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DEVELOPMENT | Hearing to take look at plans for big new project along East Link, Bel-Red Corridor [2]

Sports | Newcastle family’s years of work and a history in the forests creating a new path for FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 local trails [14]

Immigrant voices

Business | Woman’s second career as as greeting card designer gets national attention [8]

Bellevue gains $18M for schools BY KEEGAN PROSSER

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U.S., but somehow things clicked,” says Dugar. Though her son is young, Dugar says the move has maybe been most difficult for him.

The Bellevue School Board on Aug. 6 got its first look at how the district plans to spend an additional $18.1 million it will receive from the state. The money is part of the recent state budget that funneled more money into education. The state money will boost the district's 2013-14 expenditures to $216.3 million. The school board is expected to adopt the budget Aug. 27, following a public hearing. Highlights of the budget include: More than $1 million to support new instructional initiatives; $4.2 million more for employee salaries, including both increases for experience and from contract negotiations; and An additional $2.6 million for special education, including eight new certificated positions and $600,000 to respond to the Special Education study. The district also proposes putting $18 million – or 8.3 percent of General Fund expenditures – into reserves.The proposed budget also allocates an additional $332,000 for high needs schools, for a total of $3.4 million in 2013/2014, as well as 37 additional teachers and five administrators. An additional school resource officer will be restored for middle schools. Regarding money being spent directly on students, the district proposes: ■ 60.4 percent spent on teaching students; ■ 10.8 percent spent on supporting students (counselors, librarians, health services); ■ 5 percent spent on maintaining buildings and fields; ■ 4.3 percent spent on school leadership and offices;

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New lives start on the Eastside BY CELINA KAREIVA BELLEVUE REPORTER

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ellevue is increasingly heralded for its diversity. The most recent census data indicates that just over 30 percent of the population is foreign born, up from 13 percent in 1990. A growing number of people from Beijing, Chennai, Moscow and lesser known locales are calling the Eastside home, even if just for a short while. Below meet some of the faces behind the city’s changing social fabric.

JAYSHREE'S STORY

Jayshree Dugar recently returned from a four-month trip to India, for her two-year old son’s hair-cutting ceremony, a ritual performed usually before a boy’s third birthday. In the year she’s lived on the Eastside, maintaining her dual identities has been a careful dance. She can find certain ingredients from home at ethnic grocery stores, has met others who moved from India to the Eastside and says she’s finally gotten a grasp on the bus system. But some things are nonnegotiable. So when her husband suggested that rather than performing her son’s hair-cutting ceremony as tradition dictated, they send his locks to a relative back home to take to a temple, she resisted. “I said we need to go, we have to go. And we went back to India,” says Dugar. “The whole family went to Rajasthan, to a temple for the ceremony.” Dugar was born in India and for much of her youth called Nepal home. When she married her husband, she relocated to Hyderabad before again moving to the coastal city of Chennai. There, her husband began work for Microsoft. When an opportunity arose for him to relocate to the company’s Redmond

When Julia Chikulaeva moved to Bellevue with her husband--pictured here in Moscow--she knew no one except the pet dog the couple brought with them. COURTESY PHOTO headquarters, he seized it. The couple knew it would be difficult to live away from the family but thought life would be more comfortable stateside. “We didn’t have any plan to come to the

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