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June 24, 2020 Local Schools School Board president see benefits to having police in schools BY DAVID PAN REPORTER@YOURBEACON.NET In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's not surprising that the Mukilteo School District has received letters advocating the removal of police offi— cers from the district’s schools. School resource officers are located at Ka— miak and Mariner high schools and Explor- er Middle School. _, “We've talked about it,” Mukilteo School Board President Michael Simmons said. "We’ve received a number of letters from people absolutely against it and demanding that we take them out of the schools. It’s not a surprise. I'm happy to receive letters. Beacon photos by David Pan When people take the time to write us, we owe them a response.” The issue of police in schools has not been a formal item on the agen— da in either of the two June school board meet- ings. Simmons said that the subject could appear and be addressed by the board in future meetings. A Mukilteo police offi- cer is assigned to Kami— ak High School, while an officer from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office works at Mariner High School. Explorer Middle School, which is located in Everett, has an officer from the Everett Police Department. g Mica Simmons Simmons sees benefits to having school resource officers. "Our partnerships with the Everett and Mukilteo police departments, as well as the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, are solid,” Simmons said. "We’re always look- ing into the process and our partnerships. The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority. We want to make sure our partner- ships with those entities are focused on the benefits to our students." Simmons acknowledged that the conver- sation nationally seems to be focused on getting the police out of schools. But he added that each school district has to make its own determination as to what aroucr IN stnoorspag. ,5 Above left: Kamiak graduates Brooke Erlandsen, Polina Startsev and Abby Kizziar enjoy the drive-by parade organized by parents and volunteers June 10. Above right: A long line of Kamiak g‘raduates stood on the crosswalk near the high school for the drive-by parade. Below left: An excited ’ family takes photos of a Kamiak graduate pick- ing up their diploma June 19. Bottom right: A well-wisher throws candy for Kamiak High School graduates during the parade. from page out playing with your dog.” Another time, years later, I was on a road trip to go skiing 'with my wife’s family. We stopped at a Kmart in Hayden Lake, Idaho, for batteries for our camera. When 1 en— tered the store, almost immediately I was surrounded by three white men looking me up and down, without saying a word, but V their body language said, "You don't belong here.” It was the most uncomfortable feel- The working hard Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Armstrong ing 1 had experienced in my life. I managed to leave without incident, but I will never forget the feeling it left me with. Over the years, I had to learn that if you are Black, you are expected to behave a certain way. If you act “too Black” — what- ever that means — people are intimidated by you. So I learned to modify my behavior to fit in, so much so that people have told me, “But you don’t act Black,” and I had a white friend say, “You're just a white man in a Black man's body.” Duloineas were and headed to Districts and State when were 2019-2020 schools closed. Their competi- tive season resulted in several lst- and 2nd-place trophies for their three rou- tines in the Kick, Dance, and Pom cat- egories. The support these 28 individ- uals have for one another combined Duloineas Dance Team DANCE with their talent and cohesiveness earn them ongoing success every year starting with the football field in fall and ending at the Yakima Sundome in March. Dul- cineas, you are most assuredly a point of pride for Kamiak High School. 7928 Mukilteo Speedway, Ste. 203 Mukilteo, WA 98275 // /. I started to think I can’t act too Black, be cause that intimidates people. But ifl modify my behavior, then I am not Black enough! My wife and I now have 12 grandchildren, one of whom is Black. When I see that some things today still have not changed after all of this time, I have to ask myself, "Am I go- ing to have to have the same conversation with my grandson that my cousin had with me?” It's a conversation I won't need to have with the others. Are you - between 10-18 Mukilteo Beacon 7 v Kamiak’s Gloria Lee received a $2,000 scholarship from the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. ‘T Photo courtesy ofJasonJ. Kim Cascade Symphony awards scholarshlp to Kamlak senlor Kamiak’s Gloria Lee was one of two graduating high school music students to be awarded scholarships by the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. - Lee is the recipient of a $2,000 scholar— ship. Micah Cortezzo of Edmonds-Wood- way High School was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Music students from the Northshore and Shoreline districts also were considered. Lee, a resident of Mukilteo, plays the cello. This fall she will be attending Pomo- na College in Claremont, California, with plans to study math and computer science. Cortezzo, a resident of Brier, plays the bassoon as well as trumpet, piano and bass guitar. A performer with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra for the past six years, he will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, this fall. "We have been awarding scholarships to talented high school seniors for many years," said Holly Sullivan, scholarship chair for the Cascade Symphony Orches— tra. "Supporting music education is a high priority for our orchestra.” Lee and Cortezzo were among nine mu— sic students who applied to the Cascade Symphony for consideration from the four school districts. Applicants provided a fiveminute audition recording of their finest performance. Additional information about the Cascade Symphony Orchestra is available online at www.cascadesymphony.org. Ila-Ila III-Ella Ila-I- Illa-- III-II..- III-E- all... Ell-III Illflfll Sudoku solution on page 5 - 52 Years In Buslness E; 2nd Generation Local Family Business; IN-HOUSE H. \ICING FOR OUTHOUSE CREDIT