier Middle School Associate Principal);

Ebony Kee-McKenzie -- Frontier Middle School Associate Principal (from Shahala Middle School counselor/Administrative Intern);

Heather Thiessen -- Pacific Middle School Principal (from Covington Middle School Principal);

Jamie Johnston -- Covington Middle School Associate Principal (from Union High School Dean of Students/Administrative Intern);

Jennifer Dowell- Mill Plain Elementary Principal (from Harmony/Sifton Associate Principal);

David Schaefer- Ellsworth Elementary Principal (from Ridgefield School District);

Scott Eppinger --Illahee and Marrion Elementary Associate Principal (from Endeavor Elementary Instructional Coach/Administrative Intern);

John Yelverton-Fisher's Landing and Harmony Elementary Associate Principal (from Endeavor Elementary teacher/Administrative Intern);

Jenae Gomes-Executive Director of Human Resources (from Executive Director of Human Resources, Kelso School District); and

Tracy Thompson-Director of Personnel (from Pacific Middle School Principal).

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.

Evergreen Public Schools to eliminate elementary school supply lists and most student fees - 06/10/16

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, students and families in Evergreen Public Schools won't be spending time and money assembling elementary school supplies, while middle and high school students will not have to pay most sports, performing arts and class fees. The School Board of Directors and Superintendent John Deeder took this action, which with the support of the locally-voted on levy dollars, will buy classroom sets of supplies and pay fees, to ensure equity in the district that has seen free and reduced lunch numbers climb from 34 to 47 percent over the last ten years.

The average elementary school supply lists costs families between $25-50 per student, while a high school student that plays one sport and participates in a performing arts program would pay about $100 per year. Other activities have similar fees that will be waived. Only consumable material fees will remain in place.

Students and families will still be responsible to provide a backpack, athletic shoes and other personal items, as well as some school supplies at the middle and high school levels. However, local partners, as well as the Evergreen School District Foundation, we will be available to help bridge the gap for students and families. In addition, as the district moves to 1:1 technology devices that students in grades six-12 will use 24/7, school supply needs will further be reduced.

"When budgets were tight over the past decade, we shifted funds to ensure we kept teachers in the classrooms and made cuts of over $25 million in other non-instructional areas. Now, as the economy has improved and with the support of our community, we are able to restore funds to schools that ensure students have all the tools and opportunities they need to be academically successful and positively connected to school without an additional cost," said Superintendent John Deeder.

These changes, are also being coupled with other resources and supports such as:

* the addition of four more Family and Community Resource Centers this fall, for a total of 14 centers at elementary schools,
* additional assistance for more than 1,000 students who have registered as "in transition," which means they lack stable and fixed housing,
* supplying free or reduced price meals to more than 12,000 students a day while not raising meal costs for other students, and
* adding no cost activities and tutoring options, along with afterschool activity buses for middle school students.

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.

Evergreen Public Schools finds elevated lead levels in water - 06/09/16

Evergreen Public Schools has received results from water testing indicating elevated levels of lead in the drinking water at Image Elementary (4400 NE 122nd Ave). The levels range from 20 to 50 parts per billion which exceeds the Washington state school rule of 20 parts per billion and/or the Federal limit of 15 parts per billion. The school, built in 1976, now has shut off all drinking fountains in the school, and will provide bottled water for the remainder of the school year which ends June 16.

The school district is in the process of testing drinking water at all schools in the district. The results from Image are part of the initial testing of 300 samples. A second round of more stringent testing is underway at Image to pinpoint exact levels as well as to determine whether the lead is in the plumbing fixtures or the water supply in the school.

As a precaution, since elevated levels of lead may be in pipes or fixtures that were installed prior to 2001, the district is also providing bottled water, to the following elementary schools built before that date: Burnt Bridge Creek, Burton, Ellsworth, Fircrest, Fisher's Landing, Harmony, Hearthwood, Illahee, Marrion, Mill Plain, Pioneer, Riverview, Sifton, Silver Star and Sunset.

In addition over the summer, a previously approved project of installing filtered water bottle filling stations, will be completed at all Evergreen Public Schools.

Established in 1945, Evergreen Public Schools (Evergreen School District 114) is the fifth largest school district in the state of Washington. The district is home to 37 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 27,000 students. With 3,200 employees, Evergreen Public Schools is the third largest employer in Southwest Washington.