Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Scott Brittain

May
24th

PUYALLUP: Voters will remember at election time

Several current teachers in the Puyallup School District who are friends of mine describe the leadership of Superintendent Tony Apostle as: “It’s my way or the highway.”

I retired from the district in 1993 as a junior high teacher/coach from Edgemont Junior High. I believe Apostle came on board after I departed. I do, however, remember some great leadership with Sam Peach and Ray Tobison as our superintendents.

Now we have the firing of Scott Brittain, the popular principle of Rogers High School, the most recent issue to deal with.

I first met Scott through athletics, as our teams would

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May
11th

PUYALLUP: Principal has another choice to make

Re: “School district tells rest of its story on Puyallup principal” (TNT, 5-11).

I have no doubt that Scott Brittain is a charismatic leader. What is abundantly clear after reading the documents is that he also did not feel that he had to follow the rules that were established for all district principals. This was his choice.

If the principals are not held accountable to follow rules, how can any of the children or staff be held accountable?

As parents, when our children make the wrong choice with our rules, we give them consequences. Rules are what make a civilized

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May
10th

PUYALLUP: Losing principal hurts students

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

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May
10th

PUYALLUP: Secrecy taints board vote

I am disturbed by the Puyallup School District’s secretive suspension and replacement of Rogers High School Principal Scott Brittain.

The district regularly communicates with parents by automated calls and e-mails. Yet the district initially made no effort to explain its actions. The belated public explanation justified neither suspension nor Brittain’s forced resignation.

The school board, at its Monday meeting, compounded the confusion and secrecy. Many district residents attended to seek an explanation and corrective action from the elected board members. When the board chose to cut off public comment, some persons present interrupted. Board President Cindy Poysnick abruptly announced that

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May
10th

PUYALLUP: Supporters loyal but misguided

Re: “Rogers loses fight to keep principal” (TNT, 5-10).

The Puyallup School Board meeting Monday night was a classic example of gross ignorance caused by lack of knowledge. The Rogers High School students and supporters, while appropriately passionate and loyal to Principal Scott Brittain, are sadly misguided and in many cases highly immature.

It is obvious to anyone with a shred of common sense that the issues involved in Brittain’s situation go way beyond what the school district and Superintendent Tony Apostle can discuss in the media. While this mob has the right to stand in front

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