The smoke is gone. We all can see clearly now. The future is known to us. So what does the future tell us?
First, it tells us that we have a new Trustee. Our (previously) newest Trustee, Dr. Sabine Thomas, had to relocate out of the area. We appreciate her efforts during her year with us and we are fortunate to have had a secondary list of candidates at the ready. After additional vetting, the Trustees and I recommended Mr. Roy Captain to the Governor. The Governor accepted the nomination and appointed Trustee Captain last month.
Mr. Captain is a respected local leader and real estate agent. He works in communities such as Sammamish, Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland. Born in Mumbai, India, he has lived in Oregon, Michigan, Illinois and Virginia, and now calls Redmond his home. Over the past 25 years, he has been a leader in running global aviation companies in Illinois, helicopter logging in Oregon, real estate investing in Virginia, and extensively volunteering in the Lake Washington School District. He has served multiple terms as President of the Audubon Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Association and was the Kirkland area Vice President in the Lake Washington School District PTSA. He is currently the Vice Chair of Redmond’s Planning Commission.
This is the first time we’ve had a Trustee from Redmond, and I appreciate now having a Trustee from every major city in our district.
The future also tells us that the dust has settled on our parking situation. Yes, we have a direction!! After discussion with the unions, we will implement the Reserved Parking change-over as designed. You can remind yourself of the details by looking here. Unfortunately, those discussions took longer than anticipated, so we will implement NEXT SUMMER (Summer 2018). We do not have the physical capacity to make the change before fall quarter and I do not want to take the garage off-line during the academic year. So we will have one more year of differential parking rates and reserved parking.
Speaking of rates, those have also been negotiated with the unions. Members of WPEA and CCCFT should speak with their local leadership or Human Resources for your pricing structure. Exempt staff can refer to the email sent by Tony Guerrero yesterday. Thanks for your patience as we navigated those issues over the last year.
Finally, the future tells us that we are in a pretty good place with regard to emergency preparedness. Since Tuesday of this week, about a dozen Cascadia staff and a dozen UWB staff have been participating in a region-wide FEMA training. Today is our actual exercise to practice all we’ve learned. The exercise will allow us to practice setting up our Emergency Operations Center and how we handle a major event. Thanks to all the participants from Cascadia: Jodie, Erik, Todd, Erika, Yukari, Meagan, Paul, Noah, Marty, Deann and Raquel.
Have a great weekend.