Olympic View, school district talks fall apart

Jun 26, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel A disagreement between Olympic View Water and Sewer and the Edmonds School District means students won't be entering their new school, now under construction, this fall.

Olympic View Water and Sewer District has rejected Edmonds School District’s latest proposal for an agreement to provide water service at Madrona K-8.

That means Madrona students will start the 2018-19 school year at the former Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood, as the Beacon previously reported.

“As a board member, with a responsibility to the district-at-large, I am not willing to subject the district to legal or financial liabilities demanded by an entity that does not have jurisdiction over groundwater,” district Superintendent Ann McMurray said in a news release.

“In repeated attempts, over months and months, to satisfy the ongoing demands of the water district, the school district has enhanced Madrona's stormwater system, already approved by the appropriate state and city agencies, at a cost to the school district community of roughly a quarter of a million dollars.”

McMurray said the district’s offer to bring the parties together with each side's consultants as well as the entities with jurisdiction in this matter was declined.

“Our offer to go to mediation many months ago was declined,” she said. “We entered the recent negotiations with open minds, open hearts and in good faith. Clearly, that was not the case for Olympic View. We are at a month past our contractor’s deadline for water. Our attention now is on making the best of a very challenging situation for our Madrona families and staff.”

Olympic View released its own statement June 25:

“On June 21, the Edmonds School District submitted a proposal to Olympic View, with a deadline of 5 p.m. June 25. The proposal was acceptable and accurately reflected several hours of negotiations. Late today, Olympic View received an alternate proposal that we can no longer support.

“Water service will be provided to the Madrona K-8 school upon completion of water main construction and reaching an agreement to address the use of deep UIC wells within an adopted Surface Water Protection Zone.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to be available for negotiations.”


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