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MEDIA ALERT - Special Othello Board Meeting Tonight (Photo) - 01/08/18

OTHELLO, WA - Othello community members will have the opportunity to bring their biggest questions and concerns regarding the District's proposed $61.4 million bond at a special school board meeting, taking place tonight, January 8 from 6-7 PM.

During tonight's meeting, Othello's five board members will field questions and clarify information regarding the bond initiative, which goes to voters on the February 13th special election. The bond proposes to increase local taxes by 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. If approved by voters, the bond will build two new schools (one K-5 and one 6-8), renovate and expand the existing high school, and build a new 1,500 seat auditorium. The bond seeks to address overcrowding issues throughout the district.

The special Othello board meeting begins at 6 PM tonight at Desert Oasis High School, located at 825 E Ash in Othello. For more information, contact Othello Communications Director, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Othello bond
Othello Sets Date for Special Board Meeting - 01/02/18

OTHELLO, WA -- On Monday, January 8, the Othello School District Board of Directors will be having a Special Board Meeting. The meeting will take place from 6-7 PM at Desert Oasis High School, located at 825 E Ash in Othello. Members of the community and area media are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to address community questions on their proposed February 13th bond.

Othello School District has a $61.4 million bond on the upcoming special election ballot, which proposes to increase local taxes by 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. If approved by voters, the bond will build two new schools (one K-5 and one 6-8), renovate and expand the existing high school, and build a new 1,500 seat auditorium. The bond seeks to address overcrowding issues throughout the district. (See attached flyer.)

During a recent Othello City Council meeting, Benjamin Schenck, a current student at McFarland Middle School, spoke to council members about the need to build new schools and address overcrowding in classes like his. The middle school's current enrollment places it at 132% of capacity.

"As I'm a student at McFarland, I have a perspective on the grounds of this school," Benjamin presented. "In the morning, we do not have enough tables for students to sit, so they crowd the outside perimeters. There's hardly enough walking space [and] hallways are also very crowded."

Othello community members will have the opportunity to bring their biggest questions and concerns to the meeting, where the district's five board members will field questions and clarify information. The regularly scheduled Board meeting will begin immediately afterward at 7:00 PM at the same location.

For more information, contact Othello Communications Director, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Othello bond flyer
State Champions banner
State Champions banner
Othello Soccer Team Headed to 2018 Special Olympics (Photo) - 12/27/17

OTHELLO, WA -- The Othello High School Unified Soccer Team is headed to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle! Othello School District is honored to announce that the Division 1 State Champions have been selected to represent Washington State in the 2018 Olympics, with ten qualifying students ranging in age from 15-21 years.

Othello High School has been a leader in the Unified Sports Movement in Washington. Unified Sports is a combination of students with and without disabilities playing on the same team for competition. In 2013, the Special Olympics approached OHS about beginning Unified Sports, and Othello was eager to jump on board with starting unified basketball. Although it started small, the OHS Unified Sports program has grown to offer three different sports, including bowling, basketball, and soccer, with over 242 students participating to date.

Over the last four years of Othello's Unified Sports program, the biggest highlight came in winning the 2017 Division 1 Championship Game at the State Unified Soccer Competition. This competition is held in conjunction with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, and was led by Coach Kevin McDonald.

Othello Special Education Director, Heidi Wagner, says that the dedication, drive, and passion for sports by these young athletes is what has led to this momentous occasion.

"We are so excited for this opportunity for our athletes and students of Othello High School!" Wagner exclaimed. "A special 'Thank you' needs to go to Don Bullis, our Athletic Director, for supporting, scheduling, and training coaches. He has even been selected to represent us on a special Unified Sports Advisory Committee for Washington State."

The qualifying 2017 Othello State Champions are as follows: Josh Lembke, Dusty Carlson, Jennifer Medina, Natasha Montejano, Vincent Montejano, Giselle Monroy, Rilee Heist, Carlos Murillo, Christian Quiroz, and Hunter Sparks. These athletes will compete against teams from across the United States at the Seattle Olympic games in July 2018.

For more information, contact Heidi Wagner at 509.488.4682 or hwagner@othelloschools.org.

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