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 that is provided to all parents at the beginning of the school year.
The agenda of each general meeting and the related background material provided to board members also is available on the Board of Education website. The information is posted on the 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.
The Mukilteo School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations including Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression of identity, ethnicity, national origin, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status, marital status, or the presence of sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This applies to all educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities. Further, the district recognizes the needs of persons with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The district complies with state and federal accessibility regulations to provide access for our students, staff, parents, and guests.
Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX officer and/or Section 504/ADA coordinators. The Title IX officer is Bruce Hobert (425-356-1319), the Section 504 coordinator is Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277) and the ADA/Access coordinator is Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330). Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Maggie Bagwell, Director (425-348-2220).
SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES
The money used to educate students in the 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 of Washington, 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, all sports and extra-curricular activities, the elementary instrumental music program, new curriculum, pay for substitute teachers, and staff training. A local property tax levy approved by voters in February 2018 will allow the Mukilteo School 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 $119.15 million construction bond proposal approved by voters in February 2014 paid for a number of facility improvements, including the construction of Lake Stickney Elementary and Pathfinder Kindergarten Center.
Greater detail about where the money comes from and how it gets spent is available within a Budget page on this website.
The Mukilteo School District affords the public full 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.