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The Everett School District will draw from other pots of money and retirements to help cover $2.6 million in budget cuts for the 2006-07 school year.

In all, the $161 million budget is 7 percent higher than this year’s budgeted expenses.

To keep a fund balance, or savings, of at least 5 percent, however, the district needed to identify places to trim.

Some nursing positions were eliminated, along with assistant coaches for swimming, bowling and golf. Some open administrative and non-classroom positions also won’t be filled.

Other trims come in food services and transportation, among other areas.

Some positions and purchases will be saved by drawing from other pots of money, like Initiative 728 dollars for school improvement and a capital levy.

Northshore drops service requirement for diploma

High school students in the Northshore School District will no longer have to complete 40 hours of community service to earn a diploma.

The school board decided to drop the service from its list of graduation requirements because of the time and coordination involved for staff.

Teenagers also already have to complete freshman and senior projects, in addition to new state requirements.

Administrators noted that many students are likely to continue volunteering, something colleges encourage. Also, such student-led opportunities as blood drives and holiday baskets will continue.

Students will continue to be recognized for their service in special ceremonies.

Design approved for new options schools campus

The Marysville School Board last week approved the design for a new campus that will house three existing schools.

The “secondary options campus” will bring together Marysville Arts and Technology High School, Tulalip Heritage Option School and Tenth Street (Middle) School.

Each school will have its own building, but share the same grounds near Quil Ceda Elementary School, 2415 74th St. NE, on the Tulalip Indian Reservation.

The $18 million campus will use modular buildings and is expected to open in the fall of 2007. Money for the project comes from mitigation fees paid by developers to compensate for growth-related costs.

Monroe raises school lunch prices 10 cents

Monroe School District will raise the price of lunches 10 cents next year, adding about $30,000 to the food services budget to cover the increased cost of fuel and other items.

The new prices are $2.10 at elementary schools and $2.35 at middle and high schools.

Snohomish offers new texts up for parent review

Parents and other interested residents of the Snohomish School District can review classroom materials proposed for adoption starting Tuesday.

The materials – for ninth-grade Washington state history, 10th-grade history and Advanced Placement environmental science and psychology – can be viewed from 1 to 4 p.m. through Monday in the teaching and learning services office at the district administration building, 1601 Ave. D.

A forum for public comment will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at the same location.

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