elementary school principal Deb Cummings has been named
Distinguished Principal by the Elementary School Principals
Association of Washington. School district superintendent
Gordon Dolman made the announcement at the school boards
regular meeting May 20.
Cummings was one of 18 Washington state principals to be named by the association. Candidates are selected on their contributions to professional growth, educational excellence, community relations and humanitarian activities.
Dolman pointed out that it was highly unusual for any principal with less than 10 years experience to be nominated. Cummings has been principal for six years.
In other district business, long-time Blaine teacher John Freal spoke in support of high school principal Dan Newell who is on leave following his arrest on drinking and driving charges May 11. Freal discussed Newells accomplishments and encouraged the board to allow Newells return to his duties as early as possible.
Saying she was not responding specifically to Newell, board chair Jane Woods said that leave is often a mark of compassion by employers wishing to allow employees time to deal with issues and to allow emotions to dissipate..