Enumclaw may tie to Muckleshoot school

By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald

As early as this month, Enumclaw School Board members could sign an agreement to act as legal entity for the Muckleshoot Tribal School so it can operate as a Washington state school.

Superintendent Art Jarvis and attorney Alan Stay, who was representing the tribe, presented a brief outline of the proposal to the school board at its regular meeting May 17.

According to Stay, who is also a parent of Enumclaw School District students, the Muckleshoot Tribal School currently does not receive state funding, and to do so needs a public school to help it.

Stay said the Muckleshoot Tribe approached the Enumclaw School District and any contract drawn between the two will protect both the interests of the tribal school and the Enumclaw district and benefit the students of both districts. Stay told the board he worked on a similar agreement in 1985 with the Colville Tribe and Omak School District and there are other tribes and school districts in the area with similar agreements. Locally, there are contracts between the Puyallup Tribe (Leschi) and Puyallup School District and the Lummi Tribe and the Ferndale School District.

"There are those times when we get to do something that is good and right," Jarvis said, supporting the idea.

Board member Lorianne Taff said she was thrilled with the proposal and "all the things that it can offer as far as education and culture."

Stay said the agreement is supported by the Muckleshoot School Board and tribal council.

In other business, the board:

€ participated in a writing presentation with Black Diamond Elementary students MacKenna VanRuff, Olivia McFarland and Alexandra Callison, and teachers Sara Davis, Sandy Fitzpatrick and Jim Meisner.

€ accepted a donation of 12 yards of delivered infield sand from Wheeler Construction, value $500, and $1,750 from the high school Parent-Teacher-Student Association for the following: $400 for School of Discovery and Human Services field trip; $100 School of Culture and Performing Arts field trip; $400 to purchase videos pertaining to nutrition, diet, etc.; $200 for literacy camp student field trip; $400 to purchase storage media drives for Adventure School; and $250 Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) recognition assembly for Global Studies and Business School.

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