WORLD REFUGEE DAY

World Refugee Day will be celebrated this Thursday, June 30 at the new White Center Library.

The event will take place from 6:15 – 8 p.m.

“Increase awareness of the challenges and aspirations of refugees and immigrants,” reads an announcement. “View resident paintings, hear stories, build community.”

WHEN: Thursday, June 30; 6:15 — 8 p.m.

WHERE: White Center Library, 1409 SW 107th Street

Here’s episode #57 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for June 24-27, 2016: Gunshot puts local campus into ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mode; new Police Chief for Normandy Park; Highline School Bond coming to Nov. ballot?; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on Sound Transit; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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By Jack Mayne

There will be a new Highline School District bond issue on the November ballot if the school board approves a proposal from the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.

The amount of the new bond is projected at $299 million. Previous bonds that did not pass were $376.0 million (2014) and $385 million (2013). This new measure will be officially decided at a Highline School Board meeting on July 20.

Why November?
In a news release on Thursday (June 23) the district said the general election in November was chosen because the presidential election should bring higher than average voter turnout, “so the vote will more accurately reflect the community’s desires.”

The district said sharing the ballot with other measures and candidate decisions would reduce the cost of the election the district will be assessed by King County Elections.

Another reason to go to voters this year is that construction costs are rising, so “the sooner construction begins the less expensive it will be.”

What would be done?
The district says the proposed school bond “prioritizes facilities in the worst condition and adds classrooms to address overcrowding and make room for class size reduction. It also includes dollars for initial design work on future new high schools at Evergreen and Tyee campuses.”

The money would also pay for security improvements at all schools.

But a major issue is to rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.

The money would permit building a “new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines students, with room for growing enrollment” and to build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.

The bond issue would also replenish the capital fund, ‘which will be depleted in 2017-18” which “covers critical needs and emergency repairs.”

Making “required improvements to Olympic” so it can be used to house students during Highline High School construction and future school construction projects.

The Capital Advisory Committee plan is in three phases of improvements over 15 to 18 years.

“Each phase would require a voter-approved bond to fund construction,” said the district news release.

The committee was comprised of Highline residents, staff, and students who spent the past year “intensely studying the question of how to address the need for new or renovated schools.”

The Highline School Board signaled its agreement with the committee’s recommendations at a Wednesday (June 22) meeting when it introduced a resolution to put a bond measure on the November ballot, which “recognizes the many hours of study and discussion by the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.

The group consists of “39 community members who met for 10 months to craft a long-range facilities plan and bond proposal.”

“On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank the committee members for their months of meetings and examining the needs of our schools. The result of their work is a bond package that truly reflects the will of the community,” said School Board President Michael Spear.

The last attempt to pass a bond issue was a February 2015 special election, which was approved by a simple majority of 57 percent – but it failed because it did not meet the required 60 percent of the vote.

BHHSOpenHouse958866_thumbWCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SUNDAY, June 26 – is an immaculate, 2-bedroom dollhouse with tons of great features!

The owner has left no room untouched – granite counters, stainless Samsung appliances, tile floors, farmer’s sink and skylights in the kitchen, remodeled bath with pedestal sink and dining area converted to office space.

Other features include a bay window, recessed lighting, cozy fireplace, wood wrapped windows, 200 amp service and pvc plumbing.

Outside is a deck with a sun room and a detached garage with a finished interior. It’s nice!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: This SUNDAY, June 26, from Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 13741 34th Ave S., Tukwila 98168 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $269,900
  • MLS Number: 957122
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1944
  • Approximate House SqFt: 790
  • Lot Square Footage: 7,459

Site Features:

  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Cabana/Gazebo
  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully

Marketing Remarks:

Come and see this immaculate dollhouse.

The owner has left no room untouched – here’s the list: granite counters, stainless Samsung appliances, tile floors, farmer’s sink and skylights in the kitchen, remodeled bath with pedestal sink and dining area converted to office space.

Other features include a bay window, recessed lighting, cozy fireplace, wood wrapped windows, 200 amp service and pvc plumbing.

Outside is a deck with a sun room and a detached garage with a finished interior.

It’s nice!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

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Join United Way of King County for the launch of their ‘Summer Food Invasion’ at Roxhill Park beginning Wednesday, June 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Summer Meals Program is kicking it off with an epic celebration at 9200 29th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98126.

FREE lunch and a snack will be provided to every child under the age of 18, as well as FREE fun and games, like a radio station dance party, galaxy bowling, a moon bounce, and much more.

Over the age of 18? Parent resources will be available, too!

Join us then, and keep coming back this summer to any of our meal sites throughout King County!

To find more information about where your nearest Summer Meals site is, visit https://www.uwkc.org/foodinvasion/ or call 1-888-436-6392.

Here’s episode #56 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for June 17-20, 2016: Inquest opened into police shooting of Burien man; fundraiser for crash victims raises ~$10,000; local beaches closed to shellfish harvesting; special guest does Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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Thirty-nine Highline parents, students, and community members spent the last 10 months studying and deliberating about the need to improve or replace schools in Highline, and this week they recommended a bond to fund new school construction.

Co-chairs Rose Clark, a former Burien city council member, and Danielle Houle, a SeaTac resident, presented the group’s recommendations to the school board on Wednesday evening, June 15. Many members of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) attended the board work session.

CFAC’s plan lays out three phases of improvements over 15-18 years. Each phase would require a voter-approved bond to fund construction.

The committee identified four top-priority problems to be solved in Phase 1:

  • Elementary capacity – With growing enrollment and state funding for smaller class sizes, more elementary classrooms are needed.
  • Middle school capacity – Current middle schools do not have room to accommodate growing enrollment and the addition of sixth grade.
  • Des Moines Elementary – This 90-year-old school is ranked as the Highline school in worst condition in an independent survey by architects.
  • Highline High School – HHS is ranked in second worst condition in the same survey.

CFAC recommends the following projects in Phase 1:

  • Security improvements at all schools in the district.
  • Rebuild Highline High School, preserving as much of the façade as structurally and financially feasible.
  • Begin design of new Evergreen and Tyee campuses.
  • Build new school on the district-owned Zenith site to house Des Moines students, with room for growing enrollment.
  • Build a new middle school on the district-owned Glacier site.
  • Replenish the capital fund, which will be depleted in 2017-18. This fund covers critical needs and emergency repairs.
  • Make required improvements to Olympic so it can be used to house students during HHS construction and future school construction projects.

The recommendations are the result of a year-long process that included analyzing enrollment projections, reviewing building conditions and financial data, and touring aging schools.

“This was a community-driven process,” said Co-Chair Houle. “District staff provided the information we asked for, and the community members based their decisions on data.”

The CFAC co-chairs praised committee members for dedicating many hours to understanding the issues and developing solutions.

“I been involved in many committees over my long years working for this community, and this is the best one I have ever experienced,” said Co-chair Clark. “The process we followed should be a model for problem-solving in the future.”

The school board is reviewing the CFAC recommendations and will make the final decision on whether and when to place a bond on the ballot.

The committee is composed of 40 members.

Appointed Members:

  • Maria Santiago – Highline Council PTSA Representative
  • Vanissa Guiberson – Highline Special Needs PTA Representative
  • Chuck Tuman – Highline Citizens for Schools Representative
  • Sue McCabe – Highline Education Association (HEA) Representative
  • Kyle Linman – Principal’s Association Representative
  • Dale Nuce – Teamsters Representative
  • Sophie Rock – Student Representative – Mount Rainier High School
  • Jose Bermudez – Student Representative – Highline High School
  • Keller Galo-Mejia – Student Representative -Tyee Campus
  • Larissa Merlo-Huerto – Student Representative – Evergreen Campus
  • Susan West – City of Normandy Park Representative
  • Jeff Robinson – City of SeaTac Representative
  • Michelle Wills – City of Des Moines Representative
  • Dan Trimble – City of Burien Representative
  • Lois Schipper – King County Council Representative

At-Large Members (selected by lottery):

  • Laura Castronover
  • Rose Clark
  • Joseph Clegg
  • Linda Cook
  • Barbara Daligcon
  • Jim Daligcon
  • Aaron Easter
  • Aaron Garcia
  • Michel Hansmire
  • Chad Harper
  • Jennifer Hefford-Anderson
  • Danielle Houle
  • Andrea Ivy
  • Nicole Jolley
  • Elizabeth Leavitt
  • Joey Martinez
  • Karla Ohrt
  • Jen Pilgrim
  • David Polda
  • Kathy Reed
  • Susan Rombauer
  • Nora Vivarelli
  • Tony Vo
  • Tonita Webb

In addition to forty community members, district staff members will also be in attendance of the meetings. They will be supported by other educational and operational staff, professional consultants, and other experts as appropriate to provide a comprehensive understanding of the District’s current fiscal, physical and educational conditions.

Staff Members:  

  • Dr. Susan Enfield – Superintendent
  • Duggan Harman – Chief of Staff & Finance
  • Scott Logan – Chief Operations Officer
  • Catherine Carbone Rogers – Chief Communications Officer
  • Scott Hodgins – Executive Director of Capital Projects

Here’s a video overview of the committee:

Review CFAC’s presentation and listen to a complete audio recording of the June 14 presentation by visiting the CFAC web section (highlineschools.org/CFAC).

BHHSOpenHouse958866_thumbWCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday and Sunday – is a 3-bedroom Rambler in the Manhattan neighborhood of Burien.

This home would make an excellent Father’s Day gift as well, since it comes with Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove in Normandy Park!

This 1,280 square foot home features a wood burning fireplace, dining area separate from kitchen, and an additional room adjacent to utility room.

Fully fenced yard in back with patio, shed, garden area, and fruit trees on a 8,418 sq ft lot.

Bonus features include newer roof and port package.

Home has been well cared for, come see this one today!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Both Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 18414 Occidental Ave S., Burien 98148 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $319,950
  • MLS Number: 958866
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1954
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,280
  • Lot Square Footage: 8,418

Site Features:

  • Fireplace
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fruit Trees
  • Garden Space
  • Terraces
  • Shed

Marketing Remarks:

Highly sought after 3 bedroom rambler in Manhattan neighborhood of Burien with Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove in Normandy Park.

This 1,280 sq ft home features a wood burning fireplace, dining area separate from kitchen, and an additional room adjacent to utility room.

Fully fenced yard in back with patio, shed, garden area, and fruit trees on a 8,418 sq ft lot.

Bonus features include newer roof and port package.

Home has been well cared for, come see this one today!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing, or take a virtual tour here.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 12

On Sunday night the Highline Bears played the South Sound Sox. Coach Rich gave each pitcher one inning and it became a contest for the lowest pitch count. Fourteen pitches was the count to beat for most of the game. In the third inning, the Bears ran into trouble and the Sox scored their only runs of the game. We used two pitchers that inning. Near the end of the game, the count dropped to twelve. The tenth pitcher stepped to the mound and became the stuff of legends. Some will tell you he threw only nine pitches, others only say it went so fast they only know it was much less than twelve.

The Bears had chances to tie the game, but players are still learning how to improve their individual game. Looking at the wrong thing while running bases had one player stop too soon. If he had of kept going to third he would have been a run batted in on the next hit. Coach Rich is great at helping the players learn to correct those little things.

While the Bears were still two runs down, Catcher Parker headed to the plate for his last bat before being replaced in the game. “Hey Coach, I hit this out of the park, I get to stay in the game, deal?” Coach Rich laughed and hesitantly agreed. After Parker got home with the help of the next batter, he told Coach with a smile, “A double should count for something….”

The Bears ended up losing 3-4 to the Sox, but there was lots of close calls making it an exciting game to the end.

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More game photos and stories are available at Highline Bears by Isabel.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H
Aspiring photojournalist

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The Burien office of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate is pleased to welcome local resident Mike Fosberg as the newest member of its team, Branch Manager Tay Krull announced Monday.

Fosberg has deep roots in the Burien community. He was raised in Burien, where he attended Gregory Heights Elementary, Sylvester Middle School, and Highline High School. He attended the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and later, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Fosberg has spent over 25 years working in education, mainly in the Highline Public Schools. He served as the Principal of Madrona Elementary in SeaTac, WA for 8 years, then as Principal of Highline High School in Burien for 3 years, and as Principal of Marvista Elementary in Normandy Park, WA for 3 years. He received his real estate license in December, 2012, and has been working as a local broker ever since.

“Mike is very much a community guy-and is excited to continue serving the residents of the Burien/Normandy Park area with their real estate needs”, Krull said.

“I am well-connected in the area, and have a strong pulse on the local real estate market as a result,” Fosberg said, “I’m excited to continue my career with Berkshire Hathaway.”

For more information, or to connect with Mike, please call (206) 489-8082.

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Burien/White Center Rotary President, Pam Romine (front left) and Scholarship Chair, Dave Hawthorne (right rear) congratulate all the exceptional students who received Scholarships and Service awards at their recent presentation meeting.

$10,800 in scholarships were presented to local students recently by the Burien/White Center Rotary Club.

“We’re delighted to put our fundraising and donated proceeds to the best use by helping these deserving students reach their post secondary goals,” Rotarian Julie Nelson told The B-Town Blog.

  • The Walter O. Carsten Memorial Scholarship Recipient is Katherinne Cruz-Lopez from Evergreen HS Campus TEC.
  • The Dick Dahlgard Memorial Scholarship recipient is Allen AJ Braun from Highline HS.
  • The Dr. Frank Tanaka Memorial Scholarship recipient is Bailey Nelson from Puget Sound Skills Center.
  • Rotary Scholarship recipients are Katie Thomas from Kennedy Catholic HS, Theresa Tran from Kennedy Catholic HS, Celestina Adu from Highline HS, Kenta Niizuma from Highline HS, Conner Shea from Highilne HS, Ruth Diaz from Evergreen Campus HS3, Christopher Truong from Evergeen Campus TEC, and Alexander Zamora from Evergreen Campus AAA.
  • Service Above Self Award recipients are Quynh Trinh from Evergreen Campus HS3, Karina Marroquin from Highline HS, and Clare Dowd from Kennedy Catholic HS (not pictured).