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Category: Orting


Orting Schools supe in running for national honor

Orting School District Superintendent Michelle Curry is a semi-finalist in the search for superintendent of the year by the
National Association of School Superintendents (NASS). She’s one of six semi-finalists nationwide.

Here’s what the NASS press release has to say about Curry:

Some of Curry’s many achievements include development of a K-5
standards-based report card, initiating an all-day kindergarten class,
establishing the Orting School District Instructional Council, and
implementing Friday collaboration days as a district-wide strategy
that is already producing significant results.

Michelle Curry is widely respected and appreciated in her school

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Stretch of Orting-Kapowsin Highway open again

A section of Orting-Kapowsin Highway was reopened this morning after being closed due to localized flooding.

The highway between 264th Street East and 288th Street East was reopened to traffic at 7:30 a.m. today. The stretch had been closed since noon Friday.

Pierce County Public Works and Utilities said Friday the flooding was caused by heavy rains and large beaver dams affecting drainage on private property on both sides of the highway.

Here’s the update:

Stretch of Orting-Kapowsin Highway reopened following temporary closure

Saturday May 05 2012 4:19 PM

The stretch of the Orting-Kapowsin Highway between 264th St. E.

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Daffodil Festival: ‘Read with a Princess’ events Saturday

Kids can read with a Daffodil Festival princess Saturday at libraries in Tacoma, Puyallup and throughout Pierce County.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 11 a.m. at the following libraries: Gig Harbor, Bonney Lake, Tillicum, University Place, Sumner, Parkland/Spanaway, Summit, Fife, Puyallup, Fern Hill and downtown Tacoma.
  • 1 p.m. at the following libraries: Key Center, Buckley, Dupont, Eatonville, Orting, Kobetich, Steilacoom, Lakewood, South Hill, Edgewood/Milton, Moore  and South Tacoma.
  • 3 p.m. at the following library branches: Wheelock, Mottet and Swasey.

The princesses will read stories, talk with the kids, pose for photos and hand out special gifts.

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Corps awards $450,000 for study of Puyallup River flooding risks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing $450,000 to continue studying ways to address flooding dangers along the Puyallup River.

The funding will allow a six-year study now in its second year to continue without delay. The study – known as the Puyallup River General Investigation – involves local jurisdictions and partners.

Pierce County announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding today.

The Puyallup River Executive Task Force, established by Pierce County in 2008, provides regional coordination for the general Investigation.

The task force includes most local jurisdictions in the Puyallup River basin as well as Pierce County, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Port of Tacoma, King County, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Bogus Orting Middle School Facebook page removed

A Facebook page purporting to be associated with Orting Middle School and featuring what several online commenters described as offensive photos has been taken down, according to Orting Schools Superintendent Michelle Curry.

She said the page was brought to her attention Sunday, but that it was removed, apparently by Facebook. She said the page containing the photos was not affiliated with Orting schools and was not connected to Orting Middle School’s official website. The district was trying to contact Facebook on Monday, she added.


County Planning Commission delays decision on Sumner land proposal

The Pierce County Planning Commission decided last night that it wants more time to consider a proposal that would pave the way for a mixed-used development in Sumner anchored by a YMCA.

It’s now slated to make its recommendation to the County Council in July, said senior planner Dan Cardwell.

The proposal calls for expanding the city’s urban growth area by 182 acres to the south. The Sumner-based Investco Financial Corp. owns most of the property there, and its chief executive officer has listed shops and medical and higher education facilities as possible tenants.

He’s also offered space

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Help Orting schools

The Orting School District will help build a healthier environment for youth with the help of a grant from the state Department of Social and Health Services.
The school district is scheduled to receive $80,600 per year, beginning this July.
The grant will help fund initiatives that prevent substance abuse, reduce juvenile crime and improve academic performance. Members of the community are invited to become involved in helping to plan strategies.
To learn more, or to find out how you can become involved, contact Shelly Smith at smiths@orting.wednet.edu or Hae Man Song at hsong@co.pierce.wa.us.


Puyallup River Valley lahar sirens pass test

Pierce County’s 17 outdoor lahar sirens in the Puyallup River Valley sounded at noon today in a successful test of the equipment and sound coverage, the county said.

The sirens warn of impending volcanic mudflow from Mount Rainier. Since October, the county has tested them once a month.

The sirens are meant to be heard by people who are outdoors, said Paul Shukovsky, a Pierce County Emergency Management spokesman. They’re part of a multi-layered warning system that would be employed in a real lahar event, he said.

There also would be warnings on TV and radio, and the Pierce County

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