School Briefs

Jan 24, 2018


Voters in the Mukilteo School District will consider two proposals when ballots are mailed this week. Completed ballots will be due by Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Voters will consider the approval of a replacement of educational programs levy and a technology capital projects levy. In the last issue of School District News, we provided you with background about what those two ballot measures propose.

Here are a few facts about what the two measures will mean to your property taxes:

  • When voters approve a levy, they give the school district permission to collect a set amount of money from property taxes for a set number of years. If approved, the educational programs levy can collect no more than $31.6 million in 2019, $36.4 million in 2020, $41.8 million in 2021 and $48.1 million in 2022. The technology levy would collect $5.5 million a year in each of those four years.
  • In 2017, the total tax rate for all school district collections was $3.74 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. For a home valued at $400,000, that would be a total of $1,388 a year, or $115.67 a month.
  • If both measures are approved, the total tax rate for school district taxes in 2019 would be $2.52 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. For a home valued at $400,000, that would be a total of $1,008, or $84 a month.

A Fact Sheet about the levy proposal will soon be mailed to all residents in the Mukilteo School District and is also available online.


Five Mukilteo teachers are among the 1,434 in Washington to earn National Board certification this year.

There are now 108 National Board teachers in the school district.

Congratulations to Jennifer Pontius, Janella Riegel and Brad Tonahill at Mariner High School, Misty Brewder at Odyssey Elementary and Tarry Wollen at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center.

In addition, seven teachers are among 533 in the state to renew their certification this year. Congratulations to Charles Tessaro at Challenger Elementary, Jennifer Amburg at Harbour Pointe Middle School, Rosalyn Baxter at Lake Stickney Elementary, and Catherine Jeffcoat, Rhonda Marquardt, Angela Smith and Sandie Vea at Mariner. Washington continues to be a leader for National Board certification and ranks first this year for new certifications and third in the nation for having a total of 10,135 National Board certified teachers.


To three Kamiak seniors who have earned congressional nominations to apply for United States military academies in recognition of their leadership, athleticism and academic excellence.

Anthony Armad has been accepted to attend the United States Naval Academy, Alessandra de la Cruz was invited to apply at the Naval Academy and the US Air Force Academy and Peter Kim was invited to apply at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and West Point.

Kim also received the principal nomination for West Point, which means he is already accepted.


Sophomores who are interested in learning about the history of NASA and space are invited to participate in the Western Aerospace Scholars sophomore program, a free online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school sophomores and juniors interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course that focuses on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in earth and space science.

Students who complete the online curriculum are invited to participate in a three-day summer event where they will have the opportunity to meet STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

They also will be given automatic admission into the WAS Junior program. Students must have Internet access.

The deadline for students to apply is Friday, Feb. 16.

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