It is very exciting to see the construction progress of Birchwood Elementary. Our neighborhood school is on schedule to open Fall 2014. Reopening a school is a very dynamic process! Hence the BNA Board has invited Rob McElroy, Executive Administrator of Special Assignments for the Bellingham Public School District to speak about the next stage in the progression of reopening BW Elementary. Please come and join us to learn more -- 7-8pm, Dec 16th in the Shuksan Library.
Creating a vision for the new Birchwood Elementary will be the job of the Planning Principal. The new principal will be named in January. In the past, some Bellingham School Principals have worked with their communities to implement a special theme or program. Rob McElroy was the Principal of Wade King Elementary which became the first IB World School fully authorized to deliver the Primary Years Program in Washington State. He will share the process of creating a unique vision for a school and answer questions regarding the International Baccalaureate Organization or other special programs that schools have implemented.
You can find more information about IBO schools at http://bellinghamschools.org/department-owner/communications-and-community-relations/larmap-0
Re-opening BW elementary will impact our entire neighborhood and developing the success of our neighborhood school is a community effort.
Hope to see you there,
Mayor Kelli Linville will be our speaker at this meeting. We will have time for a question and answer session, so here's your opportunity to "ask the Mayor". We will also have Board elections at that meeting. There will be 5 open Board positions. If you would like to serve on the Board, please contact Barb Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org . The Board of Directors shall consist of no fewer than five and no more than eleven persons. We have will have 5 vacancies as of January. To be a Board member, a person must have resided within the legal limits of the City of Bellingham for one year and must live or own property/business in the Birchwood neighborhood. People may be nominated for the Board by submitting their names to the Board prior to or at the annual meeting. The Board member’s term of office will be three years.
Here are two documents that have information from the Port of Bellingham outlining plans and proposals for our Bellingham Airport
Current master plan from 2004 http://www.portofbellingham.com/index.aspx?nid=20
Proposed Update to Master Plan Current http://www.portofbellingham.com/DocumentCenter/View/2273
Visit the following City website for more information on Squalicum Park plans:
Squalicum Park Phase 3 plans website: http://www.cob.org/government/departments/parks/projects/squalicum-creek-park-phase-3.aspx
The Bellingham School District plans for Birchwood Elementary are available on the District's website: http://bellinghamschools.org/sites/default/files/BirchwoodFacilityUpdate2012.pdf
Construction update: http://bellinghamschools.org/birchwood