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Everett School District recognizes educators and community leaders for service

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L-R Superintendent Gary Cohn; Citizens for Everett Public Schools members Caroline Mason, Michelle Nims and Jenny Steele (for Jared Kink); and educators Becky Ballbach and Jeanne Willard. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
L-R Superintendent Gary Cohn; Citizens for Everett Public Schools members Caroline Mason, Michelle Nims and Jenny Steele (for Jared Kink); and educators Becky Ballbach and Jeanne Willard. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

Citizens’ group and educators leading on-time graduation efforts were honored at regional event.

Each year, the district honors educators and community leaders at a regional Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) recognition luncheon for their contributions to student achievement and community involvement.

This year, Becky Ballbach, and Jeanne Willard received the Student Achievement Award for leading districtwide efforts to support on-time graduation and career and college readiness. They have developed and implemented a strong system—district to classroom—to remove barriers, meet student needs, and help each student be successful.

District and school teams meet weekly to monitor student progress and develop strategies for helping students stay or get back on track. They have also cultivated strong partnerships with higher education and organizations to help students realize their full potential.

The district’s strategic focus and collective effort has resulted in continuous improvement in graduation rates—nine out of 10 seniors graduate in four years!

Citizens for Everett Public Schools received the Community Involvement Award for their coordination of the community-based efforts to pass the April 2016 bond and capital levy.

Jared Kink, Michelle Nims, and Caroline Mason rolled up their sleeves and coordinated a powerful grassroots effort that successfully brought together hundreds of volunteers and took the message “to the streets” through doorbell ringing, community presentations, phone calls, meetings and a robust social media campaign.

Projects funded by the bond and levies are now underway to support education and help address continued enrollment growth.

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