The La Conner School District’s unions’ leadership has been invited to meet with the District’s Board of Directors June 25 to start discussion of their no confidence votes in Superintendent Whitney Meissner’s leadership and performance. The format and conditions of the meetings are not what the unions envisioned, however. Monday afternoon emails from Meissner to officers of the La Conner Education Association, LEA, and the Public Support Employees, PSE, read, in part: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
During his more than a quarter-century at La Conner High, Mike Carrigan has tackled a wide range of teaching assignments – from algebra to U.S. history to industrial arts. Turns out, he was a big-time tackler long before arriving here in the early 1990s. A native of Orting, southeast of Tacoma, Carrigan played defensive back at Stanford University, where he squared off against the likes of future Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren and 1968 Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson. Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The beat goes on – and will for the next couple weeks. That’s because the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps, a world class competitive junior musical group, has returned to La Conner to prep for its upcoming national tour this summer. Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Students and staff vacated La Conner campuses for summer break last week. They weren’t alone. The 25-year-old cedar totem pole that is the signature landmark at La Conner Elementary School was removed for summer restoration during special ceremonies Thursday morning. Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Mayor Ramon Hayes pitched a $500,000 proposal for Skagit County economic development funds for a new library in La Conner as a catalyst that will bring new businesses that will revitalize Morris Street. In his five minute presentation Monday, Hayes said the library will “foster an environment for advancement, providing workforce education, tech and vocational workshops, meeting space for enhanced collaboration.” Wednesday, June 19, 2019
FINE ART FOR A FINE AUCTION – The winning bidder of this glass piece by La Conner artist Steve Klein bought a package of a 3-piece kiln-formed glass serving set, a studio experience – tour – at Klein’s home, and a meal for six. Docent volunteers are assisting Ian Lindsay, auctioneer. The photographer is an artist, too. – Photo courtesy of CB Bell
La Conner High seniors went out with a bang Thursday night. Near the end of the school’s 125th annual commencement exercises the large audience at Landy James Gymnasium was briefly shaken by a loud celebratory confetti blast. The surprise dramatic send-off for the Class of 2019 seemed a fitting salute to a student group noted for having done a bang-up job, reflected in numerous academic and athletic successes and devotion to public service and civic projects. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
This corrects and updates the June 5 Weekly News story which inaccurately concluded Georgia Johnson reached an agreement with the La Conner School District to continue as food services director in September for the next school year. Georgia Johnson lost her job without a whisper from her employer June 4 at their specially called School Board meeting. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The La Conner School District’s two unions each turned thumbs down on their boss, Superintendent Whitney Meissner, in “no confidence” votes at meetings each held Friday at the school campus. The La Conner Education Association, LEA, voted 35 to 9, with 44 of 48 members present. The support staff, Public School Employees, PSE, voted 22 to 6, with three abstentions, with 31 of 46 members present. The secret ballot votes were 80 and 79 percent yes, respectively. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Much planning has gone into developing a safe routes to school program here and elsewhere. But, statistically, the safest way for children to get to campus is riding one of those familiar yellow buses, reports La Conner Schools Transportation Supervisor Kim Pedroza. But it’s not as easy as her drivers make it look. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
La Conner artist Barbara Silverman Summers opens ‘Abstract Skagit’ at Cassera Gallery South, Stanwood, Thursday with a reception 5 p.m. in the Design’s NW/ Cassera Gallery Lobby. The exhibit hangs through July 8. Wednesday, June 12, 2019
This corrects and updates the printed June 5 Weekly News story which inaccurately concluded Georgia Johnson reached an agreement with the La Conner School District to continue as food services director in September for the next school year.
Johnson lost her job without a whisper from her employer June 4 at a specially called School Board meeting.
Co-workers, colleagues and friends statements, whether loud and passionate or sent as emails and letters to the La Conner School District Board of Directors, did not win the day. Superintendent Whitney Meissner is not renewing Johnson's contract for food service director, apparently an administrative decision not requiring Board approval.