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Crowd demands school action on discipline


Jesse Utz, vice president of the Public Service Employees union, addresses the school board during a tense time when about 40 union members showed up to express their dissatisfaction with the way the school administration has responded to serious discipline problems. The board meeting lasted until nearly midnight. Some 60 people showed up for the meeting Monday night. - Roger Lucas photo

The school board Monday night appeared surprised that many of the school staff and the general public see discipline, or the lack of it, as the number-one issue in the district.

The near six-hour meeting, which ended just short of midnight, had barely begun when Chair Joette Barry opened it up for the traditional time when individuals can address the board.

And did they ever.

For the next two hours, members of the Grand Coulee Dam School District staff and general public told story after story of the sad state of discipline in the district. Tales of bullying, assault of teachers by students...

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