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Evergreen Public Schools breaks ground on its 22nd elementary school - 05/08/19

The 2018 Capital Facilities Bond measure passed by Evergreen Public School voters is helping the district get rid of a dubious distinction-one of the highest percentage of classes held in portable classrooms. With the May 18th groundbreaking of Evergreen’s 22nd elementary school near the corner of NE 162nd Avenue and NE 39th Street, not only will over 500 students have a portable-free school, other adjacent schools (Burnt Bridge Creek, Harmony and Pioneer) will also see fewer classes in portables.

The new school, which will be named through a student-led research project and recommendation to the Evergreen Board of Directors, will be one of six new or rebuilt elementary schools to use a new “prototypical” design template that combines natural light and an open learning environment with modern safety and security features. The new school building is slated to open in the Fall of 2020 along with the newly rebuilt Image and Sifton elementary schools.

At 10:00 a.m., the newly named principal, Darcy Mitchelson (who is currently the Burnt Bridge Creek principal), along with students slated to attend the new school, will help lead the Groundbreaking ceremony. This event open to the public, and will also have displays of the new school and site plan:

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Corner of NE 165th Ave & NE 43rd Street, next to the roundabout

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m.

For more information about progress of all projects included in the 2018 Facilities Bond: www.evergreenps.org/envision

Evergreen Public Schools appreciative of Legislature's educational budget efforts - 04/29/19

The Washington State Legislature adjourned late Sunday and appeared to provide some educational budget relief to Evergreen Public Schools.  This includes some language to change future local levy collections as well as a short-term, one-time fix.

“Thanks to our local legislators for positive support, and in particular, Senator Annette Cleveland, our budget shortfall will not be as large for the 2019-20 school year as originally predicted,” said Superintendent Mike Merlino. 

Senator Cleveland had championed a long-term regionalization “fix” to the McCleary funding. When that was not achieved, in the last hours of the session, she was able to secure a one-time allocation of $7 million each for Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts.

On a policy level, Evergreen is also appreciative of Representative Monica Stonier’s work on the passage of House Bill 1599 that will allow more students to graduate from high school.

“We will now wait for more specific information about how all of the legislative budget decisions will impact Evergreen –both short and long-term,” stated Merlino. “Again, thanks to Senator Cleveland’s work, we are spared from making deep cuts of up to $18 million next school year, and remain cautiously optimistic that a longer-term solution will ensure better sustainability.”

Evergreen will work with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Office of Fiscal Management (OFM) on the state funding changes, and will continue to refine its 2019-20 budget reductions ahead of the next round of Community Budget Forums scheduled for May 20 and 30.