Highline Launches an Online Parent and Family Climate Survey

Results will be used to make improvements at schools

Highline Public Schools is seeking feedback from families of Highline students through an online Parent and Family Climate Survey. All families are encouraged to participate in the survey which asks questions on topics ranging from academic preparation to student support to safety and behavior.
 
District and school leaders want to know how parents and families view Highline schools, programs, and services. This will help Highline make changes to improve schools and better support students.
 
“We want to work together with you to build an excellent education system where every student is known by name, strength, and need,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Every family's voice is important. These conversations will help us learn how to make our schools better.” 
 
The online survey is easy to access and provides a convenient way to share input and ideas. Parents and families who have provided their student's school with an email address will receive an email invitation to participate. The survey is also posted on the YourVoice section of the district’s website.
 

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Summary of the May 12 SeaTac City Council meeting

By Tim Clifford

The first meeting for the month of May for the SeaTac City Council was held on May 12 at City Hall. Clocking in at a little over 90 minutes and with only two presentations on the agenda this was one of the shorter meetings in recent memory.

During the time for public comments a number of attendants criticized the council for their handling of the North SeaTac Park clean up (or lack thereof) as well their treatment of councilmember Pam Fernald. Recent television and print media coverage of Fernald offering her salary to help cover the clean-up costs came to dominate the proceedings. The term “disgusted” was used frequently and one commenter accused the council of being “environmentally racist” by neglecting Tub Lake and North SeaTac Park.

The first presentation of the evening was given by Kizzie Funkhouser, a volunteer supervisor with Catholic Community Services (ccsww.org). Volunteers with this program provide aid to senior citizens throughout south King County and SeaTac who can no longer take care of themselves (yardwork, handiwork, running errands, etc.).

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Zoopa Organics permanently closes its doors in Tukwila

By Tim Clifford

Sad news arrived in the form of “permanently closed” signs adorning the windows of Zoopa Organics in Tukwila earlier this week. The restaurant, located at 393 Strander Blvd. across from the Westfield Southcenter Mall, was one of the first, and still one of the few, all-you-can-eat buffets to offer mostly organic ingredients.

“In the 18 months since we took over Zoopa we have made significant progress and learned more than we knew we needed to. But, the landlord has other plans. Restaurants are a risk for landlords and one they are not willing to shoulder given the looming threat of forced wage increases which render restaurants unprofitable,” wrote the owners on their website, eatzoopa.com, of the closing.

According to the owners the closing was unexpected and the decision by the landlord came last weekend.

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