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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Special Meeting/Executive Session: February 29, 2024 - 02/28/24

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

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Glover named new Berney Elementary principal (Photo) - 02/26/24

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools announces Sarah Glover has been named principal for Berney Elementary following an extensive hiring process. The principal selection process included two dozen staff, district, school board and parent representatives serving on the Berney Elementary principal screening and interview team. In addition, more than 50 families, community members, students and faculty attended the meet and greet and submitted input.

“Being named principal of Berney Elementary is a tremendous honor and responsibility,” said Glover. “As principal, I look forward to getting to know everyone and fostering a positive learning environment where every child feels valued, supported, and inspired to reach their goals.”

Sarah Glover currently serves as the academic interventionist at Adams Elementary in the Central Valley School District in Spokane. She completed her principal internship last school year. Before becoming the academic interventionist, Glover spent six years teaching 4th grade and served two years as a special education teacher, both at Adams Elementary. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s Degree in educational leadership from Eastern Washington University.

Joining Glover on her new adventure in Walla Walla is her husband of 20 years and four school-aged children. Two of her children will attend Wa-Hi, one will be 6th grader next year and the other will be a 5th grader at Berney. Sarah and her husband Corey keep busy with their kids' activities, but also enjoy playing golf and traveling. They have recently started playing pickleball and look forward to participating in community events and attending Walla Walla Sweet baseball games this summer.

“We are excited to immerse ourselves in all the things that make Walla Walla amazing,” said Glover. “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the district and community for this opportunity to lead Berney Elementary. My family and I look forward to beginning this journey with you.”

Glover will report July 1, 2024.

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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Special Meeting/Executive Session: February 27, 2024 - 02/26/24

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Special Meeting/Executive Session: February 20, 2024 - 02/16/24

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: February 20, 2024 - 02/16/24

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

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James named new Wa-Hi Head Football Coach (Photo) - 02/16/24

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla High School has a new Head Football Coach with Justin James named to take the helm next fall. James was one of three finalists vying for the position made vacant with the recent resignation of Coach Greg Lupfer. Justin James grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School where he played football, basketball and baseball.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be the Head Coach of my alma mater,” said James. “The experiences I had and the lessons I learned as a player in this football program helped shape me into the person that I am today. I’m a better coach, teacher, father, and husband because of what I learned through football.  This is the experience I plan to provide to our athletes.” 

James is currently a 5th grade teacher at Sharpstein Elementary and was the Wa-Hi Freshmen Head Football coach this season. He has been a football coach at Wa-Hi since 2009 in a variety of roles, including Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach. James also coached baseball at Wa-Hi for 11 years.

“This program must be rebuilt on a set of core values,” said James. “Our core values will be rooted in every aspect of this program and will shape our players into successful leaders of this community and beyond. We will produce not only better football players, but also better people.  We will provide memorable experiences, meaningful relationships, and positive outcomes for everyone involved.” 

James says he will get to work immediately to begin charting a new future for Blue Devil Football. He says supporting programs, increasing strength and development opportunities and building relationships with students to increase participation numbers will be focus areas as he begins his tenure.

“I will work tirelessly and devote myself to rebuilding every aspect of this program into something that our community can rally around because they will recognize the discipline, dedication, and determination we display on and off the field,” said James.

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Voters approve both Walla Walla Public Schools levies - 02/13/24

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla voters sent a strong message of support for Walla Walla Public Schools on election night as 65 percent voted YES on the 2024 Replacement Levy, and 58 percent voted YES on the Outdoor Athletic and Activity Capital Levy. Approval of both measures ensures the continuation of programs and learning opportunities funded by the Replacement Learning Levy and critical improvements to outdoor athletic and activity facilities at Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Garrison Middle School. Capital Levy construction will begin this summer with all projects slated for completion by Fall 2026. Thank you Walla Walla for your votes of confidence as we work together to realize our vision of Developing Washington's Most Sought-After Graduates.

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Finalists named for Berney Elementary Principal position (Photo) - 02/12/24

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools announces Amalia Delamora, Don Davis and Sarah Glover have been named finalists for the Berney Elementary principal position. Parents, staff, community members and students are encouraged to meet the candidates Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. during public meet and greet sessions at the Berney Elementary Library. Attendees are asked to complete candidate feedback cards and be present for all three candidate sessions (translation services will be available).

Amalia Delamora is the elementary school principal at Washington Virtual Academies. An online school, she supervises a K-5 staff of 70, serving over 2,500 students. Prior to her current position, she was a principal at St. Patrick Catholic School, a K-8 school. Delamora spent seven years as a middle school teacher and dual language coordinator and four years as an assessment facilitator in the Pasco School District. She is a Bilingual administrator and is currently a Doctoral candidate at Washington State University. Delamora holds a Bachelors of Education Degree in elementary education and bilingual English language from Heritage University. She earned her educational leadership credentials through Western Governors University.

Don Davis is currently the interim principal at Berney Elementary. Prior to his employment with Walla Walla Public Schools, Davis was an elementary school principal in Milton-Freewater for five years. Additionally, he has served as a middle school vice principal and spent seven years as an elementary teacher. He has a Bachelors in Education from Washington State University and a Masters in Education from Western Governors University. Davis earned his administrative Education Specialist credentials from Northwest Nazarene and his administrative license through Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Or.

Sarah Glover currently serves as the academic interventionist at Adams Elementary in the Central Valley School District in Spokane. She completed her principal internship last school year. Before becoming the academic interventionist, Glover spent six years teaching 4th grade and served two years as a special education teacher, both at Adams Elementary. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s Degree in educational leadership from Eastern Washington University.

The new principal will report July 1, 2024.

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Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors Regular Study Meeting: February 6, 2024 - 02/02/24

Supporting documents are available via the following link:  https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

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Finalists named for Walla Walla High School Head Football Coach (Photo) - 02/02/24

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla High School is one step closer to having a new Head Football Coach at the helm next fall. Three finalists have been named for the position, made vacant with the recent resignation of Coach Greg Lupfer.

Nathen Bauer, Oliver Browning and Justin James will interview for the position Feb. 7 following an extensive search. Athletic Director Chris Ferenz is leading a comprehensive process that involves booster club members, parents, current and former players, coaches and administrators.  Athletic Director Ferenz says he is pleased to see the amount of interest in the head football coaching position. He noted all three candidates have extensive coaching experience and have demonstrated the ability to coach at a high level.

Nathen Bauer grew up in Prosser where he played football for Prosser High School on a team that won the WIAA 2A State Title. He was also a standout wrestler in high school and college. He is currently a Physical Education Teacher at Apollo Middle School, Tucson, AZ. He is also a Linebacker and Football Defensive Analyst at Amphitheater High School in Tucson, AZ. Bauer has experience coaching offensive linemen, and was the head wrestling coach at Amphitheater High School for four seasons.

Oliver Browning grew up in Kennewick and graduated from Kennewick High School. He is currently a special education teacher for the Kennewick School District. Browning has 16 years of teaching and coaching experience in Kennewick and Vancouver. He is currently an assistant boys basketball coach and assistant football coach at Kamiakin High School. He also has basketball and football coaching experience at Kennewick High School and Hudson Bay High School in Vancouver, WA.

Justin James grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. James is currently a 5th grade teacher at Sharpstein Elementary. He was the Wa-Hi Freshmen Head Football coach this season. He has been a football coach at Wa-Hi since 2009 in a variety of roles, including Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach. James also coached baseball at Wa-Hi for 11 years.

Ferenz expects to name a new coach some time in February. 

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