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 By Kurt Batdorf    News    May 29, 2024 
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State leaders hear Swinomish Tribe thoughts on literacy and education

The state's top educators want to learn why some Native American students struggle with literacy more than their peers, so they're traveling the state to hear from families. The Swinomish Indian...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 29, 2024 

Transitional kindergarten eyed as option to fill preschool void

When national Head Start budget cuts announced earlier this year spelled the imminent demise of the Little Braves preschool program, La Conner Elementary School Principal Heather ­Fakkema reacted with sadness. But not panic. Fakkema was among those...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 22, 2024
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Berry good: Dean Swanson is outstanding La Conner alumnus

He was raised and again resides on a diversified century-old farm north of town, but more than any single crop it's been goodwill that Dean Swanson has spent a lifetime cultivating. "I've been lucky...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    May 8, 2024

Cram set to lead schools for one year

The La Conner School District should enjoy a smooth leadership transition as the school board on Monday appointed finance chief David Cram to succeed Will Nelson as superintendent for one year,...

 
 By Laurel Demkovich    News    May 1, 2024

National report flunks state's preschool system, despite spending

Washington’s access to quality preschool services falls below many other states, only serving 16% of 4-year-olds and 8% of 3-year-olds, a new national report found. The National Institute for Early Education Research released its annual preschool r...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 24, 2024

School board urged to look within for next leader

The La Conner School Board may not have to look far to find a successor to Dr. Will Nelson. Board president Susie Deyo last week raised the prospect of the school district hiring from within its ranks an acting interim superintendent to succeed...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 24, 2024

School board hears how math improves student confidence

Math is cool again. That’s the message La Conner School Board members heard during their one-hour public meeting Monday night. Math teachers Dan Hansen and Julia Johnson shared with the board via Zoom how the district’s new curriculum has con...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 17, 2024

Give your input to school board on new superintendent

La Conner School Board members want input on what approach should be taken as they seek a successor to Superintendent Will Nelson, who is stepping down after three years. Nelson announced earlier this month that he will be leaving June 30 to accept...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 10, 2024

School board discusses Will Nelson succession plan

The La Conner School Board took its first small steps Monday toward finding a new district superintendent. A shorthanded board met for about 15 minutes in closed executive session to discuss the process for hiring a successor to Dr. Will Nelson, who...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    April 3, 2024

La Conner schools to lose its superintendent

La Conner School District Superintendent Will Nelson, the face of the local district for the past three years, is about to do an about face in terms of his professional career path. Nelson announced in an email to district staff last Friday that he...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 27, 2024

Swinomish leader sees solid future with district

Swinomish Tribal Senate chair Steve Edwards, a La Conner High School graduate, enjoyed a warm homecoming when he met with school board members March 25. Edwards, known for his conciliatory leadership style, focused his remarks on building bridges...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 27, 2024

Little Braves preschool closure was Head Start's decision

Much has been made the last couple years about tough personnel and program cuts at La Conner schools forced by steadily shrinking student enrollment. But in the most recent example of difficult funding choices – and one not of its making – La Con...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 20, 2024
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Oh, so good! Student wins art award

A La Conner fourth grader has learning down to an art form. Halley Oh received a statewide Award of Excellence for Visual Arts, ranking second in her age group (grades 3-5) in the Washington State...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 13, 2024

Enrollment slump continues for La Conner

La Conner Schools officials are bracing for fewer students again this fall. School district financial chief David Cram is projecting 460 full-time K-12 enrolled students in 2024-25, 30 fewer than this year. “That’s the number we’ll use as we build...

 
 By Mary Murphy    News    March 13, 2024
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Zero-emission school buses on the horizon

School districts will be required to transition to zero emission school buses under a law recently approved by the state House and Senate. The bill received numerous amendments after districts voiced...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    March 6, 2024

School board approves switch to 8-man football

La Conner Schools officials tackled the status of Braves football and student enrollment to kick off a lengthy hybrid school board meeting Monday night. District financial chief David Cram reported to board members that K-12 enrollment had dipped...

 

La Conner High School football future in doubt

Community members and La Conner Schools officials met Thursday to kick around ideas on how to structure the high school football program given fallen enrollment. Unless 25 La Conner High students firmly commit by mid-March to playing football this...

 

UPATE – John Agen headed toward victory for District 2 La Conner school board director

The 534 votes counted today, Nov. 16, by Skagit County Elections Office workers did not change any candidate positions in the District 2 La Conner school board director race, nor are there changes in trends. John Agen added eight of the 18 ballots...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    November 8, 2023
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Agen leads in La Conner school board contest

The one contested election for greater La Conner voters in 2023, between John Agen and Janie Beasley for La Conner School District Director Position 2 has Agen with 453 votes, 53.7% after the first...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    October 25, 2023

La Conner has 'School Board of Distinction'

Having committed to a new K-12 math curricula that has already paid dividends in terms of improved student achievement, La Conner school board members Monday also reaped the benefits of that investment. The five-member panel was saluted as a School B...

 

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