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PUYALLUP: School district shows integrity

Letter by Kathleen Betzig, Puyallup on May 9, 2011 at 10:13 am with 1 Comment »
May 9, 2011 3:01 pm

The Puyallup School District has shown a degree of integrity with the negotiated resignation of Rogers High School principal Scott Brittain (TNT, 5-6).

Violations of district policy and supervisor directives are unacceptable. Going on an out-of-state choir field trip, when there are multiple administrative tasks to attend to, is not an activity taxpayers expect of a high school principal. I have no idea why Brittain decided that teaching a chemistry class was within his expertise or within his responsibilities.

The school district has an obligation to account for resources expended and insisting that district employees follow policies and directives. I may vote yes on the next school levy if the Puyallup School District continues to hold distinct employees to the same level of accountability and integrity that is expected of district students.

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  1. AndrewH says:

    Kathleen,
    As a former student of Scott Brittian, I am proud to assure you that he is highly qualified to teach chemistry. When he was beginning training as a vice-principal, he also taught part of the day. I, and many friends, took his first-period Advanced Placement Chemistry course. I can say, without a doubt, that he is very qualified to teach this subject. I remember him as a very dedicated, and extremely skilled teacher, and the majority of our class acheived solid “A” grades.
    None of us can attest to the errors involving this choir field trip, but keep this in mind: If you want to question whether a professional educator is qualified to teach, just ask any of their former students before attacking their “expertise.”
    Again, we cannot say what transpired with being told to not teach a zero-hour class. Personally, I would be ashamed of a school board that would not allow a gifted educator to teach students, when he saw a need for the class, during a time of day (before school), that would not interfere with his administrative duties.

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