What’s new in Thurston County schools

THE OLYMPIANSeptember 2, 2012 

GRIFFIN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Estimated student population: 660.

School starts: Wednesday.

School ends: June 13.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $7.4 million.

Administration changes: None.

Other changes: The district is in the midst of a reading curriculum review and adoption, said superintendent/principal Greg Woods. It also is participating in the second year of the state’s teacher/principal evaluation pilot program. In addition, the district will begin using iPad technology in classrooms, Woods said.

Website: www.griffin.k12.wa.us.

Phone number: 360-866-2515.

NORTH THURSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Estimated student population: 14,100.

School starts: Wednesday.

School ends: June 13.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $127.4 million.

Administration changes: Corey Frood is a new assistant principal at Chinook Middle School. He comes from John Sedgwick Junior High in Port Orchard. Kelli Ehresmann is the new director of elementary special education. She hails from the Olympia School District. Beth Mills is the new director of secondary special education. She previously worked in the Steilacoom School District.

Website: nthurston.k12.wa.us.

Phone number: 360-412-4400.

OLYMPIA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Estimated student population: 9,400.

School starts: Wednesday.

School ends: June 13.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $87.5 million.

Administration changes: Dick Cvitanich began in July as the new superintendent, replacing Bill Lahmann, who retired. Human resources director Beth Scouller left for a position with the state and was replaced by Joe Bremgartner, former principal of McLane Elementary School. Jefferson Middle School assistant principal and dean of students Monica West was named interim principal at McLane. Capital High School teacher and summer school coordinator Ivy Marple was named interim assistant principal and dean of students at Jefferson Middle School. L.P. Brown Elementary principal Maureen Spacciante is taking a year of leave, and Linda Heade will serve as interim principal.

Website: www.osd.wednet.edu.

Phone number: 360-596-6100.

RAINIER SCHOOL DISTRICT

Estimated student population: 900.

School began: Friday.

School ends: June 12.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $7.9 million.

Administration changes: None.

Other changes: Elementary school will add a walk-to-Read program, middle school will implement the “Compassionate Schools Program” that focusses on a positive school environment and the high school will reinstate the Traffic Safety Program and expand the online “Rainier Virtual Academy.”

Website: www.rainier.wednet.edu.

Phone number: 360-446-2207.

ROCHESTER SCHOOL DISTRICT

Estimated student population: 2,000.

School began: Wednesday.

School ends: June 12.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $19.8 million.

Administration changes: None.

Other changes: The district plans to implement newly adopted math instructional materials in grades 6-12, superintendent Kim Fry said.

Website: www.rochester.wednet.edu.

Phone number: 360-273-5536.

TENINO SCHOOL DISTRICT

Estimated student population: 1,250.

School starts: Wednesday.

School ends: June 14.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $12.2 million.

Administration changes: Jenny Risner was hired as a vice principal at Tenino High School. She is the former principal of Castle Rock High School.

Major changes: The district recently adopted new mathematics materials, superintendent Russ Pickett said.

Website: www.teninoschools.org.

Phone number: 360-264-3400.

TUMWATER SCHOOL DISTRICT

Estimated student population: 6,250.

School starts: Wednesday.

School ends: June 13.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $61 million.

Administration changes: Karen Gray was hired as principal at Littlerock Elementary School. She is a retired principal who worked in Olympia and North Thurston schools. Andrew Schwebke was hired as director of student learning. He previously oversaw curriculum and instruction in Tacoma Public Schools. Rick Goble is the new supervisor of career and technical education and assessment. He is the former principal at Winlock High School. Kris Blum was hired as the executive director of the New Market Skills Center. She was principal and director of Career and Technical Education at Cle Elum-Roslyn School District. Ken Peterson was hired as accounting supervisor. He worked in accounting and human resources in the Mabton School District.

Website: www.tumwater.k12.wa.us.

Phone number: 360-709-7000.

YELM COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Estimated student population: 5,450.

School starts: Tuesday.

School ends: June 13.

2012-13 general fund budget: About $47.9 million.

Administration changes: Southworth Elementary School principal Lisa Cadero-Smith was hired as director of teaching and learning. Charles Cook was hired as the new principal at Southworth. He is the former principal of Harrah Elementary School in the Mount Adams School District near Yakima. Stewart Tucker was hired as the new supervisor of maintenance, grounds and custodial.

Other changes: The school district has begun a multi-year initiative to implement Marzano Instructional Framework – a program that will help create a common language of teaching and learning, with the goal of improving student achievement, superintendent Andy Wolf said. Teachers will be trained on how to write effective instructional goals, track student progress and engage students in the learning process, he said. The district also has a new Support Operations Center scheduled to be complete by December or January.

Website: www.ycs.wednet.edu. Phone number: 360-458-1900. Sources: School districts, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

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