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The Peninsula School District board of directors unanimously voted to hire Krestin Bahr as superintendent during a live-streamed special meeting March 19. more
A year after its abrupt closure, Peninsula School District schools are now open to all students who want to attend in-person classes. Peninsula, Gig Harbor and Henderson Bay high schools, the last to open, welcomed students in mid-March. more
For many a practical Key Peninsula gardener, this is the time to focus on the vegetable garden —planting seeds, nurturing starts — but this is also a time when the more fanciful aspects … more
Ed Bressette wants to make his little corner of the world a better place. That desire made him a lifelong learner. It led him to a career at the YMCA. It is why he’s fascinated by alternative … more
Planning for the return of students to classrooms has been complicated. Logistics for transportation, meals, recess and passing from one class to another had to be taken into account. more
A passion for art, a love of water and a capacity for nurturing that comes with being the eldest of five children — these are a few of the things that have shaped the arc of Vaughn resident Margo Macdonald’s life. more
In these times of polarization, when it comes to weeds, Key Peninsula gardeners exhibit a refreshingly cheerful agree-to-disagree attitude. Weeds are the bane of many a gardener’s existence. … more
Communities in Schools of Peninsula, whose mission is to identify at-risk students and surround them with a community of support, has been serving students on the Key Peninsula and in Gig Harbor for nearly two decades. When the pandemic closed schools in March 2020, the organization had to adjust quickly. more
Deborah Krishnadasan stepped down in December after serving her two year term as president of the Peninsula School District Board of Directors, but continues in her second elected term on the board. … more
In the dead of winter, at least for some homeowners, thoughts turn to pruning. Deciduous trees have shed their leaves, making it easier to see their structure, and growth is dormant. If you are Tim Kezele, though, you think about pruning all the time. more
Board member Cathy Williams had read about the Downtown Storefront Mural Project in Seattle, a plan to transform boarded up storefronts into canvases. Although Key Center is not plagued by plywood windows, TWAA decided to run with the idea. more
A Pierce County Council attempt to terminate the 48-year-old agreement governing the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and place it under its own control came to an abrupt end Dec 15. more
Food Backpacks 4 Kids, now just over a decade old, transformed during the pandemic. In a matter of months, the organization more than doubled the amount of food going to families. more
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department launched a COVID-19 pilot testing program at three school districts in the county in December, including Peninsula, White River and Eatonville. more
By January gardens are put to rest. Beds are cleared, mulch is spread. In the comfort of winter life spent indoors, people begin to dream and plan for the coming spring. It is a time to cozy up with what, for an avid gardener, may be better than a good novel. more
If there is one certainty about deciding how or if to open schools to students in the midst of a pandemic, it is this: Nothing is certain. The experience of the Peninsula School District has been no exception. more
This year has not been easy. A pandemic. Unprecedented partisan divisions. And now a holiday season, already fraught for many, made more complicated by COVID-related restrictions. Not to mention that the Pacific Northwest is deep in the dark days of winter. None of this bodes well for mental health. more
Emilie Marchio, who has taught kindergarten at Vaughn Elementary School for six years, was delighted to welcome more than a dozen 5-year-olds to class. “I love it. As strange and weird as it … more
The Peninsula School District plan to invite more students back to in-person learning in November stalled Oct. 23 when, in response to record-setting COVID-19 infections in the county, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department advised schools to cease classroom instruction. more
The five-year dream of building a residential addiction treatment center on the Key Peninsula ended in August when the nonprofit Hope Recovery Center board of directors withdrew its application for a conditional use permit. more
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