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Oregonian: Records expose Rudy Crew’s spending habits

Rudy Crew was Tacoma’s school superintendent for a few years in the 1990s before departing for a job as head of the New York City school system.

The Oregonian writes about public records that show how, during his recent year as Oregon’s chief education officer, he billed the state for personal travel expenses and tried to get the state to pay for perks such as first-class plane tickets.

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State funds will help fund new and remodeled Pierce County schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced the release of more than $185 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state. The funding includes:

* Tacoma School District: Washington Elementary School project:  $4.7 million

* Clover Park School District, Lakewood: Clarkmoor Elementary School, $6. 9 million;  Greenwood Elementary School, $6.4 million; Harrison Prep/Oakwood/Southgate replacement project: $26.8 million.




Corban University names new president

Sheldon C. Nord became the tenth president of Corban University this month, succeeding  Reno Hoff, who served from 1999 to 2013.

Corban is based in Salem, Ore. but also has a campus in Tacoma. It is an independent Christian university with more than 50 majors and programs of study including professional, liberal arts, and ministry.

Nord served as Vice President of Admissions at Corban, 1990-93 and as a member of the Board of Trustees, 2001-2011.

His education includes a B.S. in social science from Corban,  a master’s degree in college student services administration from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in

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Charter school rules hearing coming to Tacoma

The public is invited to comment on rules being proposed by the body that will oversee charter schools in Washington state.

A public hearing of the state Charter School Commission was held earlier this month in Spokane, and a second hearing will take place in Tacoma. That hearing is set for 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. July 30 in the Tacoma Public Schools Central Administration Building, 601 S. Eighth Street.

The commission will also be holding a day-long meeting in Tacoma that day. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the same location.


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State board freezes community college tuition

For the first time since 1989, tuition at Washington’s two-year colleges will remain flat, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced today.

The freeze applies to both resident and nonresident students, the board’s announcement said. Tuition will remain $4,000 per year for resident students and $9,235 for nonresident students in the 2013-2014 academic year.

“This is an historic event and a great day for our students,” State Board Chair Beth Willis said in a news release.  “We appreciate the Legislature’s decision to provide enough state funding for community and technical colleges to freeze tuition.  The state’s investment will

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Pierce County Library unveils new student-designed cards

Megan Cannon, 11, from Fruitland Elementary School in Puyallup, and Katie Howard, 17, from  Steilacoom High School, are the featured artists on two new Pierce County Library System cards.

People cast 7,000 ballots in a three-week online vote to select the top design from students in kindergarten through sixth grades and seventh through 12th grades.

The winning designs, along with the artists’ names, will appear on new library cards during the library’s seventh annual card drive in October.

Nearly 1,000 young artists had submitted creations in colored pencil, pen, paint, camera and computer-generated art. Professional artists reviewed entries and selected 20

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Steilacoom School Board moves summer meeting dates

The Steilacoom School Board has voted to revise the 2012-13 school year meeting schedule.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 11  has been moved to Thursday. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Steilacoom High School Library, 54 Sentinel Drive, Steilacoom.
The board also scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, June 26 to discuss the District Administration remodel project and personnel issues. The meeting will begin at 6:30
p.m. and be held in the district Professional Development Center, 511 Chambers Street, Steilacoom.


Tacoma schools: Leadership lineup changes announced

Tacoma Schools Superintendent Carla Santorno has created two new departments and announced other organizational changes, including school leadership positions.

Here are changes announced Friday:

  • A new Data and Enrollment Department will manage student enrollment and track data on academic achievement, early learning, safety and partnerships. The district will hire a new director for the department, which will combine staff members from several existing operation.


  • A new Project Management Office will spin out of the Technology Services Department and oversee the work and monitor progress on major district initiatives with a technology component.

Cabinet Member Shaun

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