State senator Dale Brandland visits schools
State senator Dale Brandland, R, Bellingham visited Blaine public schools on November 22, something he said he tries to do in each district once a year. “If you’re not on the K-12 (senate public education) committee, you don’t see or hear about a lot of this stuff,” he said.
Brandland visited all four schools in Blaine but did not go to Point Roberts primary. He participated in student-led parent teacher conferences, heard one of the middle school bands, “and had candy for lunch in the primary school,” said Blaine school district superintendent Dr. Mary Lynne Derrington, “because we were running late.”
Blaine high school principal Dan Newell pointed out unfunded mandates to Brandland, using the recently instituted senior project as an example. The projects are required by the state legislature’s Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) protocols, but the state does not pay for their implementation, resulting in an unfunded mandate.
Newell told the board that he had pointed out to Brandland that it will cost the Blaine school district over $8,000 to administer the senior projects this year.