2021 Accomplishments

2021 Accomplishments

The Forest is protected!

Cleveland High School Memorial Forest Conservation Easement Agreement with King County and Memorandum of Understanding with the Cleveland High School Alumni Association

On March 10, 2021 the Cleveland High School Alumni Association was successful in its efforts to convince Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to sell the development rights to the Memorial Forest to King County Parks Department (KCPD). This major accomplishment means

  • SPS retains ownership of the property
  • SPS collects $3.47 million from KCPD
  • Easement placed on the property to restrict development
  • Property is added to KCPD Forest Conservation plan
  • CHS alumni can rest assured that the property is protected.

Details about this meeting can be found at SeattleSchools.org:

CHSAA and SPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for CHSAA use of the Forest, including:
  • CHSAA is allowed to provide a new concrete sign “The Cleveland High School Memorial Forest”
  • SPS will consider rebuilding the existing lyceum ($120K-$150K)
  • CHSAA and SPS will consider a feasibility study for managing the CHS Memorial Forest, featuring selective harvesting and replanting

In 2021 the CHSAA donated $35,000 for CHS scholarships

Additional 2021 Accomplishments

Aerial View of Memorial Forest

Development Rights Proposal Passed Unanimously

Our proposal to sell the development rights of the CHS Memorial Forest went before the full school board today and . . . PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.  Noel Treat served as the attorney for SPS.  In the discussion prior to the vote, the line most commonly stated was our line . . . It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN situation.  SPS wins, King County Parks wins, and the CHSAA wins.

The proposal also included the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SPS and CHSAA, which calls for $150,000 for a new lyceum, and CHSAA would be allowed to put up a new sign calling it the Cleveland High School Memorial Forest.

Board Meeting Minutes Excerpt:

Cleveland High School Memorial Forest Conservation Easement Agreement with King County and Memorandum of Understanding with the Cleveland High School Alumni Association (Ops, February 4, for approval) Approval of this item would authorize the Superintendent to execute a Conservation Easement Purchase and Sale Agreement with King County and to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between Seattle Public Schools and the Cleveland High School Alumni Association in the form of the draft agreements attached to the BAR, with any minor additions, deletions, and modifications deemed necessary by the Superintendent to implement these agreements. (Updated Since Introduction) Director Hersey moved to approve this item. Director Rivera-Smith seconded. Director DeWolf noted the update since introduction to add an excerpt from the Cleveland High School alumni newsletter. Directors spoke in support of the item.

This motion passed unanimously.

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Newsletter Editor Wanted

Newsletter Editor Wanted!

John Barton, Class of ’54 is resigning after having served as editor of the CHS Alumni Newsletter for 11 years. He is asking for someone to volunteer to take the reins as soon as possible to keep this form of communication to over 7000 subscribers active.

In his own words John writes:

I’m out-of-date, over the hill, ready to retire, and ready to give up this job that I’ve had for over 11 years. The major problem… I don’t connect well with younger readers.

We need someone to advance our beloved newsletter into the 21st century.

We need an editor on the same wavelength as our younger alumni — the millennials, generation X and Y, graduates of the last 40 years. Not someone from the Stoneage.

CHS has many alumni capable of writing and producing our newsletter, from retired school teachers, business people, journalists, wanna-be journalists, to retired engineers – like me. In fact, anyone with the desire can do this job. With the help of me and others, you will become an excellent publication editor in no time. All you need are typing and basic computer skills. You don’t even have to live in the Seattle area.

We need you to VOLUNTEER.

I’ll put out one more newsletter, and after that, the newsletter will fade away unless someone steps forward.

So, to my 7000 readers, we’re looking for one of you to take that step. This is a very rewarding job but we need new blood to make a good connection with our younger alumni.

John Barton, President

If you are interested in volunteering to take on the job of CHSAA Newsletter Editor, please send an email directly to John at barzar3x@comcast.net.