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A4 o:o The Arlington Times OPINION Wednesday, June 3, 2009 THE MARYSVILLE GLOBE THE ARLINGTON LETTERS o:o OPINIONS .* COLUMNS READINGS TIMES To iNFORM, EDUCATE, EDIFYj iLLUMINATE ,~ ENLIGHTEN TELEPHONE/FAx/EMAIL/WEBSITE THE MARYSVILLE GLOBE 360-659-1300 360-658-0350 FAX THE ARLINGTON TIMES 360-659-1 300 360-658-0350 FAX VoiceMail is available through the main telephone numbers HouRs: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. WEB SITES: SUBSCRIPTION RATES 1 year - $2995 2 years - $4500 Mailed or Delivery* * Limited zip codes apply. 20% of each subscription will be donated to our local school systems. EDA TEODORO 360-659-1300~T. 6050 eteodoro@ma~svi// m SUSAN BONASEP, A 360-659-1300~.3054 JOHN STUBS 360-659-1300~.3052 ~IANNYRABEL 360-659-1300EXT. 1550 ADVERTISING DEADLINES DBP,.AY: Fri. 10 a.m. for following Wed. CLASSIFIEDS DEADLINES Line Ads: Fri. 10 a.m. for Weds. Display Ads: FrL 10 a, rn. for Weds. Special Occasions: Thurs. 4 p.m. for Weds. 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Letters should be addressed to: Letters to the Editor The Marysville Globe PO Box 145 Marysville, WA 98270 or ~ Arlington Times PO Box 67 Arlington, WA 98223 or e-mail to OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE POSITION OF THE GLOBE OR TIMES PmUSHBI DEANNA EMBOBSKI ext. 105C demborski@marysvilleglobe, con Eonoa/ ScoTt FRANK ext. 5o50 sfrank@marysvilleglobe, cor, SARAH ARNEY ext. 5056 P, Bemms KIRK BOXLEITNEB ext. 5052 kboxleitner D~IELLE SZULCZEWSKI ext. 5054 dszulczewski @marysv#leglobe. com II~OrlSlMIlOU TERI LEMKE MANNYRABEL CNF.A~ RAY COLVIN FRAN HARTNETT Sm,~& SAIIfATION DAN CAMPBaL The Arlington Times and Marysville Globe are owned by Sound PuMishing, Inc., a Washington CorporetJon www.soundpub// PUBLISHING INC. HERE -! N0[ICI arysvl .es g GUEST EDITORIAL by Dr. Larry Nyland Superintendent Marysville School District Small schools come from a rich tradition in Marysville. Heritage High School, 10th Street Middle School, Marys- ville Cooperative Education Program and Marysville Mountain View High School were developed in Marysville almost 15 years ago. Six years ago, Arts and Technology High School was started, Marysville-Pilchuck High School got a grant to study smaller learning communities and the junior high and Heritage had received Gates grants to develop small learning com- munities. Marysville, with 3,500 high school students and one of the larg- est high schools in Washington went to "smaller learning communities" two years ago. The move to smaller schools came after extensive study of schools that work, and a desire to ensure that fewer students fell through the cracks. High school students in Marysville have a choice of eight smaller learn- ing communities: Academy of Con- struction and Engineering, Arts and Technology HS, Bio-Med Academy, Heritage HS, International School of Communication, Marysville Moun- tain View HS, Pathways of Choice, and School for the Entrepreneur. Our smaller learning communities, although only in year two, continue to develop the relationships the rel- evance, and the rigor called for in the board adopted "guiding principles for secondary success" outlined below: Relationships at the Center We want students to feel known, valued and inspired to perform at their highest potential. The goal is to have an adult advocate who encour- ages successful achievement for each student. The International School of Communications creates student S .ary ols S success teams of about a dozen each to make sure that each student is well known and connected. Bio-Med and A&T staffs regularly step in if students are not progressing. Students say: "ISC is like my family away from home. I couldn't imagine my life with- out them." -- ISC "Pathways is the most impor- tant ingredient in making the best of friends." -- POC "My teachers want to know each student. Before, I did not feel like my teachers had time to get to know me." SFE "There are fewer distractions. My teachers really understand and respect who you are." Heritage HS Relevant Identity, Purpose -- Each small learning community continues to fine tune course work, assignments, projects and internships around a distinct theme. Students choose small learning communities that reflect their learning interests. MMVHS recently toured the Port of Seattle to learn about import-export businesses. Bio-Med visited BioQuest to learn about infectious diseases. TV3 partners with major broadcast networks and now offers six hours of programming each day. A&T visited an Arlington firm that machines parts for Boeing. Students say: "Bio-Med classes teach you about the world you live in." -- Bio-Med "MMVHS will help you be successful in life." MMV "I like the fact that many of my classes look at assignments through a business lens." SFE Rigorous, Focused Learning We want to challenge each student to meet or exceed district/state stan- dards. Schools can gather the entire faculty around a table to develop programs that engage all students in daily learning. Pathways of Choice students beat out strong competition to take first place in the Hi-Q compe- tition. Bio-Med and the Academy of Construction and Engineering took mock trial teams to the state compe- tition. Students say: "ISC will give you the biggest brain strain, but it's worth it." ISC "I, have a great teacher; she opens the mind and teaches students to think." ACE "I know my teachers are doing their best to help me graduate. They really know me." A&T SLCs are still developing. They continue to hone and shape their pro- grams for students. One complaint about SLCs has been fewer elective choices for students. Student and staff feedback have prompted changes for next year (2009-10) that will provide more elective options: Jazz band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble (by audition) will be open to all 2,500 students on the M-P campus. Men's choir, women's choir and chamber choir (by audition) will be open to all 2,500 students on the M-P campus. All AP classes in the smaller SLCs will be open to all students in the SLCs that will go to Getchell. Arts and Technology High School, now in their sixth year, illustrates success as a smaller learning community... A&T recently took 2nd Place. out of 64 schools, in the state robotics com- petition and made an impression with Boeing. The A&T team was invited to a special ceremony commemorating the delivery of the 777th 777 to Air France. The students participated in the event along with Boeing execu- tives and executives from Air France. The A&T student video played contin- uously on the giant screen. Students were treated royally. And Boeing has expressed interest in supporting not only the Robotics Program, but also the A&T Manufacturing Program. The A&T robotics program is spon- sored by Boeing, BE Aeronautics, Verizon, ITT Tech, A&T PTA, and a grant from OSPI. Together they raised $14,000 to support this year's robotics team. Teacher Mike Fitzpatrick said, "The action of these students has opened the door to a long-term part- nership with the Future of Flight Center and their foundation. We are beginning a year-long investigation of energy positive schools to support our emerging STEM program at A&T." We believe that SLCs well done and well run will turn these guiding principles into reality: Every student proficient in lit- eracy and math. Every student from every ethnic group graduating on time. Every student prepared for col- lege, career, and citizenship. For more information about Small Learning Communities in Marys- ville's High Schools visit our district web site. The Board of Directors will hold a work study session on SLCs on June 8. iiiii:iiii!i + ii iiiiiiiiiiiiijiiiiiiiii!i!i!iliiii!iiiiii!i .... 3dress: ~ii!iiiii~i!i!ili!i!i~i!i~ Box 67 ton; WA 982~ State looking for creative ways to collect taxes GUEST EDITORIAL by Rep. Dan Kristiansen he state seems to always be look- for new and creative ways to sep- arate citizens from their hard-earned money. Last fall, horse boarding oper- ations nearly lost a long-time tax exemption. Since 1971, a rule has been on the books that centered on the definition of commer- cial agriculture purposes. The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 458-30-200 requires that an owner's land must be used for the feeding, breeding, managing and sell- ing of livestock to be eligible for a tax exemp- tion. Horse boarding operations across the state had been receiving this tax exemption since its inception nearly 38 years ago. Last fall, the state Department of Revenue interpreted the rule to mean that an owner must be engaged simultaneously in all four activities to be eligible for the tax exemp- tion. Not only was DOR looking into collect- ing future taxes from horse boarders for this now-closed exemption, it was also consider- ing the possibility of collecting tens of thou- sands of dollars in back taxes. I received an e-mail in November from an Arlington resident who wrote, "Destroy- ing the economic viability of horse farms will have a ripple effect throughout the agricul- tural community. The horse population in Washington is estimated at almost 250,000 horses, ranking our state 11th highest in the United States. A 2007 report prepared by the King County Office of Business Relations and Economic Development stated equine activities produced over 4,000 jobs and gen- erated over $227 million dollars in revenue in 2005." She made a good point. Imagine the devas- tation of back tax collections to horse board- ing operations struggling in this uncertain economy. When citizens began expressing concerns about this rule interpretation, several legisla- tors got involved. To its credit, DOR decided not to enforce collection of the fees. How- ever, legislative action was needed to prevent future collection of current and back taxes. As a result, I co-sponsored House Bill 1232. As originally written, the measure would have defined commercial agricultural purposes "to include current farming practices and activi- ties related to the raising, harvesting, feeding, breeding, managing, selling, care, or train- ing of a farm product." This also would have included other commercial livestock opera- tions, in addition to horse boarding. The bill received a hearing and passed the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. It was referred to the House Finance Committee where it died. Fortunately, a' second measure, not as broadly written, moved forward. House Bill 1733 extends property tax exemptions to equestrian activities only, and excuses oth- ers from back taxes who thought they were under the open space tax exemption. The measure was signed by the governor and becomes effective July 26. I commend those citizens who came for- ward and brought this issue to light. As a result, we were able to put the brakes on the back collection of what could have been a dev- astating tax bill. Other help provided this session to the agriculture industry includes: Senate Bill 5120 -- Reduces permitting fees on farm structures; Senate Bill 5583 -- Provides protection from relinquishment of groundwater rights; Senate Bill 5562 Provides the same protections as the state's "Right to Farm" laws for growing and harvesting of timber. If you have an issue involving state govern- ment or would like more information about these bills, contact my Olympia office at 360- 786-7967. State Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, represents the 39th Legislative District, and also serves as chairman of the Washington House Republican Caucus. He can be contacted at 360-786-7967or from his Web site at: www. houserepublicans,