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Principals ready for challenges
August 26, 2014 09:23 pm

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Principal Lisa Dion, right, and Vice Principal Alex Merritt are ready to help students, parents and teachers overcome challenges spurred by recent changes in staff and grading systems at BHHS.

Teachers and students returning to Brookings-Harbor High School on Sept. 2 may do so with trepidation following a year of turmoil and changes throughout the district.

Lisa Dion, the new BHHS principal, wouldn’t blame them.

“We have a community that has lost confidence in our district,” Dion said. “We have parents and students who are feeling disinfranchised. We have teachers and staff who are disillusioned and frustrated.”

The district’s superintendent resigned this summer amid criticism of his leadership skills, the high school principal retired, and nearly a dozen BHHS teachers resigned or retired. Several teachers cited issues with low morale and last year’s trouble-plagued implementation of a new proficiency-based grading system and Common Core teaching. 

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Pedestrian death spurs community concern
August 26, 2014 09:19 pm

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A hand-written memorial where Joyce Betties died
 

The death of Joyce Marie Betties has sparked concern in the Brookings community, with scores of residents demanding a crosswalk be installed north of Fifth Street.

Betties, 73, was struck and killed last Friday while crossing the highway after time spent at the Chetco Activity Center that day.

“I have no anger against the man who hit her,” said Betties’s daughter, Terri Single, of Grants Pass, as she admired the chalk art, flowers and pennies people had placed at the corner of Chetco Lane and Highway 101. “I want to find out what happened before I place anger anywhere.”

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