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Swinomish have fond farewell for Whitney Meissner


SAYING GOODBYE TO A FRIEND – Whitney Meissner was honored by the Swinomish Tribal Indian Community last week with a farewell ceremony and a Pendleton blanket. Meissner resigned as La Conner School District superintendent June 30 for a job with the Lake Washington School District – Photo courtesy of Lauren Reynolds

Former La Conner Schools Superintendent Dr. Whitney Meissner received a warm send-off, symbolized by receipt of a Pendleton blanket, during a farewell ceremony at the Swinomish Pavilions Thursday afternoon.

Meissner has begun a new assignment as an administrator with the Lake Washington School District after three years in La Conner.

Swinomish officials, staff and students gathered beneath one of the tribal community’s semi-open “cedar hats,” where they wore masks and practiced social distancing as required by state coronavirus-related mandates.

Meissner’s tenure included vocal s...

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