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CHENEYFREE PRESS .... Thursday, November 26 20! 5: fund By AL STOVER S taff Reporter At its Nov. 18 meeting, the Cheney School Board passed a resolution that sets the general fund special levy amount at $9.3 million for 2016, and the debt service fund levy at $5.3 million. The $9.3 million levy was approved by voters in February. Kassidy Probert, the distfi.ct's executive director of finance, said the tax rate for the general fund levy will be $3.06 while the debt service fund levy will be $1.76. "It's kind of our normal trend," Probert said. "The drop was dispersed throughout the district, though we had a small bump of five middle school students." Probert also presented the F-196 fi- nancial report for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Some of the notable changes included the general fund balance increasing by $527,465.88 for an ending fund balance of more than $3.37 million. The Associated Student Body fund increased by $52,798.85 for an ending In enrollment, Probert said thebalance of $322,352.97. The transporta- district is at 4,337 full-time equivalent tion vehicle fund had a slight'increaSe of students, 20 less than the October count. $7,132.35 for a balance of $758,525.89. Probert said there was a similar drop in The capital project fund decreased students last year. by $332,179.09 to bring it to just over hri ian Herit hool announces first quarter honor roll Christian Heritage County, including Air- Jennifer Rossey, 10th; School announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2015- 16 school year. In an email, principal Brad Cain said 63 percent of the student body either made the Scholar's List (4.0-3.7) or the honor roll (3.69-3.33). Christian Hertiage School is a private school in Edwall that serves grades kindergarten through 12th grade. It has an enrollment of 85 students from Day- enport and Spokane way Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake. Stu- dents are listed by name and grade Scholar's List Austin Vaughn, fifth; Gabe Cain, fifth; Amy Colvin, fourth; James Cluckey, 10th; Samantha Cluckey, 10th; Brianna Colvin, seventh; Emilie Colvin, ninth; Dylan Herron, 12th; Brittany Hunt, 11th; Korie Klein 10th; Kurtis Klein, seventh; Mekenna Phillips, 12th; Ryley Phillips, ninth; Cindy Simons, eighth; Alex Spangler, eighth; Kylin Spangler, sev- enth; Whitney Woll- weber, 10th and Cody Zellmer, ninth. Honor Roll Peyton Nolting, fourth; Jack Chen, 11th; Nathan Hagreen, ninth; Makayla Hunt ninth;Natalie Jeffers, 11th; Gunwoo Kim, 12th; Faith Knotts ninth;David Payne, 12th; Jacob Rossey, 12th and Elle Wollweber, ninth. EWU g glimpse of sustainability plan and living building concept By AL STOVER Staff Reporter At the Nov. 20 East- ern Washington Univer- sity board of trustees meeting, Mary Voves, EWU's vice president for business and finance, and Michael Westfall, vice president of uni- versity advancement, presented a final draft of the university's sustain- ability plan and the vi- sion for a sustainability center on campus. Voves said the in- spiration for part of the plan's objective is to create new practices and policies while main- taining current ones to support and promote environmental sustain- ability and stewardship at EWU and the com- munity. "Our students are way ahead of us in their thinking and em- brace their thinking in stewardship," Voves said. Staff created focus groups that looked at sustainability practices from other colleges as well as its own, which include energy man- agement, leadership in energy and environ- mental design certified construction on new buildings, recycling pro- grams, zero-waste pro- grams, climate-friendly purchasing and alterna- tive transportation. "Our weakest link is probably our public transportation," Voves said. "We still have a lot of commuter traf- fic to the campus and our carbon footprint is mostly driven by com- muter traffic in spite of our bus services., Voves said feedback from campus staff has helped identify focus- es, mainly in infra- structure and facility. Staff is also putting a focus on sustainability in their curriculums. She added that stu- dents in residence halls focused on recycling, reducing waste and water. The custodial team has also been us- ing electrolyzed water as an alternative to chemicals when clean- ing buildings. Upcoming projects that will contribute to sustainabilitY efforts include an electric ve- hicle charging site, which will be installed in January 2016. The Pence Union Building will receive a green roof as a part of its remodel and the EWU Interdisciplinary Sci- ence Center (ISC), will be LEED certified. "Our goal is to be a zero-waste campus and we're moving toward that goal faster than we thought," Voves said. Part of the sustain- ability plan included a draft of the Nature Environmental Science Testing and Teaching Center (NESTT), which will be located near the Red Barn. Westfall de- scribed the NESTT as a "living building" where it will receive all of its energy from the sun and water from the rain. $1.96 million. Probert said this was be- cause there is no current funding source for the account. Of the district's total revenue, under 22 percent came from local funding. State funding was at 70.5 percent while federal funding was at 7.1 percent. increased enrollment as well as additional funding from the state." The board also recognized directors Rick Mount and James Whiteley for their years of service. Whiteley, representing District 5 since 2010, was defeated by Mitch Swenson in the November election Probert explained that local funding Mount, who represented District 4 and went down about 2 percent while state : rved on board for 18 years, ofigi- funding increased by the same percent- Pally filed for election but later withdrew age. his name. Stacy Nicol, who taught in the "We can see the state is funding a little .Cheney SchoOl District from 1999-2006, bit more for the school district," Robert ranunopposed in the election and will said. "Overall we saw an mcrease in take over Mount's seat on the board. fundingofabout5.6percentfrom2013-AI Stover can be reached at 14 to 2014-15 and that's a combination Of Contributed photo by Lynn Burns Standing left to dON: Michael Ruotsalainen, Austin Smith, Zach Aris, Kameron Dewan, Jacob McGourin, Jessica Emert, Jorden Glanville and Josh Sarsozo. Sitting left to right: Mykenna Williams, Claire Arensmeyer, Amparo Contreras, Alyssa Kempffer and Maddy Cowan. Not pictured: Alicia Brooks CHS October students of the month Cheney High School Brooks, agriculture, ju- nior; Jacob McGourin, has released the names of nior; Amparo Contreras, kealth and fitness, its students of the month for October. Students are listed as follows by stu- dent name, department and grade level. Claire Arensmeyer, instrumental music, senior; Zach Aris, vocal music, senior; Alicia science, senior; Maddy Cowan, family and con- sumer sciences, sopho- more; Kameron Dewan, support services, sopho- more; Jessica Emert, art, freshman; Michael Ruotsalainen, social studies, junior; Josh Sarsozo, world lan- guages, junior; Austin Smith, robotics, soph- senior; Jorden Glanville, , omore and Mykenna math, freshmen; Alyssa Williams, language Kempffer, business, se- arts, freshman. The building will have an outdoor classroom and lab space where students can grow fresh food, test systems and celebrate nature. Sur- rounding the lab will be various plant life and trees that are native to the area. Westfall said the uni- versity hopes to make NESTT the first living building o'n a public university campus in the United States. There are currently seven cer- tified living buildings in the country - "A liv- ing building is one that produces 110 percent of the energy it needs to operate," Westfall said. "We'd produce more energy than we need and put it back on the grid." There are seven im- See Plan page 8 Academic Student of the Week Freshman, Chase Wolfe Medical Lake Kiwanis Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Noon at the Pizza Factory. The Board meets the 1st Wednesday Of the Month at noon.