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Archives: May 2011


Puyallup School Board votes again tonight on Rogers principal

The Puyallup School Board is staging a do-over of its May 9 action, when it voted to accept the resignation of popular Rogers High School Principal Scott Brittain.

The vote approving Brittain’s resignation, along with several other personnel actions, took place in a meeting that started at Ballou Junior High, then adjourned to the school district’s downtown office after board members decided audience members protesting Brittain’s treatment by the district were disrupting the meeting.

Brittain had run afoul of district rules and was placed on paid leave while the district investigated. A draft report said he accompanied the school choir

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Clover Park Tech instructor wins award

Kelly Hollowell, computer network/information systems security instructor at Clover Park Technical College , has received the 2011 Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Hollowell was introduced to the computer field when his mother, a key punch operator, gave him his first computer at the age of 14. He’s been working in the IT industry ever since. He has been an Instructor at Clover Park for 10 years.


Tacoma teachers union protests labor relations contractor

The head of the union that represents more than 1,500 classroom teachers and more than 500 other school employees in Tacoma says he’s disappointed in the decision of the Tacoma School Board to hire an outsider to help with contract negotiations.

The current three-year teachers’ contract expires in August.

Tacoma Education Association President Andy Coons said he understood that there was a deal with the school district ensuring that “only those who will be affected by the contract will sit at the bargaining table.”

But school administrators say the negotiating help is needed for several reasons.

The school district eliminated

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Internet safety will be topic at Federal Way school

Protecting children against online predators and objectionable online content will be some of the topics covered at the Internet Safety Night Monday night at Lakota Middle School in Federal Way.

A Federal Way police crime prevention officer and a detective specializing in crimes against children will be among the speakers.

The program, sponsored by the school and its PTA, is designed to help parents and is open to the public. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Lakota commons at 1415 S.W. 314th St., Federal Way.

Topics to be covered include:
– The importance of

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Longtime Lakewood principal retires

Members of the community are invited to celebrate the retirement of Stephanie Van Leuven, principal of St. Frances Cabrini School in Lakewood since 1989.

A special Mass and blessing is scheduled in the parish at 5 p.m. June 4, followed by a reception in the parish hall.

Van Leuven will retire at the end of the school year.


Alaska governor is PLU commencement speaker

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, a 1984 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, will deliver the university’s keynote speech during commencement ceremonies May 29 at the Tacoma Dome.

The public is invited; no tickets are needed. Commencement ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m. May 29; doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Parnell was elected lieutenant governor of Alaska in 2006, then succeeded Sarah Palin as governor following her resignation in 2009.

The Republican governor was elected to a full term in 2010. Parnell, a California native, is Alaska’s 10th governor.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in business administration from PLU, Parnell also

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Play in Peace march will honor Zina Linnik

McCarver Elementary School students will celebrate two new playgrounds, and their power, on Play in Peace Day Friday.

After McCarver student Zina Linnik, 12, was kidnapped July 4, 2007, and murdered, her friends wanted a way to make her Hilltop neighborhood nicer and safer in her memory.

McCarver, Greater Metro Parks Foundation, University of Washington Tacoma and University of Puget Sound and voters who approved a park bond in 2005 made that possible.

The elementary school students worked with the college students and park designers and came up with ideas for a park and garden near McCarver that

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