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Blasko to resign, get nearly $396K in severance with Monroe schools
The embattled superintendent exits weeks after a scathing report found his conduct created a toxic work environment.
Monroe schools wants to know what public seeks in an interim leader
The board is on track to interview candidates July 28, though it’s unclear if the community can watch
Cow pie power! Monroe manure-to-energy project expands
Qualco has been turning cow poop into electricity since 2008. A new generator could turn on by mid-August.
Search begins in earnest for Monroe interim superintendent
Meanwhile, Superintendent Justin Blasko is still on leave, and school officials are keeping quiet about his future.
Monroe High School student charged with anti-LGBTQ hate crime
Prosecutors allege a 16-year-old choked a classmate on campus and called him “gay.”
The Herald’s Softball Player of the Year: River Mahler
The do-it-all Stanford-bound senior shortstop broke school records and led Monroe to a 5th-place state finish.
Rainy Juneteenth celebrations in Snohomish, Monroe mark progress
Community members say they hope their cities can continue to “build on what has begun.”
Group envisions robust links for Centennial Trail
Leafline Trail Coalition’s map has over 900 miles through King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Marysville man accused of over 12 armed robberies at massage parlors
The suspect reportedly said he targeted Asian spas, “believing they would be hesitant to report the crimes.”
Monroe schools on to ‘next steps’ for embattled superintendent
Blistering report in hand, Monroe school leaders are seeking an acting leader to fill in for Justin Blasko.
Swifts descend by the thousands in Monroe — but who’s counting?
Vaux’s swifts are back in town. Armed with pencils and scrap paper, volunteers count thousands at a time.
Monroe father, son get 5 years for marijuana, Bitcoin scheme
Kenneth Warren Rhule, 28, sold crypto to an undercover federal agent who claimed to be trafficking Ukrainian women.
‘(Expletive) idiot’: Scathing report paints Monroe schools supe as bully
In a response, Superintendent Justin Blasko apologized for his actions. His future with the district remains in limbo.
‘It makes me angry’: Black students in Monroe report persistent racism
“Please help stop this racism,” a first-grade student told the Monroe school board Monday. Other kids reported racist slurs.
Flags tell Monroe woman’s transgender journey — and more
The flagpole in her front yard is a visual for Facebook posts about who Melissa Batson is and how she got there.
Monroe school employee on leave for ‘racially insensitive language’
The incident took place at Hidden River Middle School. Also, police were investigating racist vandalism found at another school.
‘Sisterly bond’: Monroe softball team features 3 pairs of sisters
The Mahler, Nagy and Oylear sisters make up two-thirds of the state-hopeful Bearcats’ starting lineup.
Report on Monroe superintendent’s conduct delivered to school board
Employees accused Justin Blasko of fomenting a hostile workplace. Findings won’t be public for about two weeks or longer.
Deputies: Shooting near Monroe possibly stemmed from road rage
One person was shot Monday night in the 13300 block of Wagner Road. The suspected shooter was in custody.
1987 slaying of Canadian couple heads to state Supreme Court
Justices granted a motion Wednesday to review William Talbott’s overturned conviction in a landmark forensic genealogy case.