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Retiring PASD superintendent speaks to PA Chamber

May 6th, 2014 - 5:55am

(Port Angeles) – The soon-retiring Port Angeles school superintendent says she thinks she's leaving the district in good shape.

Dr. Jane Pryne told the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce yesterday the district has weathered some difficult financial times in the five years since she took the job.

“When I arrived, the district had just laid off 41 people,” said Pryne. “That's was huge.”

But she says enrollment has started to increase, the district hasn't had to lay anyone off this year and the budget is in better shape than expected.

Pryne says revisiting the district's strategic plan and involving a wide group of community members were key in keeping the district moving in a positive direction.

“Enrollment is up and finances are up,” said Pryne. “The district is getting ready to go before voters for a bond to build a new high school and the board will get a report next month on possibly reconfiguring the K-8 grade levels.”

Pryne retires at the end of June.

Dr. Marc Jackson takes over as the next superintendent next month. He is currently superintendent in a southern California district.

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