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The Manson School District Board of Directors announced the 2015 Blue and White Excellence Awards winners at its March board meeting. Nominations were submitted by staff, students, and community members. Award recipients were: English Language Development Coordinator/ELA Teacher, Katie Sperling and Manson School Bus Driver, Lynn Chamberlain.

The Manson School District Board of Directors will officially recognize the award winners at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, April 27 at 6:00p.m. in the elementary library.

The recipients will also be recognized on May 5 in Wenatchee at the Convention Center at the annual North Central Educational Service District’s Excellence Awards Banquet.

A big congratulations to other nominees: Addie Velasco, Kim Williams, Jane Pratt, Kevin Sanford, Amy Anderson, and Janine Sanford.

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Katie Sperling - A nominator shared, “She is truly an advocate for all students, has vast literacy knowledge (both English and Spanish readers) and works tirelessly to support staff on a daily basis. I am proud to work alongside her and she energizes and inspires me by the work she is doing district-wide.”
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Lynn Chamberlain - A nominator shared, “She has an excellent driving record and is appreciated by her riders/students, parents and colleagues alike. Lynn goes beyond her working role in support of students by voluntarily attending many school and athletic events. She is a “true blue” Trojan fan.

manson schoolThe ground is trembling in the classrooms of Manson Middle/High School. Bulldozers, earth movers and other heavy machines have begun working on the much anticipated Manson Athletic Complex renovations project.

The school district has contracted with KRCI, LLC of East Wenatchee to complete the project. Work began on April 13th and is scheduled to be completed prior to September 1, 2015. The $1.5 million dollar project will dramatically improve the facilities used by kindergarten through 12th grade fitness/physical education students, extra-curricular teams (track and cross country), Manson Park and Recreation youth programs and Manson community members.

The improvements will include a regulation size soccer/football field, a 400 meter 8 lane track with a synthetic resilient surface, storm drainage, concrete access ramps, fencing, irrigation, and a new field lighting system.

The District has also completed an interagency agreement with the Department of Ecology to remediate the athletic field soils which contain arsenic and lead. The Department of Ecology will provide up to $415,000 to Manson School District for remediation activities.

Manson citizens are invited to attend an informal meeting on April 29th at 11:00AM at the Manson School District Office, 135 Hill St. Attendees will be given an overview of the project, meet key people, ask questions and take a brief walking tour of the project.

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WAAW350Congratulations to Manson High School students and staff members. Recently they received notice of an award from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. The State Board utilizes an achievement index and recognizes high achieving schools based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The award is given in six categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate and English Language Acquisition.

Manson High School is being recognized in two separate categories: High Progress and Extended Graduation Rate. This is the second consecutive year Manson High School has received this award.

wsdot logoHYAK – If you travel over Snoqualmie Pass you may have noticed portions of Interstate 90 look brighter.

Last fall, the Washington State Department of Transportation installed more than 4,600 solar-powered light-emitting diodes to illuminate shoulders, lane lines and barriers as part of a pilot project to improve visibility and safety on I-90. Now, WSDOT is asking drivers to take a few minutes to fill out an online survey to determine if visibility has improved on I-90.

“We know we need something on the pass that can handle the harsh weather conditions that gives drivers the ability to see the lane stripes,” said Troy Suing, WSDOT assistant regional administrator.

The pilot project was the first in the state to install lane markings with solar-powered LEDs. As part of the pilot project, WSDOT will spend the next several years monitoring the durability and longevity of the LEDs and determine if they reduce collisions. If successful, these lane markers could possibly be used in other locations along the I-90 corridor.

sheriffsmOn April 16, 2015 at 3:00pm Sheriff Burnett reports an arrest has been made in the Blue Star pallet fire in Cashmere.  Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives, who worked in conjunction with Cashmere Fire Officials and Blue Star investigators, arrested a 17 year old Dryden resident today for Arson.  The arson, which caused approximately $70,000 in damage, burned or damage in excess of 7000 pallets at a pallet yard owned by Blue Star.

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