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PUYALLUP: Losing principal hurts students

Letter by Emily A. Gogerty-Northrip, Puyallup on May 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | 2 Comments »
May 11, 2011 10:41 am

As a recent graduate of Rogers High School, I find it incredibly frustrating and, for that matter, incredibly sad, that Scott Brittain will not be principal there next year.

I spent three years at Rogers, and by the time I graduated the student population numbered something close to 1,800, yet I never doubted that every day Brittain was going to bat for each and every student, myself included. The learning environment at Rogers was a stellar one, and it was made possible because Brittain cared about all 1,800 of us, individually and collectively.

The impact he had on every student who walked through Rogers’ doors is evident in the sheer number of people – students, parents, teachers and community members – who attended the school board meeting Monday. It is a testament to the quality of their education that so many students care so deeply about what goes on in their school district.

I would hope that Superintendent Tony Apostle and the Puyallup School Board would feel proud of that dedication, but I suspect more and more that they have little to do with it. Indeed, the school board rejected it outright, citing rowdiness as they moved the meeting behind closed doors.

It is people like Brittain who made my time in Puyallup’s schools so excellent. Sadly, I must now say to future students of Rogers: I’m sorry. You’re really missing out.

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