TULALIP — Marysville schools superintendent Becky Berg gave an update on the recovery efforts since the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting six months ago.
“This recovery goes on and on. It’s very much a team effort,” she said. “It’s very much a partnership with the Tulalip Tribes and the city of Marysville, the school district and many other agencies and entities.”
She gave updates on the recovery of the school district, the surrounding community, and the details about a one-year recognition of the tragedy and the funding of a new cafeteria at the high school during the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours April 24.
“Again, we’re trying to stay united and three parties are planning together on what the one-year remembrance should look like,” Berg said. “That is a Saturday, so we’re really happy about that, because we think we can have more community members come out and send a message of unity as well.”
Students were on a partial schedule today, and arranged their schedules to have a 55-minute lunch and remembrance time, Berg said.
“Sadly, it is the six month anniversary of the shooting today,” Berg said. “At the high school, the kids really wanted to recognize that.”
Some students chose to opt out of the remembrance altogether.
“Some students are healing in different ways,” Berg said. “We have this whole span of grieving and recovery with our families, students and staff, so we’re really differentiating supports for them.”
Berg also announced that there would be mental health screenings next month.
“It scares us to death frankly, but summer comes quickly,” Berg said. “And if a child is any danger to themselves, or needs extra mental health support, we want families to know that before summer starts when they have less structure in their lives.
But in light of good news, politicians in Olympia have $5 million in capital budget from which to build a new cafeteria at M-P.
“We will exhale when it’s signed on the dotted line, but between that and some state matching funds, we will be eligible for $7.4 million to help rebuild that,” Berg said.
Berg encouraged everyone to visit the Marysville/Tulalip United websites at www.mtuntied.org to stay updated on the community’s recovery efforts.