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SNOHOMISH – The Snohomish School Board will decide tonight whether to scrap a performing arts center and $5.5 million worth of other “extras” at the district’s new high school, which already is $7.7 million over budget.

The school district awarded the base bid last week to Lydig Construction for $55 million, greater than the $47.3 million budget. Only two firms bid for the work.

Any other added costs would cut further into the modernization of Snohomish High School, a project that already has been trimmed by $20 million. That project won’t go to bid until sometime next year.

The board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the administration center, 1601 Ave. D.

Seattle: Trees planted for two slain women

About 50 people gathered Tuesday at the University of Washington to remember Mary Cooper and her daughter Susanna Stodden.

The two Seattle women were shot to death July 11 near Pinnacle Lake near Mount Pilchuck.

Two trees were planted to honor the women near Mary Gates Hall, where Cooper took classes to earn her master’s in Library and Information Science. She was a student there between 2001 and 2004, according to Karen Erickson, assistant to the dean of the UW’s Information School.

Alumni of the school also donated a bench in the women’s honor to the school and established a scholarship in Cooper’s name. Cooper was active with the school after her graduation, Erickson said.

No one has been arrested in connection with the homicides.

From Herald staff reports

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