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Edmonds: Program for dropouts to endThe Edmonds School District will end its relationship with a dropout-recovery company at the end of this school year.
School leaders had penned a one-year agreement with The American Academy for its NoDropouts program (now called Graduation Alliance), which hires mentors to locate and invite dropouts back to school, including its own online courses.
At a school board meeting in December, Patrick Murphy told directors that achievement and graduation results had been negligible.
The district instead will dedicate more time and resources to existing online learning programs, the alternative Scriber Lake High School, the EdCAP program (a diploma program offered through Edmonds Community Colllege) and other alternative secondary programs.
Sultan continues to use Graduation Alliance and describes it as a good option for students. Northshore also uses the program, which helped three teens graduate this month.
Granite Falls: School District interviews fiveThe Granite Falls School District is conducting interviews with five candidates for the open No. 3 board position. The position was held by Siobhan Sullivan until she resigned last June.
The interviews will take place during a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the school district, 205 N. Alder Ave.
Lake Stevens: Tow Mater sells for $62,000Lake Stevens’ Tow Mater was sold at an auction in Arizona last week.
Jack Walkley, owner of Everett’s Cobra Construction, got $62,000 for his life-sized replica of the instantly loveable, buck-toothed tow truck from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars.”
Barrett-Jackson, the collector car auction company that sold the Batmobile for $4.6 million, put Mater up for bid last Friday.
Walkley has used Mater’s cartoonish charisma to raise more than $760,000 for charity since completing the rubber-and-rust reproduction in March 2010.
He assembled it from a 1955 Chevy 1 1/2 ton farm truck found in Wyoming, a 1964 Mack cab from Montana, a 1955 Holmes wrecker out of Arizona and parts found across America.
More than 2 million people have visited Mater in his travels from Alaska to Texas and many places in between over the last four years.
“It’s been amazing to me something so simple can bring so much joy,” Walkley told the Herald earlier this month.
Mill Creek: Construction to cause lane closuresConstruction is underway on the 164th Street corridor project in Mill Creek and lane closures can be expected weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
During initial work, crews expect to close sections of sidewalk and ramps so they can demolish and rebuild the area. Crews will likely work from west to east, beginning in the business district near I-5.
The ramp and sidewalk work along the corridor is expected to last through the end of May but will be weather dependent. Business access points will remain open during the project.
Mill Creek is partnering with Snohomish County to repave 164th Street between I-5 and SR 527. Both agencies received a federal preservation grant to help fund this work.
Monroe: Nursery holds lunch and shopping eventGROW Washington is partnering with Pine Creek Nursery in Monroe for a day of food and shopping. A luncheon is scheduled at the nursery, located at 23225 Sofie Road, on Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists are expected to be selling their handcrafted items at the nursery until 4 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at any GROW Washington location or online at pinecreek nursery.com.
Mukilteo: School enrollment risingConsultant Les Kendrick told the Mukilteo School Board on Monday that enrollment will continue to rise, particularly at the early grades.
“We might quibble about how much and when, but it is going up,” he said at the school board meeting.
Kendrick, a consultant to the school district for more than 15 years, told the board that total enrollment will increase from about 14,900 students to about 16,000 students by 2020 and to 17,000 students five years after that. Elementary enrollment will increase by about 350 students in the next five years, he predicted, citing birth rates and new housing.
The district already has space constraints, particularly at the elementary level. Mukilteo School District voters will be asked to approve a $119.15 million bond measure to build a new elementary school, an early-learning kindergarten center and other projects.
From Herald staff reports

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