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ASD schedules special meeting on budget

The Arlington School Dictrict's Board of Directors has set a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 4 at the regular board meeting room at 315 N. French Street to further discuss budget cuts.

The district expects to be short due to state cuts from $3 million to $5 million in next year's budget.

Recommendations from the district on certificated staffing are due to the Board of Directors by May 4 and district recommendations on classified staffing are due to the Board of Directors by May 15.

"The district makes the recommendations, the board makes the decisions," said the district's spokesperson, Misti Gilman, who also clarified some numbers distributed at the School Board Forum on April 14.

The amount of $108,000 for the ROTC program is the entire budget and much of that is paid for by the Air Force, and the $102,000 for public relations is the entire budget -- not just the salary of the PR person, which has already been cut to half time, said the district's spokesperson, Misti Gilman.

Garage sale for senior class party

Parents raising money for this year's senior party have announced a community-wide bake sale and garage sale this Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 2, at Arlington Machine & Welding, 20621 67th Ave. NE.

“We have teams of moms who are baking a huge variety of pies to sell,” said the coordinator of the fundraising project, Rhonda Wreggelsworth.

Donations are welcome at the same location 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or after hours by calling Scott Taylor at 425-239-6360.

“This is the same weekend as the Arlington High School Art Fest and plant sale, and we are hoping folks will stop by on their way,” said Wreggelsworth.

The AHS parents are making good progress towards funding a safe, drug and alcohol free all- night party for this years’ Arlington High School graduates, Wregglersworth said.

Students can purchase their tickets for the GradNightsParty during lunch at the high school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $150 per student, including bus transportation to and from two secret venues, food, music, and entertainment.

The class party has received a generous grant from the Stillaguamish Tribe and many local businesses, including: Grandview Management Services, Sierra Property Management, John's Pharmacy at Cascade Medical Center, John T. Dystra DDS, Frontier Bank, All Creatures Veterinary Center, Eaglenest Secretarial Services, Inc., Law Office of Ben Wells, Eagle Family Dental Center, Taylor Investments

Crown Distributors, Stickles Press, Flowers by George, Stillaguamish Athletic Club, Paraiso Mexican Restaurant and Medallion Hotel.

AHS Art Festival & plant sale

It's the first Saturday in May, which means it's time for the Arlington High School Arts Festival in the foyer of the Byrnes Performing Arts Center and on the steps in front of the school, weather permitting, said AHS art teacher Bev Schatz.

Joe Horzak will bring his elementary students to play marimba 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dan Murray and students will play guitar at an open mic

There will be for sale glasswork, garden art stepping stones and jewelry made by art club and art students, photography by Brandon Carmack and Lauren Kelly and various art work by students of Bev Schatz students and Hallie Koenig. Sherida Taylor's French club offers pastry for sale. Behind the school, the horticulture class is selling the plants they have spent this spring growing. For information call AHS at 360-618-6300.

Hymas to speak on Holocaust -- MUG SHOT IS AVAILABLE

Leo Hymas returns to Arlington High School this year to share with the students his perspective on the Holocaust, said former AHS French and drama teacher, Sue Weingarten.

"He was in the company that liberated Buchenwald," Weingarten said. "He spoke at our school several years ago, and his quiet, gentle demeanor, and down-home humor totally won over the students."

A resident of Whidbey Island, Hymas retired from the Boeing Corporation in 1998, but continues to work as hard as ever, with frequent speaking engagements at locations all over the region on behalf of the Holocaust Center.

He will speak in the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. Monday, May 4, and the community is invited to attend.

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