On Thursday March 5th, Bill Atkinson was appointed by the Skykomish School Board of Directors as an interim Board Director for the remainder of the 2015 calendar year. Bill has worked tirelessly for our school and students for many years and continually goes beyond the call of duty in support of our athletes and many school programs. If it were not for Bill, many of our students would likely not be playing on athletic teams both at Skykomish and at Sultan. This is a well deserved honor. Congratulations, Mr. Atkinson.
Recently the District signed an agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) to give BN access to our school during summer months so that they can implement that last phase of the underground cleanup process. The cleanup will utilize a process called “hot water flushing” in which hot water will be pumped into the ground under the school and then pumped out along with the existing pollutants. This process will run during the summer months (beginning in 2016) while students are out of the building. During the summer of 2015 construction crews will be setting up and preparing the building for the cleanup process. The cleanup process is expected to last for 3-5 years and will not run during the time that school is in session. The negotiations, between the School District and BN, which have led to this agreement have been ongoing for many years. The fact that we have finally come to this agreement comes in large part because of the hard work and dedication of both current and past board members. The School Board Directors and school staff are happy to be moving from the planning and negotiation phase to the actual construction and cleanup phase of this important project. The cleanup project is being conducted in part under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Ecology. If you have questions about the cleanup you may contact Superintendent Martin Schmidt or Board President John Robinson.