Students sign beams for construction projects
Students at both Discovery Elementary and Olympic View Middle School recently had the opportunity to take part in an important milestone for the construction of facilities that were approved by voters in 2014 and are now taking place at their schools.
In both cases, students were asked to sign the final beam before it was hoisted into place to complete the main structure of the modernization projects.
At Discovery, work is well underway on a project that will add a new kitchen and multi-purpose room to the school. The project got underway last summer and is scheduled for completion by the time school starts next September.
The Olympic View project involves the modernization of the school’s gymnasium. When completed late next summer, the new facility will provide a new gym and auxiliary gym for the school, a cardio/weight room, locker rooms, and five classrooms, as well as a band room, choir room, rehearsal rooms, instrument and uniform storage, and a music library for the music program.
The main gym will include bleacher seating for 850 people.
The beam signing is a traditional ceremony that marks the completion of the framework of a new structure.
At Olympic View, students signed the final beam during a lunch period last week. The ceremony at Discovery took place last month, when the school’s current 5th graders signed the final beam.
Governor releases proposed state budget
Governor Jay Inslee has released the portion of his state budget proposal that is related to education funding. It was the first in a series of announcements he is making to satisfy a state law that requires the governor to submit a budget proposal by Dec. 20.
The governor’s education funding plan would earmark $2.7 billion to pay for the salaries of school staff members, another $381 million for student support programs, and $212 million to recruit, train and retain school employees.
The governor also announced a state revenue package for the 2017-19 biennium that includes a total of nearly $4.4 billion from a new excise tax on capital gains, a new carbon tax on carbon emissions, and an increase in the B&O tax rate.
From the perspective of schools, two issues will dominate the legislature during its 2017 session: the obligation to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling and the need to address a situation that school districts have called the “Levy Cliff.”
Skills Center instructor a state finalist
Congratulations to Richie del Puerto, the automotive technology instructor at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center, who was selected as one of five state finalists to represent Washington in the 2016-17 Solve for Tomorrow contest.
The contest, which is sponsored by Samsung, asks teachers to submit a lesson plan that shows how STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) can be applied to help the local community.
As a state finalist, del Puerto will now complete a brief activity plan that will serve as an outline for his project.