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Category: Gig Harbor


Peninsula School District also bows out of charter school game

Like their counterparts in Tacoma, school board members in the Gig Harbor-area Peninsula School District have opted out of becoming a charter school authorizer.

Both the Peninsula and Tacoma boards had earlier indicated preliminary interest in the concept.

But on Thursday night, both said meeting the July 1 state deadline to apply for authorizer status would burden district staff who are busy with other work. Also like Tacoma, Peninsula board members left open the option of pursuing charter authorizer status in the future, Peninsula Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto said.

Under the state’s new charter school law, the publicly funded, privately run

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School board candidates: Dexter Gordon challenging incumbent Debbie Winskill in Tacoma

The single school board seat up for grabs in Tacoma currently belongs to Debbie Winskill, who has held it since 1989. But she faces a challenge from a familiar face: Dexter Gordon, the University of Puget Sound professor who ran for a different board seat board two years ago.
He lost to Scott Heinze, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Adam Smith.
School board seats are at-large in the Tacoma School District, so candidates can live anywhere in the district and run for any seat. Tacoma board members are elected for a six-year term.
In 2011, Gordon

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Gig Harbor girl earns volunteer award

Shawna Hetick of Gig Harbor has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award through the Prudential Spirit of Community program. She participated as a member of Pierce County 4-H, where she is in her third year as head of community service projects for her 4-H Club.

Now 13, she’s been volunteering since first grade. Among her volunteer activities: collecting food and coats for the Fish Food Bank in Gig Harbor, growing fresh vegetables to donate, making and serving food at the Tacoma Rescue Mission, serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer and helping at a 4-H booth at the Puyallup Fair.

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