Briefs (June 3)

  • May. 30, 2018 1:30 a.m.

Thompson now ‘interim’

MARYSVILLE – Jason Thompson is now the interim Marysville School District superintendent.

The position starts Saturday and will continue to June 30, 2019. The school board approved the contract in a special meeting Tuesday.

The action follows the announcement from Becky Berg May 18 in which she relinquished her duties following recovery from surgery to remove a non-cancerous meningioma tumor from her brain.

She will contractually still be superintendent until June 30, 2019.

Thompson has been serving as acting superintendent since January. This fall, the school board will begin the search process for a permanent superintendent who will start on July 1, 2019.

Thompson has served as the district’s deputy superintendent since 2016, human resources executive director since 2013, and was a superintendent in the Newport School District prior to coming to Marysville. Board president Tom Albright said Berg “is leaving the district in good hands, and we are confident in Mr. Thompson’s ability to carry her positive work forward.”

Thompson said, “I appreciate that the board is putting their faith and trust in me to take the reins over the coming months.”

Sno-Isle lessens academic slide

MARYSVILLE – As youngsters get set to slide into summer, Sno-Isle Libraries is ready to help stop their academic slide over the summer.

“There are plenty of studies that show ‘summer slide’ is real,” said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator at Sno-Isle Libraries. “Students begin to lose skills learned during the school year if they don’t keep using them, and it all starts with reading.”

To help, Sno-Isle Libraries has lined up a summer’s worth of activities aimed at children, teens and families.

“Explore Summer activities are all about ‘Read, Learn, Discover,’” Feldman said. “We focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills, and include arts, through fun and educational events and projects.”

A core feature of Explore Summer is a reading log and free books as prizes. Participants register, get a reading log and track 10 hours of reading, show the completed log to a library staff member then choose a free book.

Registration opens June 1 at, and at any community library. Explore Summer runs through August 31. Feldman says there is a method to setting the 10-hour goal.

“Research shows that reading a minimum of four to six books during the summer can combat the summer slide,” Feldman said. “Students who participate in summer reading programs maintain scores on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year.”

More at this carnival

MARYSVILLE – Carnival rides aren’t for everyone. Your kids may love them a lot more than you do.

If that’s the case, check out the Marysville-Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Carnival June 7-10. It’s located in the field between Home Depot and Wal Mart in Tulalip.

While the kids enjoy the rides, adults will be able to enjoy checking out a number of items from vendors. Tulalip Beef Jerkey Outlet will have items for sale and sampling. You can learn about the great things Victim Support Services are doing in town. You can see and smell candles from Just That Good Naturally. You can check out the jewelry from Tammie’s Paparzzi Pretties. And, if you can get your kids away from the rides, they can have their faces painted done by Emerald City Arts.

If you want to listen to music, the Marysville City Band will be performing. Of course the carnival itself will feature the usual rides, games and fair food.

Fireworks fines increase

MARYSVILLE – Fines are increasing in Marysville for anyone caught using fireworks.

The fine for discharging consumer fireworks in the city will increase to $257, from $103. With the ban in place in 2017, Marysville saw a decrease in the number of fireworks-related injuries, fires and other incidents. The Marysville Fire District did not respond to a single fireworks-related injury call within city limits during the 2017 July 4 holiday. Next year the fine will skyrocket to $513.

Report illegal fireworks use by calling the non-emergency line at 425-407-3999.

Rodeo coming to Darrington

DARRINGTON – The Darrington Timberbowl Rodeo, a family friendly tradition since 1962, will take place June 23 and 24.

The Western States Ranch Rodeo Association event includes bull riding, saddle bronc and barrel racing.

The rodeo draws competitors from all over the United States and Canada.

The Darrington Horse Owners Association keeps the rodeo entry fees low to encourage families to take part.

The rodeo starts at 6 p.m. that Saturday and then at 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance ticket sales are $9 for adults, and $6 for senior

citizens, youth and military. Entry is free for children up to 6 years old. Cost is $1 more at the gate.

Visit for more or to purchase tickets.

Low-cost sports physicals at M-P

MARYSVILLE – Anyone interested in participating in high school or middle school sports next year needs to get a physical.

Greg Erickson, Maryville School District athletic director, said physicals will be available from 4-7 p.m. June 12 at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School gym.

Cost is $25. They are for athletes in grades 7 to 12.

Not only is this a discounted price for athletes, but proceeds help the Booster Clubs at M-P and Marysville Getchell.

Appointments can be made beginning May 21 at 360-965-0000.