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Everett: Fire district commission sworn in

Snohomish County Fire District 1 commissioners on Jan. 7 re-elected David Chan to serve as board chairman and Bob Meador to serve as vice chairman.

The five-member board sets policy for the fire district, which serves most of southwest Snohomish County. Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S., Everett.

More info: www.firedistrict1.org.

Lake Stevens: School district top energy saver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the Lake Stevens School District an Energy Star Top Performer for the third year in a row. To qualify, the school district had to have a 10 percent year-over-year improvement in energy performance among its buildings, and the district’s buildings had to perform in the top 25 percent for similar buildings nationwide. Since starting its energy management program in 2010, the school district has saved more than $2 million in utility costs.

Lynnwood: Weed meeting set for Jan. 31

The city of Lynnwood is seeking public input as it adopts a new plan for how it manages weeds, other vegetation and pests in ponds, ditches and other areas.

The plan includes when and where herbicides may be used. Comments are accepted through Jan. 31. The draft plan is available at www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/ipmp or at City Hall.

More info: lgrassl@ci.lynnwood.wa.us.

Monroe: Native plant sale set for Feb. 10

The Snohomish Conservation District is taking orders for native plants until Feb. 10.

The 29th annual native plant sale and celebration is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 1 from at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Order plants online at snohomishcd.org/plant-sale.

For more information or to place an order, call Ryan Williams at 425-335-5634, ext. 116, or email rwilliams@snohomishcd.org.

Mukilteo: School enrollment keeps rising

Consultant Les Kendrick told the Mukilteo School Board on Monday that enrollment will continue to rise, particularly at the early grades. “We might quibble about how much and when, but it is going up,” he said at the school board meeting.

Kendrick, a consultant to the school district for more than 15 years, told the board that total enrollment will increase from about 14,900 students to about 16,000 students by 2020 and to 17,000 students five years after that. Elementary enrollment will increase by about 350 students in the next five years, he predicted, citing birth rates and new housing.

The district already has space constraints, particularly at the elementary level. Mukilteo School District voters will be asked to approve a $119.15 million bond measure to build a new elementary school, an early-learning kindergarten center and other projects.

From Herald staff reports

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