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Two members of Snohomish High School’s Class of 2008 have launched a petition drive to ditch the WASL as a graduation requirement.

Sophomores Ryland Penta and Jen Foster say the Washington Assessment of Student Learning requirement is not fair, and they fear many in their class, the first to face the requirement, will struggle to pass.

The pair hope to gather 1,000 signatures through their Web site, www.the 830500951.

The online petition isn’t a valid way of raising a referendum, but the teens hope it will help sway state lawmakers and the state superintendent of public instruction’s office.

Mascot, colors picked for new Monroe school

Students attending the new Fryelands Elementary School in Monroe this fall will be the Falcons. Principal Jeff Presley also announced the school’s colors as red, white and blue.

The mascot and colors are the result of voting by adults and students.

A community tour of the school will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 28. The school’s dedication is set for Aug. 22.

Anonymous Snohomish donor will match funds

For the next two years, donations to the Snohomish Education Foundation up to $100,000 will be matched through an anonymous donor’s challenge grant.

The 19-year-old foundation raises money to support the Snohomish School District. Funds provide assistance grants, scholarships and arts and technology programs, among many other educational projects.

Donations can be accepted monthly, quarterly or in a lump sum to be matched. For information, call 360-568-5292 or visit www.snohomisheducation

Everett Public Schools names finance director

A retired Navy commander is the new head of finance for Everett Public Schools.

Robert Collard replaces Jeff Riddle, who is retiring after 22 years as associate superintendent for finance and operations.

Collard, 53, of Mill Creek, operates a home health care agency with his wife. Previously he worked for 10 years as an assistant superintendent for the Lake Washington School District. He started his new post July 1.

Marysville seeks members for panel

The Marysville School District is looking for residents to serve on an oversight committee for school construction and bond measure projects.

It is seeking two representatives for its facilities committee. It also is looking for two people with experience in construction financial management.

The oversight committee will meet at least quarterly to review construction budgets and timelines. It will be consulted if a bond proposal project list needs to be modified in any way.

Nomination forms are available by calling 360-653-0800.

The Marysville School Board will select oversight committee members after reviewing nomination forms.

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