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LYNDEN — Thursday, the Lynden School Board will consider a multilingual learning agreement with the Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD).

The purpose of the agreement, according to the district’s Sept. 9 agenda packet, is to develop capacity by providing support and training to districts to develop effective MLL programs.

Each participating district pays a $4,000 annual membership fee that includes training and support for staff, including teachers, administrators, and paraeducators.

The agreement, known in the agenda packet as the NWESD Multilingual Learner (formerly ELL) Cooperative, is from Sept. 1, 2021, until Aug. 31, 2022.

According to Shari Shagren, assistant to Superintendent Mike Stromme, the Lynden School District has “an estimated 365 pre-kindergarten to grade 12 multilingual learners.”

The agenda report, prepared by Lynden Assistant Superintendent David VanderYacht, recommends that the board approve the Interlocal Agreement.

The Lynden School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 in the Lynden Middle School Cafeteria, 8750 Line Road. According to the district, face coverings are required in any indoor space.

The public is also welcome to attend the district’s business meeting via phone conference by calling either 253-215-8782 or 408-638-0968. Meeting ID: 815 5006 3904. Passcode: 786822.

The Lynden School Board’s agenda packet, which includes the report and cooperative agreement, can be found at lynden.wednet.edu no later than 24 hours before the meeting.

Also on the Sept. 9 agenda, the Lynden School Board will consider approving a four-year CTE (career and technical education) plan.

The focus of the plan is educator licensing; local needs assessment; evaluation and implementation of CTE programs; improving equity and access; equipment and facilities; and recruitment, retention and professional development of CTE educators.