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Special election ballots arrive this week Watch your mailbox this week for your ballot for the Feb. 11 Special Election. The ballot includes two measures regarding Mercer Island School District; a $98.8 million bond to expand and remodel school facilities and a $14 to $17 million Maintenance and Operations levy.
City Councilmember is interim 41st State Rep. By Celina Kareiva
Second meeting on Coval development, next Wednesday The Mercer Island Planning Commission is holding an additional meeting at 7 p.m., Jan. 29 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall on a proposal to build 18 homes on a 5.1 acre lot. at 3051 84th Avenue S.E., known as the Coval property. The additional meeting is to allow more comments by the community on the project. For more, go to http://www. mercergov.org/Agendas. asp?AMID=2226.
Kindergarten information session The Mercer Island School District is holding an information session for parents of all incoming 2014-2015 kindergarteners, at 7 p.m., Jan 27, at West Mercer Elementary School. School district administrators will discuss programs and distribute registration forms. For more, go to www.mercerislandschools.org.
Girls basketball tonight at MIHS The Mercer Island High School girls basketball team takes on Mt. Si at 7:30 tonight, at home.
Jennifer Buchanan / The Everett Herald
Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse hauls in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson during the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19.
Plans to upgrade schools took years Deliberate planning process involved consultants, community By Mary L. Grady
For nearly seven years now, Mercer Island School District leaders have painstakingly looked at ways to meet the educational needs of Island students in a rapidly changing world. In 2007, the Mercer Island School Board of Directors began a public process “to make informed decisions on what is in the best interest of our community and schools.” Understanding that there were cultural, technological and eco-
ings, reviews and workshops. It included parsing what an ideal learning environment might look like to the addition of new state of the art science labs to spaces that could encourage personalized learning. Later called the district’s ‘2020 Vision,’ the final mission nomic changes ahead, the School statement for Island public schools Board sought to construct a new is, that it will strive to “successfully mission statement. The effort preparing students for the cogniwas first named, the ‘Really Big tive, global and digital world.” Yet that was just the first part Idea Committee.’ District leaders of looking ahead. brought togethTwo other competer consultants, ing goals tempered teachers, parents, the effort. the community The next step was to discuss what to evaluate what an Island-based needed to be done K-12 education with the existing needed to deliver buildings. Mercer Island School District school in the coming enrollment data Beginning in 2008, years. The prothe district initiated cess sought to the state-required evaluate the efficacy of the district’s current poli- study and survey looking at the cies, describe new objectives and existing school buildings. The define the educational goals the study and survey is an analysis community had for their children. of the school district’s facilities’ The effort led to many meetSchools | Page 9
‘Enrollment grew by more than 11 percent in six years.’
On Rep. Tana Senn’s first day in the Legislature the House swiftly passed the Dream Act. It would later stall in the Senate, but the feeling was exhilarating for the 42-year-old mom, consultant and Mercer Island City Councilmember. “I was so proud to be able to vote for that,” she exclaimed, after wrapping her first week in the Legislature, last Friday. Senn was chosen over David Ellis and former vice president of the Greater Seattle Business Association, George Pieper, to replace Marcie Maxwell of the 41st District, when she joined
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