District to replace synthetic turf at Edmonds Stadium, Mountlake Terrace and Meadowdale high schools

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The Edmonds School District is moving ahead with plans to replace the synthetic turf at Edmonds Stadium, Mountlake Terrace High School and Meadowdale High School.

The School Board unanimously approved a preliminary budget of $300,000 for the replacement and authorized the District to hire DA Hogan for consultant services for the project.

District voters approved funding for these projects in the 2014 Capital Construction Bond last February.

Edmonds Stadium will see replacement of the turf, track resurfacing and new field lighting. Mountlake Terrace and Meadowdale will have their turf replaced and their tracks resurfaced.

All three projects are scheduled for the summer of 2015. The athletic department has raised scheduling concerns about taking all of the fields out of service at the same time. So construction of one or more of the fields may be delayed until the fall of 2015 or winter of 2016. This issue will be addressed during the design process.

DA Hogan has worked on several projects for the District, including Lynnwood High School and middle school field and field renovations.

The Board also unanimously approved Project and Preliminary Budget Authorization of $200,000 for the Roof Replacement at Cedar Way Elementary School. The school was identified for a roof replacement in the 2012 Capital Levy. The roof will be replaced on all buildings. The District will hire an architectural consulting firm to assess roof conditions and provide a preliminary cost estimate.

The District also received approval from the Board to hire Matthew W. Cockrell and Associates for an Environmental Insurance and Cost Recovery Matter related to the Maintenance and Transportation property on Alderwood Mall Blvd. The District has owned the property since the early 1960s. During the course of operations pneumatic pistons were used to elevate vehicles for maintenance. Though not known at the time, the pistons leaked a hazardous material contaminating the site. The District hired Restorical Research in 2013 to assist the District in preparing and undertaking insurance recovery action against insurers who may be liable for the cost of environmental investigation or remediation. Restorical Research recommended Matthew W. Cockrell and Associates to pursue a claim. Payment terms are a 15 percent contingency fee of recoveries.

The Board unanimously approved a Strategic Direction Plan, which the District has worked on with parents, students, partners and community members since the fall.

The Plan includes:

  • Effective Learning for All Students
  • Equity of Opportunity
  • P-3rd Grade Early Learning
  • Graduates Who Are Ready for Life

The Plan can be accessed here.

The Board also formally voted unanimously to eliminate the Senior Project as a graduation requirement. The state Legislature removed the senior/culminating project as a graduation requirement during its last legislative session, though it allowed local school boards to keep the requirement if they so desired. A District-wide survey found that 75 percent favored eliminating the requirement.

The District is looking at ways to incorporate some of the benefits of the senior project within other curriculum.

The Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Rotary Club of Lynnwood and the District, which waives facility use fee for its annual Rummage Sale at Meadowdale High School, in exchange for contributions to the District’s Early Learning Program and five elementary programs. The Club has a long history of providing grants to five elementary schools and supporting the Early Learning program.

Dates for high school commencement for the 2014-15 were approved.

They are:

  • Scriber Lake High School – June 10, 2015
  • Mountlake Terrace High School – June 11, 2015
  • Edmonds-Woodway High School – June 12, 2015
  • Meadowdale High School – June 13, 2015 (afternoon)
  • Lynnwood High School – June 13, 2015 (evening)

– By David Pan

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