WHAT IS THE SCHOOL BOARD?
The Mukilteo School Board establishes policy for the school district, adopts the annual operating budgets, hires the superintendent, employs school personnel as recommended by the superintendent, and exercises other powers that are established by Washington state law. The school board consists of five citizens who reside within the school district area and who are elected by voters to serve four-year terms in office.
BOARD MEETINGS AND MINUTES
The Mukilteo School Board will typically hold two meetings each month throughout the year, with a few exceptions during holidays and breaks. Once each month, the meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. with an informal dialogue session at a school site. Most regular business meetings are held at the District Administration Center, 9401 Sharon Drive in south Everett, beginning at 6 p.m. during the school year and at 4:30 p.m. during the summer. The times and locations of all board meetings are posted on the school district’s website and are included on the wall calendar provided to families each school year.
The agenda of each general meeting and the related background material provided to board members is posted on the Board of Education website Tuesday afternoon the week before each meeting. The regular meeting agenda also can be requested by calling the superintendent’s office at 425-356-1220. Minutes of past meetings are posted on the district’s website after they have been approved by the board.
SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES
The money used to educate students in Mukilteo School District comes from three primary sources: the state of Washington, the federal government, and local property taxes.
The school district receives more than two-thirds of its operating revenue from the state, which appropriates money to school districts to fund basic education and certain categorical programs. The state money is allocated generally based on enrollment or the number of students served by special programs.
The federal government provides some funding for activities such as special education, programs for disadvantaged students, programs for students who are learning English, and school lunches and breakfasts for low-income students.
A voter-approved Educational Programs Levy pays for programs and activities that are not funded by the state. Among the items funded by this levy are extended-day lessons for students such as summer school, sports and extra-curricular activities, the elementary instrumental music program, new curriculum, substitute teacher pay and staff training. A local property tax levy approved by voters in February 2018 allows the district to collect levy funds for this purpose until December 31, 2022.
Voters also approved a Technology Capital Projects Levy in February 2018 that collects $5.5 million a year through 2022 to modernize technology systems in the school district. A Capital Projects Levy that was approved by voters in February 2016 will collect a total of $20 million through 2022 to maintain, modernize, and renovate school buildings.
Large construction projects are typically funded through the sale of construction bonds, which must be approved by a super majority of voters. A $240 million capital bond proposal approved by voters in February 2020 will pay for a number of facility improvements. Find project descriptions and updates on the Capital Projects website.
Mukilteo School District grants the public access to information concerning the administration and operations of the district, as provided by the state’s Public Disclosure Law. Local practice is outlined in the procedure for Board Policy 4340, which is available on the school district’s website. For more information, call 425-356-1220.
We try hard to satisfy everybody, but there may be a time when you are not happy with a decision or the way something was done. If you find yourself in such a situation, we ask that you first take your concern to the person closest to the problem. If you have a concern about something that took place in your child’s classroom, for example, discuss the problem with the teacher first. You should not take your complaint directly to the Mukilteo School Board.
As a policy, the Board will not hear comments directed against students or employees of the school district, including those made through inference or implication, while it is in open public session.