This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives

10 Years Ago 1997

The Arlington School District broke ground in 1997 though not the ground proposed last January. The district began the year with a $41 million proposal to build a new 1,600-student high school a mile-and-a-half north of town. It ended the year with a pioneer proposition to put students from kindergarten through 12th grade on a year-round staggered schedule to provide classroom space to students already here, as well as those expected in the next five years. That ground-breaking move the first of its kind in the state of Washington may be a sign of things to come, according to Superintendent Linda Byrnes. Its time the people realized this isnt little ol Arlington anymore. In her presentation to the school board before recommending putting the district on a year-round schedule, Brynes provided an overview of just how big a business the district has become. People coming into the district may realize it already, she said. But for those who have lived here all their lives, they may not realize just how big an organization the district is. The district operates on a $26 million annual budget. The city of Arlington operates on a $19 million budget. The district as a $1.8 million monthly payroll. More then half the districts 460 employees have bachelors degrees. About 120 have masters degrees and three or four have doctorates. The district operates several of the largest restaurants in town, serving 450 meals and 400 ala cart entries a day within two hours. Those food service programs use 3,200 pounds of lettuce, and 3,000 pounds of french fries a month. The districts 36 buses travel 3,000 miles a day, providing transportation for 2,250 passengers a day. The district also owns 59 other vehicles, such cars, trucks and even a tractor. The districts 11 building sites have buildings which are the equivalent of 254 homes. The district owns 498 acres of forest land and 362 acres of current and future school sites. That includes the 180-acre Boettcher property slated for a new high school and the 20.6-acres in Gleneagle slated for a new elementary school. The district owes $8.5 million in capital debt. The districts final product, the students, take 13 years to complete and the raw materials come as is.

25 Years Ago 1982

Mike Honeycutts future in football could take a dramatic turn in the next few months. A senior at Eastern Washington University, he awaits the spring professional football drafts with keen anticipation. A 1978 graduate of Arlington High, Honeycutt, 22, played defensive end and tackle for Arlington Coach Jim Kavaney. He attended the University of Oregon for two years, playing defensive tackle and center. Academic problems forced the move to Eastern where he continued to play at center and switched to defensive end. The move, he said, was good for him. I like Eastern better. Its more of a small town, more like Arlington. Honeycutt was home last week for Christmas vacation visiting his father, Fred. His wife, Melody also of Arlington (AHS 78) is now a freshman at Eastern. Majoring in physical education, Honeycutt looks down the road to a coaching career, but in the meantime hes hoping for a shot at the pros. His honorable mention All-American in division II should help. Pro scouts, he said, have been keeping an eye on him, but its hard to gauge the interest. They dont tell you to much, just stare at you to make sure your bodys all intact. Honeycutt might learn something as early as Monday when the new United States Football League holds its draft. A phone call could also come Jan. 4 when the National Football League holds its own draft. In any case, Honeycutt is prepared, having already talked over his future potential with his coach and an agent from California. Nothing is signed with the agent, just getting ready. Should that call fail to come, Honeycutt wont give up. He plans to walk on and try his luck as a free agent. San Francisco is his first choice.

50 Years Ago 1957

Through a deal completed this week, the Blue Bird Cafe heretofore owned and operated by Mrs. Annie C. Jensen, changed hands and will hereafter be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Merle C. Peper of R.2, Arlington, they having leased the property from Mrs. Jensen. Mrs. Jensen, who has operated the Cafe for the past three and a half years, states that she intends to have a good rest and will go to Kenosha, Wisc., where she has two sons and two daughters. Mrs. Jensen says she will miss her large family The service club members, Lions and Kiwanis whom she has served and expresses her thanks to them for their patronage and bespeaks the continued loyalty for her successors.

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