Grants will help Tacoma Whole Child Initiative
The City of Tacoma has awarded a $404,000 grant to boost the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative in the Tacoma Public Schools. An additional $135,500 grant was provided to Comprehensive Life Resources, a community partner working in elementary schools helping to implement the initiative.
The program is a partnership between Tacoma schools and the University of Washington Tacoma to implement a district-wide system of social, emotional and behavioral supports to identify and support kids who may be experiencing social or emotional crisis.
Long-time Puyallup superintendent now leading in Kent
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Tony Apostle, the former Puyallup School District superintendent who retired in 2012, is the new interim superintendent for the Kent School District.
He replaces departing Kent Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas, who is moving to California to work as executive vice president of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a national college readiness program.
Apostle was superintendent in Puyallup for eight years. He has worked in Washington schools for 37 years as a teacher, coach, principal and administrator. He began working as Kent’s interim superintendent on Nov. 25.
The Kent School Board has contracted with search firm Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa to conduct a national search for a permanent superintendent.
University Place seeks to fill board seat
The University Place School Board is seeking candidates to fill the unexpired term of Christine Kilduff. She was elected in November to represent the 28th Legislative District.
To be eligible for a board seat, a candidate must be a United States citizen and a registered voter residing in University Place School District. The appointed board member would have to run for election in November 2015 to keep the seat.
Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Jan. 12. Application packets are available at the University Place School District Educational Service Center, 3717 Grandview Dr. W.
The application packet is also available on the district’s website: www.upsd.wednet.edu.
For more information, contact Lois Frick at 253-566-5600.
Fife closer to picking new superintendent
The Fife School District board will hold an executive session at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The board will interview the finalists for the superintendent vacancy and discuss their qualifications.
No action will be taken at the meeting to be held at the district board room, 5802 20th St. E., Fife.
Sumner teachers to be recognized for excellence
The Sumner School District School Board will recognize its 2014 National Board Certified teachers at its district winter social at 6 p.m. Wednesday. It will be in the Central Administration Office, 1202 Wood Ave., Sumner.
Twelve teachers from the district earned the national certification this year, considered one of the highest marks of accomplishment in teaching.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers