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PUYALLUP: Losing principal hurts students

Letter by Emily A. Gogerty-Northrip, Puyallup on May 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm with 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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  1. cclngthr says:

    Brittain erred in several areas.

    1. The SF field trip was denied when it was submitted with his name on it. It was approved when his name was not on the attendee list. Having his name on the list was against district policy. He falsified records in the minds of the district administration when he went without direct approval of his supervisors.
    2. He falsified records in the class he was teaching. He told the district there was a teacher team teaching the course when he did it alone. The district was expecting payroll documentation of that teacher. Under contract, only teachers can teach a full course semester. Nobody else is able to under union requirements.
    3. He falsified records by not giving the district accurate information regarding the Ellensburg trip. He was supposed to take 6 students there. He did not do that. Whether or not he was needed at RHS at that time, if he could not go, neither could the students in the eyes of the district.
    4. His communication style regarding district programs is not what the district wants. If he disagreed at any point in the direction and goals of the district, the district has an obligation in their eyes to forward their ideas regardless of disagreeable people. He is not able to disagree at any point in the direction of the district goals. He must agree to forward those goals at all costs.

  2. NoKidding2026 says:

    I feel sorry for the next principal. He is neutered when it comes to taking over the school. Can u imagine his job?

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