After Washougal School Board members received “numerous,” calls and e-mails, they decided to remove from consideration an administrative position up for potential elimination.
The position is held by Gordon Washburn at Washougal High School, where he currently serves as associate principal. Under one potential budget scenario, his position would be reassigned as student services director, which would save the district approximately $14,600. This is in combination with not hiring an assistant superintendent and re-assigning the position as a curriculum director.
Under another option, deemed, “worst case,” by administrators, Washburn’s job would have been eliminated entirely, and an associate principal from elsewhere in the district would have been brought in keep administrative staff at the high school to three people. This option would save $126,000.
However, Board President Blaine Peterson said after receiving feedback from concerned community members, he thought it was best to keep Washburn at the high school in an administrative capacity, whether as associate principal or student services director.
“I do not feel that this position should be on the table for budget cuts,” he said.