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6 - Mukilteo Beacon, December 2005 to DR. MARCI LARSEN .m.te dent: ?rlhis being my third year as a school district superinten- J. dent, I've already learned one of the hard and fast re- alities of this job. When the snow falls and it comes time to determine whether school will be open or not or whether buses will run late, you are sure to make some people angry, no matter what you decide. We recently had a brief touch with snow and, since win- ter hasn't even started yet, we're sure to have another. So it seems this is a perfect time to describe the process that goes into making the decision whether school will be open, delayed or canceled when the roads get slippery, The thing to keep in mind regarding school closures is that the decision de- pends primarily on the road conditions and whether we believe it is safe for our school buses to negotiate their routes. Our school bus drivers hit the road to pick up high school students at about 6 a.m. Consequently, if there's snow on the ground, dedicated staff members from our Transportation Department will be out checking the roads at about 3:30 a.m paying particular attention to those spots that we know are troublesome. After our Transportation experts report what they found, we check with the National Weather Service to get the lat- est forecasts, and consult our neighboring school districts to see how things are there. Armed with that information, I then decide whether the buses can safely drive their full routes on schedule, whether LARSEN, PAGE 9 ~i!.:ii~ J t I * J a i e * e e e * e o e e o e e o I Local teen has sights set for Hollywood . potentially leading toward stardom. Cm Js For Timothy Batchelder, a 17-year-old se- Tin J Jibe Beacon nior at Kamiak High School, his path took him to thescreenwriterdig.com web site ach high school has its share of standout where he entered a screenwriting contest l.N athletes destined for the bright lights of hosted by Hollywood movie producer Mark college sports. And, for every athlete, there seems to be at least two remarkably talented, artistic mu- sician/actors headed for Broadway - or at least Off-Off Broadway, And then there are the wrLters - the ones who live behind a monitor and keyboard, bubbling with raw talent and vivid imagina- tions. Luckily for them, there are several paths Canton (Get Carter, Jack Frost, Taking Lives). "I'm not entirely sure where I rank with others on screenwriting," Batchelder said. "The only thing I've done to measure my abilities was to submit a 20-page short gE HOLL.YW .OOD, PAGE 19 teens, or no children at all, Exchange students need hosts anyone can have a great ex- perience hosting an exchange pacific Intercultural Ex-change (EI.E.) asks local fami- student. change is looking for lies to consider showing one Alt the students are pre- caring families to host high of these foreign teens what screened: they speak English; school students from various American generosity is all have medical insurance, and countries for the 2006 spring about, their own spending money for semester. Students from Brazil, Ger- any incidental costs. There are few opportuni- many, South Korea, and Nor- Allthese students require is ties in this world where an way have been staying with a loving family to share their individual can take an active area families since August, experience within America. hand in making the world a and now a new group of in- Help them learn the mean- better place. This is such an ternational neighbors would ing of "Life, Liberty, and the opportunity, like to add a little more to the Pursuit of Happiness." It is the time of year when community and leave in June Those who are interested the holidays are approaching with American passion, pride are urged to contact Pacific and Americans everywhere and sense of values. Intercultural Exchange right are considering opening their There is no such thing as a away at 800-631-1818. hearts to their friends and typical host family. 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